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List Rules Only albums that are considered the greatest rap or hip hop albums of all time

What are the best hip hop albums of all time? The answer, of course, is totally subjective. Everyone has differing opinions about which hip hop and rap albums should be ranked on top, and that's what this list is all about. Vote for your personal favorite hip hop albums ever, and vote down those albums listed that you don't feel are worthy of the honor. And, while you're at it, head over to the best hip-hop/rap albums of 2012 list and cast your ballot there as well!

The hip-hop albums here represent decades of great music from notables rappers and hip-hop artists -- some we've lost, and others who continue to make great music year after year. Some of the biggest and best hip hop albums ever made include classics like 'The Chronic' from Dr. Dre, 'Fear of a Black Planet' by Public Enemy, 'Paid in Full' by Eric B. and Rakim and 'N***az4Life' by N.W.A. And no list of amazing hip hop albums would be complete without 'Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers' by Wu-Tang Clan and 'Life After Death' by The Notorious B.I.G.

If your favorite hip hop album isn't listed here, by all means, add it. And don't forget to include whatever great 2012 hip-hop albums you loved. They might be new, but some are instant classics.
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1
3,162 974
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Illmatic Nas

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 2000s The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

2
2,248 947
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.

3
2,193 760
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

4
2,186 928
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The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
2,072 796
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6
2,555 1,018
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

7
1,695 656
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Jabapac added Straight Outta Compton N.W.A

8
2,318 726
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

9
1,577 720
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

10
1,654 629
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
2001 Dr. Dre

11
1,338 518
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

12
1,363 569
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

13
1,218 512
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The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

14
1,503 685
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
The College Dropout Kanye West

15
1,393 592
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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16
1,383 608
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

17
1,102 631
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

18
1,066 447
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Stankonia Outkast

19
1,523 712
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

20
958 358
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Aquemini Outkast

21
959 402
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

22
815 337
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

23
756 372
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

24
850 280
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
The Infamous Mobb Deep

25
869 516
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Late Registration Kanye West

26
1,054 570
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

27
869 344
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Madvillainy Madvillain

28
822 277
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

29
748 239
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

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30
846 355
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

31
756 356
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

32
727 354
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

33
644 388
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

34
775 357
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Graduation Kanye West

35
629 188
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
ATLiens Outkast

36
665 189
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

37
622 258
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

38
592 292
Ranker Video

39
561 272
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

40
638 286
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

41
539 287
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

42
526 217
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

43
471 256
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

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44
435 170
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

45
407 168
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
The Predator Ice Cube

46
450 227
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

47
417 235
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Things Fall Apart The Roots

48
392 206
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

49
399 203
Eazy-Duz-It is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Eazy-Duz-It Eazy-E

50
356 143
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Danger... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums