When it comes to music, people love to talk shit. Their own opinion is valued over that of others, and that’s fine; that’s essentially the premise of music criticism. But what happens when the artist is asked to judge his or her own craft, questioned about which project he or she favors the most? Today, perhaps in a reflective mood on his 44th birthday, Jay Z shared his ranking of his own albums from best to worst via Life + Times. Take a look at how Hov ordered his 12 albums below.

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)

(Life + Times)