Best Hip Hop Albums

The Top Ten

Illmatic - Nas Illmatic - Nas Product Image

way the hell better than all eyez on me. Thats not even the best pac album other than fake mainstream fans everyone knows all eyez on me is well known not to be the best. Illmatic makes it look bad by comparison this is a master piece. Song by song its perfect. The production fits in very well with his complex lyrics its the perfect album...
Anyone who actually apreciates hip-hop and not hip-pop will like illmatic much better. Me against the world was the best 2pac album anyway not top 10 but his best maybe top 20 or 30. - ChrisHenry

Far and away deserves number 1 its easily, despite not being a hip hop fan myself, this album is a masterpiece of the genre, every song is a classic hip hop track and it's not overly long either, only 40 minutes,this is how Hip Hop albums SHOULD be made. - christangrant

Very few hip hop albums come close to the influence, mastery, and lyrical storytelling of illmatic. I can honestly say this album gets better every time you listen to it! From the first track, your transported right in the middle of queens bridge New York. I won't spoil it for you, but this is truely a masterpiece and a prime example of how great hip hop can be!

11/10 Great!

This is really the greatest rap album ever made. The album was cut short because of bootlegging but even half finished, nobody will ever be able to top it. Also Eminem has been highly overrated on this list. I don't get how you can put the Eminem show over public enemy etc.

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan Product Image

Also highlight of the Boom Bap style. Also a great Hardcore Hip Hop album. - DarkBoi-X

How is that overrated 2pac album #1? 36 chambers is so much better than anything on this list so far other than illmatic. - ChrisHenry

No matter how much times I listen to this album, it never gets old. This is the only album where I can listen from the first to last song without cringing.

It's fun, it's dark, it's beautiful, it's inspiring, it's unapologetic and it's super-memorable.
While other hip-hop albums' lyrics may come across as clever, they will never stick as much as "Ghostface, catch the blast from a hype verse," "Raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia," "The hell-raiser, raising hell with the flavor," "I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side," or even "Patty-cake, patty-cake, hey! I'm Method Man! "
I could go on and on.
Every beat is catchier than influenza, no MC in the Clan is wack, they all have distinct personalities, and the lyrics are witty when they want to be but also know when to be poignant and hard-hitting. It brims with personality and undoubtedly changed the game for the better.

The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem Product Image

All songs are just incredible.. Look at the track list..

The Way I Am..
The Real Slim Shady..
B**** Please 2..
Kill You..
I'm Back..
Under The Influence..
Criminal..

And of course one of his best songs: Stan!
This is definitely THIS is THE album!
This choose wasn't that hard!

Slim Shady, Eminem, Marshall Mathers

This is a great album but in my opinion Under The Influence is one of his worst songs. - MickJames

Eminem is the best rapper ever, and this is his
best album. I mean HELLO! The Way I Am, Stan, The Real Slim Shady, Kim and all of the tracks are incredible!

All of the songs on this are so good! This is what made eminems career: Way I Am, Stan, Real SLim Shady, Drug Ballad etc, this CD is dope!

Eminem is the most successful rap artist of all time! He sold 19 million copies worldwide of this album and it is the most successful, it has Stan, Way I Am and Real Slim Shady! The full package!

Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G. Product Image

An album made by the Notorious BIG is always a great album! This album is "Highly Influential" acclaimed by many critics.

Top Songs

Juicy
Warning
What
Big Poppa
Machine Gun Funk (biggie's first single)

The greatest most influential album of all time! Biggie Smalls is the greatest rapper in history, this album was so successful and every song is amazing!

Biggie Smalls is the greatest rapper of all time! Ready to Die, should be number 1!

Notorious BIG is the most lyrical rapper of all time! Flow wise is the best there can be! Don't forget Juicy, BIg Poppa, What ft. Method Man and One More Chance! All on this CD OH AND EVERYDAY STRUGGLE OF COURSE!

To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

The influences from jazz and Funk as well as Kendrick's lyricism(Especially on the song How Much A Dollar Cost) really make this one of the greatest albums of the decade as well as of all time. - DarkBoi-X

TPAB is the best experience I had while listening to the album.

I know people are gonna say it's too soon to be considered, but I honestly think To Pimp A Butterfly is the greatest hip hop album of all time. No other rapper has been able to blend Funk and Jazz into hip-hop so magnificently before! On Avant-Garde and experimental beats Kendrick raps about the struggles of being black in the United States, and talks about issues such as police brutality, institutionalized racism, and suicidal deprssion. No other album in the history of music has been so personal, experimental, cunning, and riveting as To Pimp A Butterfly, and not only is it the greatest rap album of all time, it ranks among the greatest albums of all time in any genre. - sebastian_nazario

Better than all the Eminem, 2Pac, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie Smalls, NWA and other albums that I've listened to.

All Eyez on Me - Tupac All Eyez on Me - Tupac Product Image

Greatest hip hop album. N some1 kick jay-z n fort minor outta this list. The illmatic album definitely deserves second place though, n he was only 16 when he made t. Nas is unreal! - spitpoetry

This album is the greatest rap album of all time. Here's why, it has over 20 tracks of pure Tupac, who is also the greatest rapper of all time. The album has everything from hardcore gangsta rap, to poetic masterpieces about how life is in the ghetto. This rap album will forever be the greatest rap album.

