Jay-Z, The Blueprint (2001)
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
At the peak of his powers Jay-Z dropped the The Blueprint, arguably his greatest accomplishment. Jay's debut might be more lyrical, but BP remains one of the most influential rap records ever recorded. Featuring production from then newcomers Just Blaze and Kanye West, the album brought soul samples back to the forefront of rap.