Top Ten Greatest Rap Albums

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21 Get Rich or Die Tryin - 50 Cent

Greatest album, either this or the marshal mathers lp. Listen to the whole album front to back. In the club, if I can't, 21 questions, like my style, pimp, blood hound, patiently waiting, wanksta to name a few. The whole track list had songs that would've been singles for any other rapper but this list needs to update and be real with the truth...

There's a reason this album sold over 10 million copies. It is amazing. 50 cent raps like he is already on top of the rap game, this combined with Dr. Dre's beautiful production makes for one of if not the best album of the 2000's. Who in the world hasn't heard In the club

Best album ever, doesn't have one bad track. The beats are crazy good and 50 cent just tears it up. I could listen to it all day. My personal favorite songs are in the club, wanksta, PIMP, if I can't and like my style but they're all very good.

Best rap album of all time.. Then beg for mercy

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22 Raising Hell - Run DMC Raising Hell - Run DMC

walk this way, its tricky, my adidas

23 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon

Every song on this album is amazing

This is one of the best albums ever, in the same level as 36 chambers, truly masterpiece.

You can listen to this album from front to back.

underrated

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24 Graduation - Kanye West

Not one Kanye album sounds similar to the other and I think that's beautiful! This plunged Kanye into mainstream with its killer production and authentic sound! Good choice!

Kanye is just perfect on this album almost reaching his prime.
The stories are both about overcoming hunger, success, going for your dreams
It's an actual graduation.
Best albums of all time for me, after My Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Kanye West best 14 tracks of his career,

This is the best rap album of all time. Not even a Ye fan

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25 Revolutionary Vol. 2 - Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2 - Immortal Technique

Absolutely stupendous album, I genuinely can't find a single bad track on this entire album. One of the most underrated records of all time.

Very underrated album, should be on top - fuadmondeo

One of the most meaningful, political, lyrical albums of all time, deserves to be top 10.

A great album

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26 The College Dropout - Kanye West The College Dropout - Kanye West

Superb album from start to finish, there's no dip in quality. The songs and skits are brilliant. The best part is probably the last 3 songs and last Call is a great ending.

This is probably the best list overall on this site even if there's too much love for Eminem as always.

Kanye in his prime providing us with songs like slow jams, Jesus walks all falls down breath in breath out family business and workout plan

WOW! Can't believe albums like recovery can be on top of this masterpiece.

Should be top 10 when it comes to artistry in an album and the way he's able to execute it

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27 Late Registration - Kanye West Late Registration - Kanye West

Gone is probably the best last call track in rap album history! The production on this album is insane and all in all beautiful story telling on this one Ye!

Beautiful album. Kanye has always done things his own way. Rap was bound to change sometime, and Ye was the man to do it.

His best work then Graduation falls behind it.

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28 The Blueprint - Jay-Z The Blueprint - Jay-Z

Jay's best album no doubt. Should be top 10 in my opinion.

Maybe not top ten but should definitely be higher. At least top 20

Your crazy this was jay z's 2nd best album of all time it was a #1 classic Song Cry is so deep and meaningfull Renegade is well Renegade enough said and heart of the city is also a classic jay z song

Top 10. Get all these trash EM albums out of this lame ass list. this is why vanilla ice sold 11 million records...white people over rate white people.

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29 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Makaveli (2Pac) The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Makaveli (2Pac)

This album is truly a masterpiece. All the songs mesh together well and the album has an incredible flow to it. This album should be Top 10. PAC destroys every single track with his raw delivery. This is a must have for all you "true hip hop heads" out there. This record by itself is better than most rappers whole career catalog. It's just unfortunate that he wasn't able to continue his music. Thug In Peace Makaveli! WESTSIDE!

Makaveli is one of the greatest hip hop albums to be recorded and his best work. His raw emotion and delivery showcases in this body of work he put together. I remember when it was released I had never heard him rap this way with so much hate and disgust for his rivals. Til' this day no one has put out an album to match the quality.

Put it up! Not the best Rap album of all time, but definitely Top 10!

Took him 7 days to make this album all I need to say

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30 Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg

With songs like Gin And Juice and What's My Name it has to be a classic

1 of the best Rap Albums ever made. Very underrated by the looks of it.

Don't get me wrong, I love Eminem, but this album could've easily stolen the number 7 spot in which the Eminem Show sits. This album has some of the best songs of all time and is a true classic.

Should be way higher. One of the greatest debut albums of all time.

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31 Recovery - Eminem Recovery - Eminem

Still upcoming, in about 4 years this will be the best selling album ever.

