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List Rules These are Jay Z's solo albums. No collabs with Kanye, R. Kelly etc should be on here. Vote for his BEST solo album

Jay Z 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. All of these songs were on Jay Z's best albums, which this list tries to figure out what can truly be named his best albums. People think very highly of his debut, Reasonable Doubt, which is widely considered one of the best rap albums. His other work isn't too shabby either. 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 best Jay Z albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Jay Z discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Jay Z albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Jay Z singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Jay Z 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 Jay Z album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
The Blueprint 2001

"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"

"Girls, Girls, Girls"

"Renegade"

The Best Jay-Z Songs of All Time The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Musicians

2
104 21
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
Reasonable Doubt 1996

"Can't Knock the Hustle"

"Dead Presidents II"

"Feelin' It"

3
85 22
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life 1998

"Can I Get A..."

"Money, Cash, Hoes"

"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"

4
106 36
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
The Black Album 2003

"Encore"

"Dirt Off Your Shoulder"

"99 Problems"

5
47 26
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S.... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter 1999

"Big Pimpin'"

"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"

"Things That U Do"

6
33 26
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 1997

"The City Is Mine"

"(Always Be My) Sunshine"

"Who You Wit II"

7
47 33
The Blueprint 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
The Blueprint 3 2009

"Empire State of Mind"

"Run This Town"

"Young Forever"

8
46 32
American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
American Gangster 2007

"Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..."

"I Know"

"Blue Magic"

9
37 26
The Blueprint 2: The Gift & Th... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse 2002

"'03 Bonnie & Clyde"

"Excuse Me Miss"

"Hovi Baby"

10
32 27
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000

"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"

"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"

"Change the Game"

11
37 39
Magna Carta... Holy Grail is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
Magna Carta... Holy Grail 2013

"Holy Grail"

"Part II (On the Run)"

"Tom Ford"

12
20 38
Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
Kingdom Come 2006

"Lost One"

"Hollywood"

"Show Me What You Got"

13
1 0
4:44 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jay Z Albums
4:44 2017

"The Story of O.J."

"4:44"

"Bam"