Music

Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked 

Ranker Hip Hop
Originally by
Updated April 3, 2020 26.4k votes 3k voters 14.5k views 84 items

List Rules Only rappers with at least three studio albums

Hip hop heads, it's time to rank rap artists with the best albums. The best rapper discographies are based on singles, composition, songs, lyrics, beats, and even hype. This list of rappers with the best albums only includes studio albums, but you can vote for rappers with the best mixtapes here. Which rapper has the best discography?

When it comes to voting for the best rapper discography, Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Eminem are usually the first rappers mentioned. Hip hop fans all agree that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, To Pimp a Butterfly, and The Marshall Mathers LP are some of the best rap albums of all time. 

Vote for who you think are the rappers with the best albums. Feel free to add any rappers missing from the list as well, and when you're finished, head on over and vote on the best rap lyricists of all time.

list ordered by
1
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

The Life of Pablo, Yeezus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 808s & Heartbreak, Graduation, Late Registration, The College Dropout, Watch the Throne

More Kanye West 

The Best Kanye West Albums of All-Time #511 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #810 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time

2
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
3
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

4:44, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, The Blueprint 3, American Gangster, Kingdom Come, The Black Album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, The Blueprint, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Reasonable Doubt, Watch the Throne, Unfinished Business, The Best of Both Worlds

More Jay-Z 

Every Athlete Signed To Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, Ranked #542 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #2,402 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time

4
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
5
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..., 2Pacalypse Now, Still I Rise, Pac's Life, Loyal to the Game, Better Dayz, Until the End of Time, R U Still Down? (Remember Me), The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

More Tupac Shakur 

A Timeline Of How Biggie And Tupac's Friendship Turned Into An Infamous Feud #253 of 274 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the Worldlisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

6
Nas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

Illmatic, It Was Written, I Am..., Nastradamus, Stillmatic, God's Son, Street's Disciple, Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled, Life Is Good

More Nas 

The Best Nas Songs #508 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #13 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

7
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
8
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Encore, Relapse, Recovery, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

More Eminem 

The Best Eminem Songs of All Time #560 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #246 of 289 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

9
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
10
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

4 Your Eyez Only, Born Sinner, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Cole World: The Sideline Story

More J. Cole 

The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked #7 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #75 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

11
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

The 18th Letter, The Master, The Seventh Seal

More Rakim 

#62 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #8 of 206 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time #18 of 138 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

12
DMX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

Undisputed, Year of the Dog... Again, Grand Champ, The Great Depression, ...And Then There Was X, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

More DMX 

The Best Songs Feat. DMX #763 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

13
ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
14
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

Free Weezy Album, Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter, Tha Carter IV, I Am Not a Human Being II, I Am Not a Human Being, Rebirth, Like Father, Like Son, 500 Degreez, Lights Out, Tha Block Is Hot

More Lil Wayne 

The Best Lil Wayne Songs of All Time #9 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

15
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
16
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator, Lethal Injection, War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc), War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc), Laugh Now, Cry Later, Raw Footage, I Am the West

More Ice Cube 

The Best Ice Cube Movies #1,463 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #957 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time

17
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

Get Rich or Die Tryin', The Massacre, Curtis, Before I Self Destruct, Animal Ambition

More 50 Cent 

The Best 50 Cent Songs #1,127 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #11 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

18
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

Neva Left, Coolaid, Bush, Reincarnated, Doggumentary, Malice n Wonderland, Ego Trippin', Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss, Tha Last Meal, No Limit Top Dogg, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, Tha Doggfather, Doggystyle

More Snoop Dogg 

The Best Songs Ft. Snoop Dogg #637 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

19
Travis Scott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
20
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

Black on Both Sides, The New Danger, True Magic, The Ecstatic

More Mos Def 

The Best Mos Def Songs #242 of 289 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #1,637 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

21
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
22
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked
23
Redman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

Whut? Thee Album, Dare Iz a Darkside, Muddy Waters, Doc's da Name 2000, Malpractice, Red Gone Wild: Thee Album, Reggie, Mudface

More Redman 

The Best Redman Albums of All Time #888 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #76 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time

24
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Blunted on Reality, The Score

More Lauryn Hill 

The Best Lauryn Hill Songs #588 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

25
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

The Meth Lab, Tical, 4:21... The Day After, Tical 2000: Judgement Day, Tical 0: The Prequel

More Method Man 

The Best Method Man Albums of All Time #48 of 501 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #11 of 206 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time