Although some songs are over saturated with Em yelling altogether this album is great and in my opinion is Em's best sober album and much better then most rappers best.

While Eminem's voice was pretty uncontrolled and monotonous, and the album as a whole was kind of gray, it's still an incredible album that I highly recommend. If we're just basing it off lyrical content, this is Eminem's best album to date. - WonkeyDude98

Meh album, em gets way too much hate but even more unwarranted love. Only here because he's em

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32 It Was Written - Nas It Was Written - Nas

One of the most underrated albums, there are some great songs on this one.

I'd truly call this an amazing album. It is definitely not on the same level as Illmatic, but it doesn't have to be on the same level as Illmatic to be amazing, because let's all be honest, no one can follow up on an album that is better than every album in hip hop history. - TheMusicNerd

Should be higher. The Message says it all.

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33 Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys

These guys are one of the few people who STARTED Hip-Hop. It's not number one but it at least needs to be in the top ten - maxican03

How is this below anything by Kanye West? - Rorywilbren

The best rap album before straight outta compton

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34 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem

It's new but it's the best there is not a bad track Rap God and Bad Guy are better than the whole Recovery album that has the 20 stop

I've been singing this album's praise since I started my account, and it has only grown on me since. You could say that overall the prequel and Eminem Show were better and I wouldn't be mad. But not only does this have one of the greatest rap songs of all time (Bad Guy), as well as having not one track I dislike, Eminem's technical abilities here surpass...well...pretty much every other rapper I've ever heard, including other Eminem albums. - WonkeyDude98

First Eminem album I've ever purchased. Do not regret it one bit. This man is a genius and this album proves that.

Not his best but still pretty good

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35 Circus In the Sky - Bliss N Eso Circus In the Sky - Bliss N Eso

I just want to be in the comments

36 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole

Best album of 2014. Every song of beginning to end tells a story. Cole has made some amazing mix tapes but this by far is his best studio album. The album starts off perfectly with January 28th and ends off with one of the most touching songs Cole has ever made with Love Yours. People throw the word Classic around too much these days..but this is a CLASSIC

May not be the greatest hip-album of all time but it is no doubt my favorite. Tells a story all throughout the album and the production is top notch. The album seems to be about the pursuit of happiness. J Cole has, in my opinion, the best flow today and he shows that in this album. I especially love the piano used in this album.

This song was rap album of the year. Definitely deserves to have a high position on this list. - BicBoi

I thought it was a good album, and I really like J Cole. But it definitely isn't this high.

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37 The Infamous - Mobb Deep The Infamous - Mobb Deep

This deserves to be much much higher, this is a classic and helped bring the east coast back into the game when the west coast were dominating. Who doesn't like Shook Ones Pt II? Other great songs include "Start Of Your Ending" "Trife Life" "Survival Of The Fittest" "Cradle 2 The Grave" and "Up North Trip". This is one of the greatest hip hop albums ever. Prodigy and Havoc are such a great team and in my opinion the best hip hop duo of all time.

This deserves to be in the top ten for sure. The beats are so good with the piano and Shook Ones is within the top ten of greatest rap songs ever

This along with The Chronic and Illmatic are the best rap albums ever made. You all need better taste.

What this is top 10 no doubt, shook ones is arguably the best song in rap history, to many little kids in here

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38 Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L

One of the most incredible rappers to walk the face of the earth but he was slept on! RIP Big L

What 74? THIS IS THE GREATEST UNDERGROUND RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME

Great album. Underrated. Everyone should listen to this.

In terms of battle style rhyming, indisputably the best of its kind

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39 Madvillainy - Madvillain Madvillainy - Madvillain

There is no hip hop album that has ever been released quite like this one. MF Doom has a totally unique flow and is easily one of the greatest wordsmiths not only in hip hop history, but in music history. You could read any verse of his at all, and it will blow your mind. Then there's Madlib, who, thanks to his incredibly vast knowledge of music, makes some of the most beautifully abstract instrumentals ever. I could go into great detail about every individual track because they're all fantastic, but I can't. You just have to experience it for yourself. - Mard

It boggles my mind this masterpiece is at 41. Everything about it is great. The lyrics, production, flow, rhymes, and so much more. - Mumbizz01

The best hip-hop album because of lyrics and beats just the best

This album is just a masterpiece

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40 The Black Album - Jay-Z The Black Album - Jay-Z

Is really fantastic it has very many cool songs it must be top 10 not here. Because the songs like dirt off your shoulders or encore or lucifer are excellent

I don't believe this should be considered a top album.

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