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And it is hard to argue with his top four, though you will probably want to register a Life+Times comment name just to yell at him about "Empire State of Mind." ("Sorry critics, it's good.") But that is the point — you are supposed to yell at Jay Z in this circumstance. It is the reason for the List Season. Anyway, here are his rankings. (The notations are Jay's. Forgive him for not following the traditional countdown-list format; he is new to this.)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 »

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