Self-reflection is difficult, especially as we get older, but at the age of 47, Jay-Z decided to have challenging conversations with himself on his thirteenth studio album, 4:44. Hov explained that the name of the album was inspired by the time he saw when he woke up on the night he wrote the title track. The title might be somewhat coincidental, but there is nothing about 4:44 that isn’t purposeful, as Hov spends 10 tracks discussing the importance of generational wealth and investing, embraces his mother for accepting her sexual identity, and dissects how his own ego and infidelities have impacted his marriage. Some have viewed it as the answer to Beyoncé’s critically-acclaimed album Lemonade, but in reality, 4:44 is the result of Jay-Z coming to grips with his reality and going to therapy.

A deeply personal and soul-bearing album like 4:44 is a shining example that there is no time limit for growth, and no age limit for hip-hop. From a lyrical perspective, Hov still manages to find new pockets that can connect to the street entrepreneurs, family-oriented folk, and younger generations alike. Over a dozen studio albums, one retirement, and a few decades deep into his career, Hov still has it. To commemorate the five-year anniversary of 4:44, we decided to rank all of its songs from worst to best. (Note: for the purposes of this list, we focused on the 10 original songs and omitted bonus tracks.)