At this point in hip hop, longevity has become a rarity in this genre. While country and rock artist greats are still making quality music and being praised for their trailblazing and legacy, hip hop is all about the "new" generation and whose poppin' now. Its more about the Tyler The Creator's, the Kid Cudi's, the Kendrick Lamar's or the Freddie Gibb's...and lessa bout the pioneers and innovators of hip hop that define this rap shit. I hear this all the time...."Nobody checkin' for Nas bruh"..."Nigga who Rakim? This new Ross that shit tho!"...."I mean yea that white boy be spittin, but aye you hear that new Kid Ink tho???"....."Kool Moe Dee??? That some nigga you know or soemthing?" Hip hop is all about the "what have you done for me lately" mentality, and in a game that is always changing, its is not an easy to task for artists with lengthy careers to stay relevant and at a high level. Eminem for a lot of years was out the loop, Nas well...to the younger audience (20 and younger) is just another rapper who they HAVE to think is great, but really don't understand what makes him great. Common is accepted but never discussed in any "hot emcee" or "GOAT" categories. Ice Cube is performing at the House of Blues, Wu Tang gets almost no respect from this young crowd, and Busta Rhymes has to feature on every hot rapper's track just to keep his name in your mouth, not having a decent album to stand on. Like I said, longevity in this game is hard to obtain, from a decade to decade standpoint. If one rapper, if one artist has mastered this art of staying relevant, appealing to all ages and demographics of this thing we call hip hop, its none other than who else....
JAY-Z: THE FAVORITES...
13. Best of Both Worlds (with R. Kelly)
12. In My Lifetime Vol.1
Standout tracks: Where I'm From, You Must Love Me, Imaginary Player
11. Watch The Throne (with Kanye West)
Standout tracks: New Day, Welcome to the Jungle, Murder to Excellence, Who Gon Stop Me
10. Kingdom Come
Standout tracks: Lost One, Beach Chair, I Made It, Do You Wanna Ride, Kingdom Come
9. Vol.2...Hard Knock Life
Standout tracks: Hard Knock Life, Nigga What, A Week Ago, Money Cash Hoes
8. The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
Standout tracks: All Around the World, Meet The Parents, Blueprint, Some How Some Way, Guns & Roses.
7. Vol.3...Life and Times of S. Carter
Standout tracks: So Ghetto, Dopeman, Big Pimpin, Do It Again, NYMP
6. The Blueprint 3
Standout tracks: (Damn near the whole album, but Ima chill for yall) What We Talkin Bout, Thank You, A Star is Born, Already Home, Empire State of Mind.
5. American Gangster
Standout tracks: Pray, Ignorant Shit, Say Hello, Success, American Dreamin, I Know.
4. The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Standout tracks: DYNASTY INTRO, This Can't Be Life, Soon You'll Understand, I Just Wanna Love You, Streets is Talking.
3. The Black Album
Standout tracks: Encore, What More Can I Say, 99 Problems, PSA, Allure, Lucifer, Moment of Clarity.
2. Reasonable Doubt
Standout tracks: the whole album, get mad.
but I say that to say this...
1. The Blueprint
Standout tracks: the whole album, fuck it.
But how do you rank all of Jay-Z's album? Did I get it wrong? What's too low, what's too high? What points did I miss? What do YOU think? Let me know and please continue to support my blog and be on the look out for more posts. And sorry, no videos this time. Do your own research.