Ranking Jay-Z’s Albums

Jay-Z is the most successful emcee in history. With 14 number one albums on the Billboard chart (11 in a row as a solo artist), 21 Grammys, over 100 million records sold, and countless other side deals, he has repeatedly gone beyond the normal bounds of what a rapper could do.

Ranking Nas’s Albums

For more than a quarter-century, ever since he first stole the show on Main Source’s “Live at the BBQ” all the way back in 1991, Nas has been crafting incredible rhymes and blessing microphones. He has a stack of classic verses, to the point that some of them don’t even appear on his own LPs. Though […]

The Top 20 Wu-Tang Albums

Below is a list I created in November, 2013, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It was published on Medium and then republished by Hip Hop Golden Age. In honor of today – November 9, 2018 – being the 25th anniversary of the release of that album, I chose to […]

Ranking Eminem’s Albums

“[Eminem] seems to revel in the ways that he can break and reshape the laws of the language.” – Adam Bradley, Book of Rhymes  Eminem is one of the all-time greats, a surefire future hall of famer. He’s one of the most commercially successful musicians ever, the second highest-selling singles artist of all time with over 220 […]

Ranking All 21 “Best Rap Album” Grammy Winners

Much like the NBA, the Grammys have a complicated relationship with hip-hop. Decisions like Young MC’s “Bust a Move” winning over Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” have led many to believe that those who vote on the Grammys have no clue about real hip-hop.

Ranking All 34 John Grisham Books

John Grisham has released thirty-four books — thirty-two novels, one collection of short stories and one work of non-fiction. Since I have loved his work (to varying degrees) for years — flaws and all — I decided to rank them. (This list excludes the Theodore Boone series and Kindle singles.)

The 10 (More) Best Scenes from “The West Wing”

This is a follow-up to The 10 Best Scenes from The West Wing Taste is subjective. Rankings are subjective. And personal preferences are subjective. So, when you combine those three, people will appreciate the attempt and applaud the effort, but also wonder how you could forget that one thing that is clearly as good as […]