Worst To Best: Every JAY-Z Album Ranked
JAY-Z's 4:44 has become a critically-acclaimed entry into his lengthy catalog. Since it's release in June 2017, fans have dissect the album's deeply personal lyrics and overarching themes. In an interview with Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson, it was mused as to where the album ranks in Jay's canon.
From Reasonable Doubt to The Black Album, Jay has delivered some truly classic LPs over the course of a 20+ year career. Of course, that doesn't mean everything he ever put his name on was gold. But the beauty of longevity is following the ups and downs--everybody is hit and miss. The intriguing thing about Jay's discography is even his "misses" are relatively interesting, but his best stuff is what truly cements his status as one of the greatest of all time.
4:44 featured veteran hitmaker No I.D. producing the entire project, and many of Jay's best albums feature Jay working prominently with only one or two producers to land a cohesive sound (a notable exception is 2003's The Black Album.) Since the album's release, Jay has done the aforementioned interview, and given notes on the songs to explain his creative processes and inspirations. In addition, JAY-Z will embark on a tour in support of the album in the fall.
In the meantime, here's our look at the discography of Shawn Carter. He's been telling us about his life and times for a generation. And it's obvious we still can't get enough of listening.
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