Hands Down Greatest Album of all time. In his short lived career due to him being shot, he went two times diamond on two of his albums, and this was one of them. It is rare to find an album that you like every single song in, but this album has many greats combined into one.

2-pac is the only artist who got streets in his poetry and I don't mean lyrics I mean poetry because his lyrics are poetry unlike the rest

The Chronic - Dr. Dre The Chronic - Dr. Dre Product Image

Possibly the best West Coast album produced ever! Snoop Dogg gets a full introduction in the world of hip hop and G-Funk is born.

How can you compare such an album to any other in the world. This is so unique and innovative work from Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre produced possibly the best album ever made and gave Snoop a preview of what its like in the business. - robertoantonioortuso

The greatest and the truest definition of what a gangster album should be, Dr. Dre was one of the innovators and creators of G-Funk.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West Product Image

Absolute masterpiece, work of art. No other artist in this generation or in the future could create such work.

This is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time, Kanye is considered of of the greatest artists ever, it was considered the best album of 2010 everywhere, and Runaway the greatest song of the year. Everyone who hated Kanye for the Taylor Swift thing changed their minds and admitted he was a genius when they heard this. One of the greatest albums of all time. OF ALL TIME.

"the luxurious soul of 2004's The College Dropout, the symphonic pomp of Late Registration, the gloss of 2007's Graduation, and the emotionally exhausted electro of 2008's 808s & Heartbreak" - Jannikins

Most overrated hip hop album of all time. Definitely should not be in the top 10 or even top 30, there are so many better hip hop albums that most people who think this is good have probably never heard. I don't care how experimental the production is, Kanye is just not a good rapper. - DaWyteNight

good kid, m.A.A.d. city - Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d. city - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

This album is already crowned as an "instant classic" by all the hip hop magazines... Listen to it yourself! It is a classic and is one of the greatest albums of all time! This album should be up there with ready to die, Illmatic, chronic, Doggystyle and so on... Aftermath always drop classics!

This is the bluepront for hip hop albums released in the next ten years. It combines current sounds with excellent lyricism and is one of the greatest concept albums of all time. It is a detailed character portrait of not just Kendrick, but many kids growing up in the ghetto or violent places. Must listen! - Themusicman

This album is just so great all around great lyrics, amazing flow and amazing beats. This should be higher up.

This album changed my musical direction from the radio crap to the rap that actually mean something

The Eminem Show - Eminem The Eminem Show - Eminem Product Image

The best Eminem album, it has all great songs and is a fast paced amazingly great party anthem! Till I Collapse and Without Me are two big HITS!

This beats Marshall MAthers LP and all his other works, in my opinion his only good work! Besides this his other work is not that BIG!

Screw Marshall Mathers LP! Just listen to this album, it is so much better than Marshall LP and a lot of Eminem fans know that! It has all of these amazing songs, and is the greatest, that's RIGHT I SAID IT AGAIN!

The best Eminem album, with songs like 'Till I Collapse, Sing for the Moment, and Without me

The Contenders

Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A Product Image

The true gangsta album! Everyone always likes to be "Gangsta" THIS is where it started, that is why NWA is so influential because of this album that started it all! And it also has the two biggest gangsta songs and NWA songs, F The Police and straight Outta compton!

NWA are so influential and this album started it all! Straight Outta Compton, F The Police, Gangsta Gangsta & DOPEMAN (Remix) this album had made history! at least top 3!

Look at the list of songs, the top hits have to be:

Straight Outta Compton
F* The Police
Gangsta Gangsta
Express Yourself
Dopeman Remix

This album defined G Rap

Number 10 should be much higher! This is not only one of the most influential albums ever made its also one of the best. Way better than any so called Gangster rap that's been released in the last 10 years

Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z Product Image

Amazing album and a definite MUST OWN for any die hard, hardcore hip hop fans! This is the real Jay-Z not like the Blueprint 3 pop crap! This is what started his career!

Reasonable Doubt is a legend in the Music Industry, and has been by some critics known to be in the top 5 greatest hip hop albums of all time. Jay-Z has made a lyrical masterpiece!

Great album, perhaps not above 2001, The Eminem Show or The Infamous

One of the best by one of the greats, classic back to back.

Me Against the World - 2Pac Me Against the World - 2Pac Product Image

Albums dope as hell. With songs like old school, it ain't easy and not to mention dear mama it's easily Pac's best

A lot of the albums on this list may hit the ears but this album hits the heart - Mosaveli

Top ten album better than all eyes on me

Great album, this album has "Dear Mama"

2001 - Dr. Dre 2001 - Dr. Dre Product Image

Dr. Dre has done so much for the industry and is the greatest producer of all time! But when it comes to rapping, it's a whole new level!

This album stands out by its great build-up and constant high quality. Where most albums dip on at least a couple of tracks, 2001 by Dre never never drops in quality. Even the skits are classics!

