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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
10,026 4,322
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

2
8,647 3,546
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

3
7,238 3,672
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
7,095 3,318
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
7,060 2,969
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
7,236 2,992
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
5,514 2,327
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
4,887 2,128
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
4,760 2,144
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
7,566 3,036
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
5,050 2,095
2001 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

12
4,889 2,623
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

13
4,307 1,932
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G.

14
3,772 1,848
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
3,760 1,729
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
5,233 2,444
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

17
5,692 2,684
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,898 1,881
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
3,166 2,181
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

20
3,332 978
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

21
3,214 1,448
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
2,828 1,227
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
2,480 1,029
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
2,892 1,147
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

25
2,757 909
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,146 1,087
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,804 1,642
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

28
2,873 1,175
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,273 742
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,356 1,076
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,234 1,085
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
2,086 1,117
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,471 712
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
2,932 1,358
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

35
1,899 620
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

36
1,760 740
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
2,017 638
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

38
1,550 578
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,724 834
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,767 1,224
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,553 786
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

42
1,744 862
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

43
1,370 533
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

44
1,708 715
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,034 573
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

46
1,238 626
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

47
1,192 654
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Roots

48
1,219 698
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Public Enemy

49
1,365 677
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

50
1,084 460
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Cypress Hill