18. Jay Z, Magna Carta ... Holy Grail
No matter how much bigger Shawn's bank account gets, he's still the same, old hungry boy from Marcy. But on Magna Carta ... Holy Grail, the boy is caught in a struggle with the man he hopes he's portraying himself to be. Even though he goes on a stunting spree for majority of the album, it's all just playthings in this game.
His most prized possessions? A woman who stuck by him despite his dark past, a team who is closer to him than his own bloodline and a daughter who has taught him that love is worth more than vices and sacrifices. However, Hov lets his tax bracket run his rhymes simply because he's the only one who can perform these excessive stunts: "Making love on a million" and owning a home that could rival the Louevre. Jay Gatsby even creeps up in "Somewhereinamerica." New money never sounded so good. Still, he makes the luxury rap sound like a business venture we can all cash in on (even a twerking Miley Cyrus). —Adelle Platon