Hip-Hop Albums 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
1
15,833 6,648
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas
2
13,605 7,231
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
3
11,110 5,355
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
10,302 4,243
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre
5
10,406 4,793
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
6
10,822 4,215
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur
7
8,033 3,527
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added N.W.A
8
7,791 3,976
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
9
7,783 4,111
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
10
12,071 4,278
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kendrick Lamar
11
7,104 3,794
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg
12
7,611 3,028
2001 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre
13
6,166 3,179
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
14
6,326 2,689
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.
15
5,663 2,561
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest
16
9,598 3,896
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
17
8,354 3,422
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West
18
5,633 2,554
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur
19
5,107 1,512
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep
20
4,549 2,901
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
21
4,666 2,017
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast
22
4,193 1,597
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast
23
3,884 1,712
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim
24
4,379 2,242
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West
25
3,449 1,475
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time