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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.

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1
5,766 2,157
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

2
4,343 1,566
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3
4,114 1,992
Ready to Die is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.

4
4,107 1,659
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The Chronic Dr. Dre

5
4,053 1,726
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur

6
4,641 2,142
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

7
3,128 1,378
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
2,917 1,441
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

9
2,508 1,104
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.

10
2,960 1,218
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

11
4,171 1,720
good kid, m.A.A.d city is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Good Kid, M.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar

12
2,307 987
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The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

13
2,368 1,093
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

14
2,574 1,223
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 2000s

15
1,914 1,215
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

16
2,470 1,274
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

17
2,732 1,360
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

18
1,773 738
Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Paid in Full Eric B. & Rakim

19
2,873 1,446
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

20
1,941 908
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

21
1,929 527
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

22
1,753 727
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

23
1,390 675
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

24
1,712 499
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
1,490 631
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

26
1,955 1,111
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
1,560 982
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

28
1,427 459
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

Hip Hop Stars You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

29
1,710 703
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

30
1,455 638
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
1,347 662
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
1,230 494
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33
1,268 698
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
1,098 752
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

35
1,077 341
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
1,070 477
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
1,415 418
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

38
1,477 774
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

39
1,199 411
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

40
1,135 472
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
942 515
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
983 373
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

43
1,090 560
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

44
834 335
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

45
805 469
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

46
861 440
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

47
762 438
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart The Roots

48
700 202
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
649 252
Supreme Clientele is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Supreme Clientele Ghostface Killah

50
678 265
Tical is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Tical Method Man