Greatest 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
11,852 4,821
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Nas

2
9,977 4,785
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

3
8,329 4,057
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
8,021 3,680
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
7,927 3,264
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

6
8,157 3,306
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

7
6,191 2,617
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
5,590 2,633
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

9
5,516 2,676
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

10
5,451 2,933
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Snoop Dogg

11
8,669 3,322
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
5,711 2,362
2001 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Dr. Dre

13
4,853 2,127
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
4,388 2,197
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

15
4,303 1,940
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
5,990 2,731
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

17
6,553 3,023
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
4,348 2,088
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tupac Shakur

19
3,787 1,129
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Mobb Deep

20
3,509 2,390
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

21
3,577 1,601
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

22
3,138 1,356
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim

23
2,737 1,171
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
3,200 1,268
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

25
3,038 1,017
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,340 1,203
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
3,170 1,811
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

28
3,251 1,300
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillain

29
2,526 821
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,611 1,193
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,783 815
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
2,339 1,220
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,442 1,196
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
3,353 1,503
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Kanye West

35
2,223 704
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Outkast

36
2,093 691
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan

37
1,926 815
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,699 645
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,817 922
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,929 1,316
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,716 870
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Beastie Boys

42
1,867 771
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

43
1,496 597
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ice Cube

44
1,901 944
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,128 643
Niggaz4Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
N.W.A

46
1,070 608
8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
8 Mile Eminem, Various Artists

47
1,777 1,054
Tha Carter III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Lil Wayne

48
1,328 693
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
1,290 715
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Roots

50
1,322 752
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Public Enemy