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9Kanye West
Jesus Is King

Strange album. Not as bad or as much of a departure as some would make it out to be, but it certainly ain't good. I do like some of the textures.

8Kanye West

Always had a weird soft spot for this one--there's something compelling about its energy and aesthetic that I can't put my finger on. Most of the tracks aren't bad by any means, but the only one I ever remember is the opener, even right after jamming front to back. This feels like an unfocused EP, and I don't even mind short albums. Unremarkable.

7Kanye West
The College Dropout

This album was a turning point for hip-hop and remains an important part of the Ye legacy. Some quintessential jams, but also a good handful of duds and too many lackluster skits.

6Kanye West

Yeezus is impressive right off the bat, but ultimately blends together resulting in an album that isn't memorable as a whole. Don't get me wrong, the music and lyrical content here are incredible, but it falls lower on my ranking simply because it fails to leave a lasting impression.

5Kanye West
Late Registration

Overall a more focused, smoothed out version of College Dropout. Late Registration trims some of the skit content, replacing this with jams and finding success where the debut sometimes floundered. Still, it can't seem to maintain its energy over the long runtime, and has a few duds.

4Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Iconic. Yes, 808s and Heartbreaks changed the course of hip-hop music, but MBDTF always felt like a more immediate and obvious recipient for this accolade. It's daring, bold, and unafraid to be many things at once--a kaleidoscopic representation of mainstream music in the 2010s. It's grown off of me substantially in the past several years, but that doesn't change how I feel about it in my heart—it's freakin' awesome.

3Kanye West
The Life of Pablo

This one really snuck up on me (thx Drifter for wakin' me up from my 'good snooze'). Life of Pablo's tracklist flows so naturally, it's almost hard to believe it's nearly 70 minutes long and has about a million features. It also feels like a magnificent hybrid of old and new Kanye, with nods to virtually all the different production styles he's employed over the course of a 25 year career. Really cool stuff.

2Kanye West

I was in middle school when Graduation came out, but never really discovered my love for it until my early 20s. There are a few weak moments, but overall, it's a forceful, impassioned statement from an artist ready to move into a new phase of his career. I think it's one of the best modern pop albums ever made.

1Kanye West
808s and Heartbreak

Favorite yeezy, easy. I know it might be cliché to praise the personal, reflective qualities on display here, but I think this is a huge part of what makes the album so special. Sure, Kanye gets personal at different points throughout his discog, but on this record, he is baring his soul—I don't think I've listened to it once without tearing up or at least getting chills. Focused, sincere, and innovative, 808s and Heartbreaks sits proudly at the top of my Kanye ranking.

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