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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
4,125 1,349
Illmatic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Illmatic Nas

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2
2,881 1,311
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
2,675 1,073
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4
3,412 1,408
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

5
2,811 1,211
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The Chronic Dr. Dre

6
2,887 1,064
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
2,173 877
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
3,074 1,051
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
2,003 922
Doggystyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Doggystyle Snoop Dogg

10
2,117 822
2001 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
2001 Dr. Dre

11
1,749 715
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
1,698 671
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur

13
1,821 767
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

14
1,507 670
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The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest

15
1,968 892
The College Dropout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The College Dropout Kanye West

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16
1,829 786
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

17
2,064 919
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

18
1,388 801
Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

19
1,342 585
Stankonia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Stankonia Outkast

20
1,228 464
Aquemini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Aquemini Outkast

21
1,174 494
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
1,045 403
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

23
1,123 647
Late Registration is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Late Registration Kanye West

24
1,370 710
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

25
1,124 354
The Infamous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Infamous Mobb Deep

26
922 468
It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

27
1,160 439
Madvillainy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Madvillainy Madvillain

28
1,052 421
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

29
946 440
The Blueprint is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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30
1,026 345
Liquid Swords is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

31
912 440
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hil... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

32
921 304
Midnight Marauders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest

33
797 475
The Black Album is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

34
1,046 477
Graduation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Graduation Kanye West

35
797 244
ATLiens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
ATLiens Outkast

36
892 260
It Was Written is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

37
728 349
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38
691 324
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

39
756 316
Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

40
776 360
Stillmatic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

41
662 247
Death Certificate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

42
630 348
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

43
527 200
The Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
The Predator Ice Cube

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44
541 312
Fear of a Black Planet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy

45
557 224
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan

46
554 284
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

47
501 287
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
481 261
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

49
484 248
Eazy-Duz-It is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time
Eazy-Duz-It Eazy-E

50
476 280
The Great Adventures of Slick ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time