11. Kingdom Come
What can I say about this? Hmmm. Disappointment (see. Hollywood). This is the album you give me after retiring. C'mon Jigga!!!
10.The Blueprint 2
It's a bad sign when you re-release the same album a couple months later with half the song axed (see Blueprint 2.1).
09.Vol. 3 Life and Times of S.Carter
This is a funny album. This is my Love/Hate album. Every song on here I either REALLY love (see NYMP) or REALLY hate (see Snoopy Track).
.08 The Blueprint 3
This is Jiggaman's best impression of a Kanye album.Oh Yea... Ya'll can love me or hate me for this one but Blueprint 3 > Cuban Link 2. Annnnnd... Best Song Evar = Thank You
.07 Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life
The album that turned Jay-Z into a mega-star (see Hard Knock Life). Respect.
.06 Vol.1 In My Lifetime
This album had the best 3 song sets EVAR!!! (see Imaginary Player-Streets Is Watching-Friend Or Foe '98 & Real Niggaz-Rap Game/Crack Game-Where I'm From) buuuuut it also lost hella cool points for I Know What Girls Like...thanks Puff Daddy!
.05 American Gangster
Great Beats and Good Rhymes...that is all.
.04 The Dynasty:Roc La Familia
This is a very important album for Jigga. This is the album where it all started to come together (see Kanye and Just-Blaze). This album was the blueprint for The Blueprint in my opinion.
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.03 The Blueprint
The album that changed the game. Seriously. This brought sampling back single-handedly. Plus it had one of the greatest diss-records of all time (see. The Takeover). Every producer came super hard on here (minus Timbo and Tone and Poke).
.02 Reasonable Doubt
Classic. I don't have enough space (or time) to talk about Jiggamans first studio album. If you don't have this (which a lot of pseudo Jigga fans don't) go get it. NOW!
.01 THE BLACK ALBUM
This is the one people. Hands down. This is Jay-Z's BEST album. This also marks the first time he admittedly wrote his rhymes down (gasp!). The ONLY song I can't fox wit on this album is Justify My Thug and it's not because of the rhymes. I just didn't like the DJ Quik beat ( I do fox wit Quik so don't get it confused). This is Jigga's most focused, polished piece of work to date. It had to be. He was supposed to retire after this album, lol. Let's not forget all the GREAT remix albums that spawned from this album too (see The Grey Album and The Brown Album). I can't begin to tell you how awesome this album is to me. I know a lot of people have a soft spot in their heart for Reasonable Doubt. But, as a whole, The Black Album is the better piece of work.