When an artist has a discography as vast as the one Jay Z has compiled, fans fight tooth and nail to assert which albums were the best (and which were the worst). Fortunately, Jay Z decided to give us a present on his Dec. 4 birthday by ranking his own albums, thus ending all disputes. (Or not.) Jay even provided a short explanation for each album. Check out the list below, via Jay's website.

jay z albums

  1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
  2. The Blueprint (Classic)
  3. The Black Album (Classic)
  4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
  5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
  6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
  7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…fuck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
  8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
  9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
  10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
  11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha)
  12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)

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  • 1995

    UNITED STATES - circa 1995: American rapper Jay-Z. (Photo by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • 1995

    UNITED STATES - circa 1995: American rapper Jay-Z. (Photo by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • 1998

    Jay Z during Billboard Awards '98 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

  • 1999

    Jay Z during The 1999 MTV Movie Awards at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

  • 2000

    Portrait of American rapper Jay-Z (born Shawn Carter), New York, New York, 2000. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

  • 2000

    Jay-Z "The Dynasty" record release party

  • 2001

    Jay Z in Easthampton, New York (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

  • 2002

    Jay-Z during LIFEBeat's Urban AID 2 Benefit Concert at Beacon Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

  • 2002

    "Spankin' New Music Week" with Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles and Solange Knowles on MTV's "TRL" - November 21, 2002

  • 2003

    FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 25: Musician Jay-z performs at the DVD Release Party for 'Scarface' Sepetember 25, 2003 in Farajdo, Puerto Rico. The DVD hits the streets on September 30. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

  • 2004

    Jay Z during 2004 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party - Arrivals at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

  • 2004

    P Diddy, Jay Z during Universal Music Group's Grammy Reception at The Palm Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage for Universal Music Group)

  • 2004

    Jay-Z and Beyonce during 2004 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

  • 2005

    Beyonce and Jay-Z during The 77th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

  • 2006

    Jay-Z, winner of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for 'Numb/Encore' (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

  • 2007

    2007 Cannes Film Festival - Dolce & Gabbana Party

  • 2008

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 3: Rapper Jay-Z gestures at a 'Promote The Vote Block Party' in support of Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) November 3, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Campaign for Change staged the event one day before the U.S. presidential election between Obama and Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). (Photo Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

  • 2009

    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Jay-Z attends Rihanna's 'Rated R' album release party at the juliet Superclub on November 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)

  • 2010

    MIAMI - OCTOBER 20: Jay-Z attends Jay-Z And Bing Launch DECODED Search Experience At Delano at Delano Hotel on October 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Musician Jay-Z and singer Beyonce attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

  • 2012

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Recording artist Jay-Z accepts the Best Group Award onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET)

  • 2012

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Jay-Z attends 'NBA 2K13' Premiere Launch Party at 40 / 40 Club on September 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

  • 2012

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Jay-Z attends the grand opening of the 40/40 Club at Barclays Center on September 27, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

  • 2012

    Beyonce and husband Jay-Z arrive for the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The oath is to be administered by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jay-Z attends the 'The Great Gatsby' world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on May 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • 2013

    BROOKLYN, NY - JULY 03: JAY Z attends JAY Z and Samsung Mobile's celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album, available now through a customized app in Google Play and Samsung Apps exclusively for Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III and Note II users on July 3, 2013 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Samsung)