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The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time

Updated July 10, 2020 703 votes 56 voters21 items

The loss of a famous musician often feels like that of a good friend, and the best posthumous rap albums act as a great way to remember the fallen hip hop artists who mean so much to us. This list features full-length albums from some of history's top rappers that were released after we lost the artists behind them. Suffice to say, even though the stars did not get to appreciate the success of these LPs during their life, we're very thankful for the fact that we have them now.

Records from old school legends like the Notorious B.I.G.'s Born Again and Tupak Shakur's The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (released under his Makaveli pseudonym) stand up to the caliber of the rest of their discographies. From more recent times, Mac Miller's Circles featured a selection of entirely new songs, and is as engaging of an album as any of his prior work. 

What do you think are the best posthumous rap albums? Vote up your favorites below, and be sure to add any that you think we might have missed. 

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    Yeeeah Baby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Album Released: 2000

    Musician's Passing: 2000

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    Eye Legacy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Eye Legacy

    Lisa Lopes

    Album Released: 2009

    Musician's Passing: 2002

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    A Son Unique is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    A Son Unique

    Ol' Dirty Bastard

    Album Released: 2004

    Musician's Passing: 2004

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    Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin’ Compton

    Eazy-E

    Album Released: 1996

    Musician's Passing: 1995

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    Circles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Circles

    Mac Miller

    Album Released: 2020

    Musician's Passing: 2018

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    The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time

    Album Released: 1996

    Musician's Passing: 1996

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    Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Life After Death

    The Notorious B.I.G.

    Album Released: 1997

    Musician's Passing: 1997

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    Legends Never Die is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Album Released: 2020

    Musician's Passing: 2019

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Album Released: 2006

    Musician's Passing: 2006

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    Come Over When You're Sober, P is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2

    Lil Peep

    Album Released: 2018

    Musician's Passing: 2017

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    The Big Picture is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time

    Album Released: 2000

    Musician's Passing: 1999

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    The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time

    Album Released: 2010

    Musician's Passing: 2007

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    Born Again is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Born Again

    The Notorious B.I.G.

    Album Released: 1999

    Musician's Passing: 1997

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    Better Dayz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Better Dayz

    Tupac Shakur

    Album Released: 2002

    Musician's Passing: 1996

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    Ghetto Dreams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Ghetto Dreams

    Fat Pat

    Album Released: 1998

    Musician's Passing: 1998

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    Dre Day: July 5th 1970 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Dre Day: July 5th 1970

    Mac Dre

    Album Released: 2008

    Musician's Passing: 2004

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    Skins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Skins

    XXXTentacion

    Album Released: 2018

    Musician's Passing: 2018

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    Come Over When You're Sober, P is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2

    Lil Peep

    Album Released: 2018

    Musician's Passing: 2017

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    King Of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    King Of Hearts

    Camu Tao

    Album Released: 2010

    Musician's Passing: 2008

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    In Love And War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    In Love And War

    Francis Magalona, Ely Buendia

    Album Released: 2010

    Musician's Passing: 2009

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    UGK 4 Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time
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    UGK 4 Life

    Underground Kingz

    Album Released: 2009

    Musician's Passing: 2007

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