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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.

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. Whether you're a fan of more recent hits or those classic hip hop albums, be sure to vote up what you think are truly the greatest rap albums of all time.

list ordered by

1
10,056 4,332
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

2
8,680 3,561
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

3
7,266 3,681
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

4
7,115 3,324
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
7,091 2,973
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
7,261 2,999
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
5,532 2,333
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added N.W.A

8
4,908 2,140
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
4,784 2,154
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
7,597 3,042
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar

11
5,070 2,098
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

12
4,906 2,629
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

13
4,326 1,933
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

14
3,787 1,858
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
3,771 1,735
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

16
5,248 2,453
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

17
5,711 2,694
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,912 1,883
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
3,174 2,186
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

20
3,344 981
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

21
3,225 1,449
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
2,832 1,230
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
2,488 1,031
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
2,900 1,150
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

25
2,761 912
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,151 1,090
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,810 1,646
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

28
2,882 1,178
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,276 744
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,361 1,078
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,243 1,085
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
2,091 1,119
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,479 714
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
2,940 1,361
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

35
1,903 623
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

36
1,765 741
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
2,020 639
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

38
1,552 580
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,770 1,225
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,725 836
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,557 787
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

42
1,747 865
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

43
1,374 535
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

44
1,712 716
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,036 577
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

46
1,240 628
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

47
1,192 655
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Roots

48
1,220 699
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Public Enemy

49
1,368 678
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

50
1,085 462
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Cypress Hill