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If you’re a famous rapper and successful entrepreneur—like Jay Z—how do you celebrate your 44th birthday (besides going vegan… more on that later)?

By celebrating his super successful career as an artist, of course!

On his blog, Life + Times, Mr. Carter—who just turned 44 yesterday, Dec. 4—ranked his 12 studio albums that he’s put out during his 12-year career as a professional rapper.

According the 44-year-old superstar, Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, The Black Album and Vol. 2… Hardknock Life top off the list because they’re all “classic,” while he called American Gangster No. 4 ½ for being “cohesive.” His most recent album Magna Carta Holy Grail came in at No. 6 and In My Lifetime Vol. 1 placed seventh.  

We especially enjoyed No. 8, The Blueprint 3—not only did he say that “Empire State of Mind" gave Frank Sinatra a run for his money, but he also wrote “Sorry critics, it’s good.”

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Finally he ended the list with The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse  and Kingdom Come.

Yesterday on the same blog, Jay revealed that he and Beyoncê were going vegan for 22 days—until Christmas—to celebrate his 44th birthday.

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“This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ every day,” he wrote. “It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought… Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day… it just feels right!”