A few months ago, around the time Yeezus was all, “More like Magna Carta Holy FAIL, I ranked all of Kanye and Jay Z’s albums, from worst to best. At the bottom, among Hova’s releases: The Blueprint 3. At the top: Reasonable Doubt. Jay Z would punch me in the face then give me a rough — but not TOO rough — shoulder massage for those picks, because he half agrees with me: yesterday, for no apparent reason, Jay ranked his own discography, from Kingdom Come (“First game back, don’t shoot me”) to Reasonable Doubt (“Classic”). Indeed.
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…fuck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)
“Sorry critics, it’s good.” Well, thousands of jobs just became obsolete.