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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
4,096 1,337
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

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2
2,860 1,303
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
3,391 1,394
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
2,659 1,066
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5
2,794 1,205
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The Chronic Dr. Dre

6
2,876 1,056
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

7
2,161 870
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
3,052 1,041
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

9
1,994 916
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

10
2,110 811
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

11
1,739 709
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
1,687 670
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
1,808 756
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

14
1,501 663
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The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

15
1,954 887
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

The Best Hip Hop Logos Of All Time 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

16
1,820 778
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

17
2,050 915
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
1,383 795
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
1,337 581
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

20
1,222 462
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

21
1,166 492
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
1,038 401
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
1,116 643
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

24
1,360 705
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
1,117 353
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

26
917 466
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
1,156 436
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

28
1,046 420
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

29
940 438
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time Girls Reveal The Most Unintentionally Sexy Things Guys Do

30
1,018 343
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
907 439
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
916 301
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

33
792 473
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
1,041 473
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

35
793 243
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

36
886 258
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
723 347
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38
686 322
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
753 314
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
772 357
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
659 246
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
627 345
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
524 199
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

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44
540 308
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

45
554 222
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
499 285
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
551 283
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

48
479 259
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
483 245
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
474 278
The Great Adventures of Slick ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time