Great: Reasonable Doubt > The Blueprint > The Black Album Good: Vol. 1 > 4.44 > American Gangster > Vol. 2. OK: Watch the Throne > Vol. 3 > The Dynasty : The Blueprint 2 > The Blueprint 3 > The Carters > Kingdom Come > Magna Carta Holy Grail > Best of Both Worlds > Unfinished Business
He’s had a savvy knack of flipping between selling out entirely and artistic credibility/fan service his whole career. Has a solid legacy for an artist that’s released so much utter guff, and a decent knack for making music for a guy whose rapping skills have long rusted.
Reckon it has a decent share of the best stuff he’s ever done on it, and a fair bit of fluff – just isn’t consistent as those big three for me. That said, it’s an essential document of rap music in the immediate aftermath of the deaths of 2Pac and Biggie. In that sense, it’s the other album of his that can be considered a classic record.
Since it’s back on Spotify, I’ll give it another listen and see if I can move it up a tier
Thanks, to all who recommended this album. So good! Never really rated anything I’d heard him on before (mainly guest features in this decade), so it’s good to finally see why he got to where he is today.