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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.

1
9,332 3,958
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
6,719 3,409
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
6,697 3,046
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
6,618 2,753
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
7,739 3,293
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

6
6,723 2,812
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
5,132 2,184
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
6,981 2,821
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
4,686 1,948
2001 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

10
4,620 2,460
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

11
4,037 1,817
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
4,349 1,962
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

13
3,555 1,622
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

14
4,856 2,233
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

15
4,213 1,982
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
5,239 2,461
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

17
3,658 1,744
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

18
2,981 2,033
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
3,120 901
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

20
3,378 1,704
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

21
2,691 1,155
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
2,336 954
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
3,042 1,365
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

24
2,714 1,086
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

25
2,631 846
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,046 1,032
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,623 1,502
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
2,667 1,107
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

29
2,157 700
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,233 1,019
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,122 983
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
1,943 1,062
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,685 1,225
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

34
1,791 568
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

35
2,320 663
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

36
1,669 690
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
1,898 595
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

38
1,687 1,124
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,680 780
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,475 538
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,457 741
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

42
1,296 499
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

43
1,645 811
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

44
1,642 669
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,148 607
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart The Roots

46
1,176 661
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

47
1,133 587
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

48
1,321 635
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
995 424
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill

50
1,147 347
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time