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The Best Hip Hop Albums

List Criteria: 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. 1
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    Wu-Tang Clan More
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  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Illmatic

    Nas More
    96
  3. 3
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    Dr. Dre More
    95
  4. 4
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    89
  5. 5
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    Snoop Dogg More
    88
  6. 6
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    Eminem More
    87
  7. 7
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    A Tribe Called Quest More
    85
  8. 8
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    Tupac Shakur More
    83
  9. 9
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    79
  10. 10
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    Raekwon More
    79
  11. 11
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    Tupac Shakur More
    79
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    often listed
    Reasonable Doubt

    Jay-Z More
    78
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    Public Enemy More
    77
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    Niggaz4Life

    N.W.A More
    77
  15. 15
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    Tupac Shakur More
    77
  16. 16
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    Eric B. & Rakim More
    77
  17. 17
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    Lauryn Hill More
    75
  18. 18
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    Dr. Dre More
    75
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    Public Enemy More
    75
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    Fugees More
    74
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    OutKast More
    74
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    N.W.A More
    73
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    50 Cent More
    72
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    Late Registration

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    72
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    The Eminem Show

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    72
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    Ice Cube More
    71
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    Slick Rick More
    70
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    Madvillain More
    70
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    GZA More
    70
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    Paul's Boutique

    Beastie Boys More
    69
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    OutKast More
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    Midnight Marauders

    A Tribe Called Quest More
    68
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    Beastie Boys More
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    Eminem More
    66
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    Kanye West More
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  36. 36
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    Jay-Z More
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    Big Pun More
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    Black on Both Sides

    Mos Def More
    66
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    LL Cool J More
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    The Black Album

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    OutKast More
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  42. 42
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    Cypress Hill More
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  43. 43
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    The Roots More
    64
  44. 44
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    Ice Cube More
    63
  45. 45
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    De La Soul More
    63
  46. 46
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    The Pharcyde More
    63
  47. 47
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    Big Daddy Kane More
    62
  48. 48
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    Beastie Boys More
    61
  49. 49
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    Nas More
    61
  50. 50
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    Goodie Mob More
    61
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