Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Remembering the significance attached to The Black Album when Jay-Z first dropped his supposed last LP in 2003 is kind of like getting emotional about the funeral of a friend who you later found out faked his death. Hov's been back now longer than he was ever away, but his recent triumphs still haven't topped his premature farewell statement. It's not his best album, but "99 Problems" has slowly become perhaps his most famous song, "P.S.A." continues to destroy stadiums every damn time, and at this point we'll even let missteps like "Change Clothes" and "Justify My Thug" ride out more often than not.