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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. And don't forget to include whatever great 2017 hip hop albums you loved. They might be new, but some are instant classics.

1
9,451 4,018
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
6,803 3,461
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.

3
6,764 3,098
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

4
6,701 2,794
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
7,911 3,328
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

6
6,805 2,844
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

7
5,199 2,209
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Jabapac added Straight Outta Compton N.W.A

8
7,068 2,855
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

9
4,758 1,974
2001 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

10
4,668 2,491
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

11
4,089 1,839
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

12
4,460 1,988
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

13
4,319 2,006
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

14
3,584 1,649
The Low End Theory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

15
4,903 2,273
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

16
3,707 1,770
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

17
5,300 2,505
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
3,443 1,721
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
3,010 2,064
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

20
3,162 917
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

21
2,704 1,171
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

22
2,359 965
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
3,070 1,379
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

24
2,743 1,097
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

25
2,643 862
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
2,059 1,045
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
2,647 1,524
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
2,686 1,124
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

29
2,170 712
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

30
2,250 1,033
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
2,148 1,005
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
1,970 1,073
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

33
2,718 1,245
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

34
1,811 580
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

35
2,351 675
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

36
1,681 705
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
1,922 606
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

38
1,701 1,146
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
1,493 548
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
1,687 794
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instru... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
1,477 753
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

42
1,312 507
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

43
1,659 823
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

44
1,646 684
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

45
1,154 619
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart The Roots

46
1,152 595
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

47
1,181 671
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

48
1,329 644
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
1,011 432
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill

50
1,156 354
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time