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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

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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.

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1
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Nas (1994); Tracks: N.Y. State of Mind, One Time 4 Your Mind & Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park)
2
good kid, m.A.A.d city ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Kendrick Lamar (2012); Tracks: Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe & Compton
3
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Tupac Shakur (1996); Tracks: Got My Mind Made Up, Only God Can Judge Me & Ambitionz az a Ridah
4
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Dr. Dre (1992); Tracks: The Roach (The Chronic Outro), Stranded on Death Row & The Chronic (intro)
5
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Mobb Deep (1995); Tracks: [The Infamous Prelude], Q.U. - Hectic & [Just Step Prelude]
6
2001 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Dr. Dre (1999); Tracks: Still D.R.E., Murder Ink & Ackrite
7
My Beautiful Dark Twiste... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Kanye West (2010); Tracks: Who Will Survive in America, Runaway & Lost in the World
8
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Nas (1996); Tracks: Shootouts, Suspect & Watch Dem Niggas
9
Straight Outta Compton ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added By N.W.A (1988); Tracks: Fuck tha Police, If It Ain’t Ruff & Compton’s N the House (remix)
10
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Kanye West (2004); Tracks: I'll Fly Away, School Spirit (skit 1) & We Don't Care
11
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Ch... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Wu-Tang Clan (1993); Tracks: Protect Ya Neck, C.R.E.A.M. & Tearz
12
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Outkast (1998); Tracks: Y’all Scared, Skew It on the Bar‐B & Da Art of Storytellin’
13
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By The Notorious B.I.G. (1994); Tracks: The What, Juicy & Things Done Changed
14
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By The Notorious B.I.G. (1997); Tracks: Notorious Thugs, Miss U & I Got a Story to Tell
15
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Outkast (1996); Tracks: Wheelz of Steel, Mainstream & Ova da Wudz
16
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Madvillain (2004); Tracks: Rhinestone Cowboy, Strange Ways & Rainbows
17
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By GZA (1995); Tracks: Cold World, Investigative Reports & I Gotcha Back
18
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By A Tribe Called Quest (1993); Tracks: We Can Get Down, Clap Your Hands & Steve Biko (Stir It Up)
19
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By A Tribe Called Quest (1991); Tracks: Excursions, Jazz (We’ve Got) & Verses From the Abstract
20
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Outkast (2000); Tracks: Stankonia (Stanklove), Good Hair (interlude) & Gangsta Shit
21
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Tupac Shakur (1995); Tracks: So Many Tears, Lord Knows & Temptations
22
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Snoop Dogg (1993); Tracks: Lodi Dodi, Bathtub & U Betta Recognize (Pump Pump intro)
23
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Eric B. & Rakim (1987); Tracks: Extended Beat, I Know You Got Soul & I Ain’t No Joke
24
The Miseducation of Laur... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Lauryn Hill (1998); Tracks: Nothing Even Matters, Superstar & I Used to Love Him
25
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
By Ice Cube (1990); Tracks: Better Off Dead, Rollin' Wit The Lench Mob & Once Upon a Time in the Projects