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The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time  

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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
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The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
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Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas
3
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
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre
5
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
6
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur
7
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
8
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
9
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added N.W.A
10
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre
11
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar
12
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg
13
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
14
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
15
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.
16
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West
17
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest
18
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur
19
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
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Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast
21
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West
22
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep
23
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim
24
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast
25
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time