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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
6,463 2,464
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
4,632 2,207
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
4,745 1,899
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4
4,540 1,863
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The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
4,542 1,908
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

6
5,173 2,357
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
3,471 1,533
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
3,225 1,639
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
2,804 1,238
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

10
4,706 1,918
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

11
3,269 1,372
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

12
2,539 1,114
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The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

13
2,617 1,202
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

14
2,094 1,380
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 2000s

15
2,851 1,377
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
3,091 1,500
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

17
2,770 1,424
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,252 1,612
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
1,945 830
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

20
2,157 588
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

21
2,129 989
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

The Best Concert Movies Streaming on Hulu

22
1,518 742
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
1,910 800
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

24
1,643 699
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
1,857 571
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,203 1,212
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
1,746 1,071
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
1,514 714
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Hip Hop Stars You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

29
1,876 765
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

30
1,591 688
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
1,555 514
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

32
1,327 539
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33
1,386 763
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
1,592 454
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
1,220 815
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
1,196 379
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

37
1,176 515
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,683 842
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

39
1,314 447
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

40
1,226 507
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,070 402
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
1,183 599
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

43
1,019 551
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

44
915 358
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
872 500
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

46
943 477
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

47
826 468
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart The Roots

48
772 232
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
739 294
Tical is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tical Method Man

50
792 462
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time