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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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Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Illmatic Nas

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

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The Chronic Dr. Dre

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The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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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

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

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

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Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

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Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

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The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

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The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
The College Dropout Kanye West

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Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Late Registration Kanye West

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The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
The Infamous Mobb Deep

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

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The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

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The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Madvillainy Madvillain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

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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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The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
The Predator Ice Cube

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Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Things Fall Apart The Roots

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

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Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

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

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

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The Great Adventures of Slick ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums