Best Hip Hop Albums

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21 Liquid Swords - GZA

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.

Pure dopeness

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22 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon

The hell? Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is easily top 10. You guys have no idea what you are talking about. Listen to it again have at it.

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23 Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys

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

24 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Makaveli

Hail mary, come with me, Hail mary, Run quick see So GOOD! - LegitGames12

25 Raising Hell - Run DMC

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!

26 Aquemini - OutKast
27 Graduation - Kanye West
28 Death Certificate - Ice Cube

Ice cubes most praised album! It has 21 tracks of Hardcore radical songs which look at the problems black people face in Los Angeles and also African American civil rights

The best album ever made! Pure explicit material, right here is the climax of California Hip Hop

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29 East 1999 - Bone Thugs n Harmony

These guys must have really stood out from everybody else in the rap game because their style was distinctive, melodic yet still hard as nails. This album has a dark Gothic feel to it, along with their melodic vocal style. Well worth a listen.

Amazing! That's the only thing I have to say about this album, because there is nothing else to add! All their greatest songs from their early days into a CD!

I love this album! It has all their good songs like, Crossroads, Me Killa etc! Every1 knows that this album is their greatest and it has a nice flow in every song it has! Th

The greatest Rap Group of all time, and their debut album can only be the greatest thing to ever happen on Earth!

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30 Stillmatic - Nas

Nas second best album

31 Madvillainy - Madvillain

Entertaining from beginning to end.

The best hip-hop album ever created, without question.

Features great production from madlib

The best Hip Hop album of the 21st century - Rambles

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32 Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L

Such an underrated rap artist and this debut and sadly only album he presented before he passed, but he left behind a gem. This album is ferocious and represents the raw energy and spectacular wordplay and punchlines in every song, there was such potential. in my opinion, he's up there with the other greats and even Nas, Jigga and other noted big stars said this guy had them on edge. Had to vote this up since it shouldn't be all the way down here.

This album should be in the top because of the lyric they were so ahead of its time!

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33 The Blueprint - Jay-Z

I cannot not believe this! This is ridiculous. At first sight this doesn't look that good. But stick with it. A few listens and you'll be hooked.

28? You people must live under a rock. Top 3 album of all time

Good album, not this high though

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34 Amerikkka's Most Wanted - Ice Cube

This album is intense - Sabbath

35 Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Black Star
36 It Was Written - Nas

Nas' second album... This is such a killer. Only a notch below illmatic in my opinion

Nas' equal second best album with Stillmatic, and behind Illmatic

Amazing album.

37 Moment of Truth - Gang Starr

This has to be one of the best hip hop albums I ever bought. Great tracks such as 'Royalty', 'Work', 'Moment of truth' 'The Militia' and the title track make this a deep album yet still very in tune with the underground hip hop culture of that era. A mature album with intellect and heart in its creation.

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38 Illadelph Halflife - The Roots
39 Endtroducing..... - DJ Shadow

The best instrumental Hip Hop album of all time. - Rambles

40 The Slim Shady LP - Eminem

This album is amazing. Easily deserves a top 10 spot. It has a great "don't give a care" attitude that slim shady embodies. Which I'd what Eminem was aiming for when he created the alter ego slim shady while with his rap group D12.

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