The Best Hip Hop Albums

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

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    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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    The Chronic Dr. Dre

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    All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

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    The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem

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    Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers Wu-Tang Clan

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    Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

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    Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

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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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    The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    The Slim Shady LP Eminem

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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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    Good Kid, M.A.A.d City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

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    The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


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


    The Eminem Show Eminem

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


    Stankonia Outkast

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    Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

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


    Aquemini Outkast

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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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    Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent

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    It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy

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    The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Tupac Shakur

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    Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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    Late Registration Kanye West

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    The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    The Infamous Mobb Deep

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


    Liquid Swords GZA

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


    The Blueprint Jay-Z

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    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill

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    The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums

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    The Black Album Jay-Z

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


    Madvillainy Madvillain

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    Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Black on Both Sides Mos Def

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    The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    The Complete Score Fugees

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    Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

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


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    The Predator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


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    Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

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    It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    It Was Written Nas

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    ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    ATLiens Outkast

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    Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals Raekwon

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


    It's Dark and Hell Is Hot DMX

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    Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

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    Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums


    Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... Tupac Shakur

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