Top Ten Greatest Rap Albums

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21The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest

This definitely should be high up on this list. Tribe were the pioneers of making positive and socially conscious rap and so many countless rappers were influenced by this album. Not to mention this album introduced the world to the legendary Busta Rhymes!

Listen to this in your cozy chill time and you'll be amazed. Their lyricism, smoothness and combination of jazz and rap is out of this world, really.

Smart lyrics drizzled over smooth, jazz rap layers

This album is GREAT!

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22Raising Hell - Run DMC

walk this way, its tricky, my adidas

23Only 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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24Graduation - 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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25The 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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26Late 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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27Doggystyle - 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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28The 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

Needs to be higher!

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29The 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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30It 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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31Revolutionary 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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32Recovery - Eminem

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

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

No way recovery should be in the top ten just listen to one song on it and you'll be hooked to recovery Eminem the best

In this album Eminem proved you do not need to have a good beer to have a good album fourth best of all time

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33Licensed 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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34The 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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35Circus In the Sky - Bliss N Eso

I just want to be in the comments

36The 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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37Lifestylez 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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38The 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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39Stankonia - Outkast

ONE OF THE BEST EVER, creative, clever, and extremely catchy. 3k and BigBoi deliver an amazing project

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40Madvillainy - 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

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

Nothing even comes close this in the lane of creativity

This album is just a masterpiece

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