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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. And don't forget to include whatever great 2017 hip hop albums you loved. They might be new, but some are instant classics.

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1
3,643 1,164
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

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2
2,583 1,139
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.

3
2,551 1,057
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The Chronic Dr. Dre

4
2,616 920
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

5
2,966 1,213
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

6
2,385 958
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7
1,955 775
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added Straight Outta Compton N.W.A

8
1,816 821
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
2,694 899
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

10
1,913 725
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

11
1,572 643
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

12
1,546 599
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

13
1,374 593
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The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

14
1,604 682
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
1,731 803
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

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16
1,593 704
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

17
1,253 722
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
1,796 826
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
1,217 524
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

20
1,111 411
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

21
1,072 447
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

22
944 371
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
849 415
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
993 589
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

25
1,213 637
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
1,004 316
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

27
1,017 389
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

28
967 384
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

29
852 398
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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30
937 312
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
823 397
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
713 436
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
834 269
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

34
912 429
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

35
713 216
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

36
786 221
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
669 318
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38
693 286
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
717 325
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
626 299
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
599 231
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
587 313
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

43
511 277
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

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44
475 183
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
505 195
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

46
462 259
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart The Roots

47
503 253
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

48
442 227
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
445 225
Eazy-Duz-It is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eazy-Duz-It Eazy-E

50
445 259
The Great Adventures of Slick ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time