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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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    Snoop Dogg More
    89
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    89
  6. 6
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    Eminem More
    87
  7. 7
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    A Tribe Called Quest More
    86
  8. 8
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    Tupac Shakur More
    84
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    Raekwon More
    79
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    Tupac Shakur More
    79
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    The Notorious B.I.G. More
    79
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    often listed
    Reasonable Doubt

    Jay-Z More
    78
  13. 13
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    N.W.A More
    77
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    Public Enemy More
    77
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    Eric B. & Rakim More
    77
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    Tupac Shakur More
    76
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    Public Enemy More
    76
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    Lauryn Hill More
    75
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    Dr. Dre 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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    Eminem More
    72
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    50 Cent More
    72
  25. 25
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    Kanye West More
    72
  26. 26
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    Ice Cube More
    71
  27. 27
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    Slick Rick More
    70
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    GZA More
    69
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    Beastie Boys More
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    Madvillain More
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    OutKast More
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    Licensed to Ill

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    67
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    Midnight Marauders

    A Tribe Called Quest More
    67
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    LL Cool J More
    66
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    Jay-Z More
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    Eminem More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The College Dropout

    Kanye West More
    65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Black Album

    Jay-Z More
    65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Capital Punishment

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    Black on Both Sides

    Mos Def More
    65
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    Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

    OutKast More
    65
  42. 42
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    Cypress Hill More
    64
  43. 43
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    De La Soul More
    64
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    Ice Cube More
    64
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    The Roots More
    63
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    The Pharcyde More
    62
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    Goodie Mob More
    62
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    Big Daddy Kane More
    62
  49. 49
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    Beastie Boys More
    61
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    Cypress Hill More
    61
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