How the fu*k is American Gangster 'forgettable'? That's a top 3 Jay album. And sure, WTT is a joint effort but his verses on that album were mostly GREAT, why shouldn't it count as an indicator oh where he's at musically?
Ask people what their top jay albums r. See what albums critics rate the highest. When u think of jay z, u think of reasonable doubt just off of gp. Then comes the life and times, and blueprint 1 and 2. And of course the black album which solidified him. Especially when he said "I drop that black, album then I back out it as the best rapper Alive n*ggas ask about me from, bricks to billboards, from grams to Grammys". When I heard that I was like, yea, that boy know he a god damn legend. After that its been laziness since he proved he didn't have to try anymore. "I'm flyin out to Pisa, just to get some pizza" "she heard i move that d, have her by the bladder she like oh I gotta pee" lol "I be tryna chill bi*ches wanna fu*k me, every little city that I go, fu*k me"