Unbelievable performance by Dr Dre the greatest rapper of all time! A lot of amazing artists are in the album and a good skit as well!

All the songs on this CD are amazing, Forgot About Dre, Still DRE and The Next Episode which was a great hit!

It Takes a Nation to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy It Takes a Nation to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy Product Image

One of the most revolutionary albums of all time. It's aged quite well too. - DarkBoi-X

No way there are 13 rap albums better than this. Should be no lower than 2. Absolutely incredible, it came out 30 years ago and still sounds revolutionary. Nothing like it. - JPS

Not enough people realise the importance of this album, needs to be higher. Probably one of the hardest albums I've ever heard. - MouldyWalrus

Nothing sounded like this when it came out. Still mind blowing.

Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg Product Image

Snoop Doggy Dogg. Everyone was waiting for this album to come out, and when it finally did, every one loved it! It has all his best hits, Murder Was The Case, Who Am I etc!

Not a single bad song on the album, easily one of the best hip hop albums of the 90s let alone all time.

Cmon this deserves to be in the top ten! -

A better refined version of the Chronic

Paid in Full - Eric B. and Rakim Paid in Full - Eric B. and Rakim Product Image

No brainer here. Easily without a doubt one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Considering nearly all other greatest hip hop albums are influenced by this it deserves a top 5 spot at the very least.

The album that inspired others should be up there in the top 10 - robertoantonioortuso

Every single song and instrumental cuts by B a pure original

Definitely should be top 10. Rakim is a god

The Infamous - Mobb Deep The Infamous - Mobb Deep Product Image

Such an underrated album, had everything in one album just listen and see for yourself, power of lyricism

How is this only 18th? How is "good kid, m.A.A.d city" by Kendrick Lamar in front of this. Two of the very best rap songs I've heard are on this album. "The Shook Ones, Pt.2" and "Survival of the Fittest". Get this higher up.

Such a sick album. Needs to be top twn

I love this album! Why?
1. Great beats! So dark and powerful
2. Hollywood-movie-like gangster narratives. I don't even care if the storys are real, they give me goosebumps. I'm a white suburban German, I don't even have to try to be a thug.
3. Some really good hit singles. Survival of the Fittest and Shook Ones Pt. 2 come to mind
4. This is a real album! The whole record is coherent, no filler tracks
I highly recommend this!

The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest Product Image

One of the best Hip Hop albums of all time, and also has some of Hip Hop's best tracks (Probably as good as Illmatic in my opinion)

Great album, midnight marauders is still better though. But not by much

The best album after illmatic

One of the most well produced albums,( in any genre), ever... The flows are super-smooth on every track. Sorry, but ill take Q-Tip over almost every other MC on this list.
R.I.P. - Fife

Madvillainy - Madvillain Madvillainy - Madvillain Product Image

20 is too low for an album likes this. When a rapper like MF DOOM and a producer like Madlib get together, you know it's gonna be fantastic. This is deserving in the top 10's by far. - DarkBoi-X

One of the greatest rap albums with illmatic & MMLP & Ready To Die & enter the wu-tang 36 chambers

Entertaining from beginning to end.

Tell me that bass line from "Meat Grinder" isn't stick in your head - GrusGirls

Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys Product Image

This album gives you the impression that it's extraordinary so it is!

Shame that this is so low... Easily better and more consistent than any of Eminem's releases. This and It Takes A Nation of Millions should be at the top

This album gave birth to Eminem - Sabbath

Liquid Swords - GZA Liquid Swords - GZA Product Image

GZA was always the most intellectual member of the Wu Tang, and this is regarded as the greatest solo project ever created by a Wu Tang member! The Genius is a lyrical machine in this! Spitting rhymes and story telling in every song he pulls off in this! Duel of the Iron Mic had to be the best of all the tracks, with great appearances by Inspectah Deck and Ol Dirty.

Genius is a true genius! Liquid Swords goes off and it deserves to be in the top ten! It totally pawns all other pop albums and so called "Rap" albums. A masterpiece into the master mind of GZA, one of the two greatest Wu Tang members of all time.

GZA was always the most intellectual of the Wu Tang. This album received a lot of attention as the best piece of work done solo by a Wu Tang member. Upon its release, the critical response of Liquid Swords was almost universally positive.

The greatest album of all time! It is definitely better than Enter the Wu Tang, and the songs are even better, this comical-like album, impresses all hip Hop fans and is a professional hallmark in GZA's career and in Hip Hop history!

Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest Product Image

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Graduation - Kanye West Graduation - Kanye West Product Image
Raising Hell - Run DMC Raising Hell - Run DMC Product Image

RUN DMC are the greatest Hip Hop artists of all time! This has to be the best hip hop album ever produced! No swearing, no offensive language, just pure good old fashion HIP HOP

Run DMC are the pioneers of Hip Hop. This is the first REAL rap album! Listen to every single song on this list, its one of those albums!

It is better than all the so called good rap, and it is a classic, and should be number1! The first REAL rap album! It is definitely a top contender!

Run DMC are the greatest hip hop stars of all time and this album has everything, Peter Piper and Its Tricky run all!

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