That's to say nothing of the way he and his equally GOAT wife bodied beat the odds this year and delivered a compelling joint album that has more in common with Watch the Throne than it does “Hollywood.” Jazz is widely known as one of the greatest rappers of all time, and with good reason.
The man with many nicknames also has just as many hit songs. People think very highly of his debut, Reasonable Doubt, which is widely considered one of the best rap albums.
While people generally think that it drops off after a certain point, it's up to you to determine if that's true or not. This is our list of the bestJayZalbums, including pictures of the album covers when available.
This Jazz discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top JayZalbums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Jazz singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.
If you think the greatest Jazz album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it, so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums ; if you have a favorite Jazz album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.
Money Ain't a Than (feat. Seven years ago, I took up the monumental challenge of ranking JayZ’s entire incredible catalog.
Since 2013, Jay has dropped two more LPs, released an album with wife Beyoncé, and has continued to solidify his position as the figurehead of hip-hop. So today, let’s look back at Jay’s entire career with fresh eyes, ranking his LPs from bottom to top.
Kelly isn’t too bad here, but Jay seems totally on autopilot, resulting in a handful of decent tracks and more than a few disposable ones. (Death of Autotune).” HOV’s first single lyrically power bombed dozens of lazy rappers who were coasting to radio success by singing like Star scream.
EDD said: Light, so if you’re a longtime Soul In Stereo head, you know that The Dynasty is BY FAR my least favorite Jazz album, personally speaking that is. But, in the interest of objectivity (and in an effort to stop urinating on your nostalgia for this album) I revisited it for the sake of this re-ranking and, honestly, it has aged much better than Blueprint 3.
EDD said: This was the first time I saw cracks in Nigga’s seemingly impenetrable platinum armor. Jay’s fourth consecutive album in as many years had its moments, but his creative juices were clearly drying up.
Although light on memorable cuts, this album is much more cohesive than those featured earlier on our list. This was also the first time we got a more mature Jay, a persona that he’d embrace with greater success in latter years.
Half promotional tool, half LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail is yet another divisive release in Jay’s catalog, where he seemed to spend more time bragging about brunch in Paris and shopping for artwork than talking about stuff that’s relatable. Jay’s diehards weren’t too pleased with the glossy new approach and his Ted Disease bars but different isn’t necessarily BAD.
Forgotten favorites: “Tom Ford,” “FUT,” “Part II (On the Run)” EDD said: I contend that this is a five-star album hidden buried amongst a bunch of mixtape throwaways.
EDD said: There’s nothing like being awakened from a Saturday afternoon nap from frantic texts proclaiming “BEYONCÉ AND JAZZ DROPPED A SURPRISE ALBUM HARASS MY LIFE,” but that’s exactly what happened in the summer of 2018. After two solo releases that detailed the ups and downs of their marriage, Everything is Love completely committed to celebrating their union.
And while you all know most trap songs make me itch, their artistry shines through when lesser artists would have coasted on gimmicks. Yeah, I’d much rather hear Beyoncé singing than rapping but hey, the Carters are having fun.
Seriously, go back and listen to this one; I dare you to find three albums released this year that can measure up to it. As Jay was transitioning into his role as elder statement and Kanye West was ascending to rap’s elite, Watch the Throne really felt like the union of two titans.
Coming in with a ton of hype and living up to most of it, Watch the Throne is a slightly bloated but ultimately satisfying collab that, unfortunately, served as the swan song of “Old Kanye.” Jay didn’t take a backseat, though, sounding sharper than he had in recent memory. EDD said: OG fans of Soul In Stereo know that for years I defended Jazz as the best rapper alive.
I hope you think piece writers still aren’t misunderstanding his message: The album is about not blindly forgiving infidelity, it’s a cautionary tale warning men to mature or risk losing it all. No ID’s immaculate production and Jay’s most personal lyrics ever make it one of the better albums in his legendary catalog.
While not an official soundtrack to the titular film, Jay basically retells the story using his own life experiences. Add some of the most lush production Jay has ever spit over, and you have an incredible piece of work.
If you listen to some Nigga fans, they’d swear he arrived on the scene and immediately became the greatest of all time after one song. It wasn’t until this album, Jay’s third solo release, that he went from respected underground rapper to hip hop megastar.
EDD said: Around the time this album dropped, rumor around the Internet was that Jay recorded this set in seven days. Lyrically, Jay may have been at his peak here, throwing around lines that are still being quoted a decade later.