Top Ten Classic Hip-Hop Albums

A list of classic, commercial Hip-Hop albums you must own!

The Top Ten

1 Illmatic - Nas

The best album of all time, truly great storytelling, when he says he's half man half amazing, he definitely is right

Nas is forever my favourite Classic Hip-hop Artist. I Will always support him until the day they bury me 6 feet under!

This the best album ever no one will ever do better than this

The Album of all time, its definitely up there with To Pimp a butterfly, Marshsall Mathers LP and Enter the Wutang

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2 The Eminem Show - Eminem

This album has all the best rap songs

Eminem's best album to date. No wonder why he had his current stage name in it.

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3 Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G.

Every song on this album is good, not a single bad song. You could make a list of the best Biggie songs just from this album

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4 The Chronic - Dr. Dre

It wasn't even close who my decision is... This album should be number one!

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5 Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
6 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

Best rap album ever

Stan, do I need to say more

7 People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest
8 All Eyez On Me - 2pac

Greatest Rap album of all time. Top notch production, a collage of almost every topic you can rap to and the most heartfelt lyrics and voice come from 2Pac here.

I bet that the person that composed this list has got a sickle cell or something!

Classic Album! The GOAT!

9 Operation Doomsday - MF DOOM
10 The College Dropout - Kanye West

" Kanye West " became a house hold name after the release of this album. Even white people had to stand up and take notice. A true masterpiece.

Damn baby I can't do it that fast but I know somebody who can!

The Contenders

11 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul

Dare to be different!

12 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
13 The Infamous - Mobb Deep

There ain't no such thing as half way crooks!

14 Paid In Full - Eric B and Rakim

Best Hip-hop Cover - Best Album. Enough said.

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15 Raising Hell - Run-DMC

The Fact That Run DMC Gets No Attention On This Site Is Sad. - 12cc

16 A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing - Black Sheep
17 The Slim Shady LP - Eminem

The Marshall mathers lp gets way too much praise. THIS is the real em album

18 Critical Beatdown - Ultramagnetic McS
19 King of Rock - Run-DMC
20 The Documentary - The Game

Best album of the 00's

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21 Radio - LL Cool J

Pretty much a good classic album.

22 The Message - Grandmaster Flash
23 The Unseen - Quasimoto

Just... Perfect album that makes you wonder why this isn't number one on the list. I love this album to death. My 2 favorite songs are Low Class Conspiracy and Bad Character

No one showed more range as a producer and a lyricist than madlib (lord quads)

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24 Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu Tang Clan

A revolutionary album when it first came out in 1993, one of the first albums to have a real gritty street feel to it

25 Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow
26 Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
27 Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.
28 The Sugarhill Gang - The Sugarhill Gang
29 Symphony In Effect - Maestro Fresh-Wes
30 Do You Want More?!!!??! - The Roots
31 The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest

Dope jazzy hip hop.

32 The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash - Grandmaster Flash
33 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
34 Run–D.M.C. - Run–D.M.C.
35 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Chef Raekwon
36 Lethal Injection - Ice Cube

Not main stream, but if you listened to rap music when this album dropped, it was a must have, and still is today. With out a doubt, one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

37 Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City - Kendrick Lamar
38 Shock of the Hour - MC Ren
39 Hand On the Torch - Us3
40 E. 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

One of the most high selling and 1 of the best albums ever hands down

41 The Great Milenko - Insane Clown Posse
42 The Cool - Lupe Fiasco
43 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kayne West
44 Untitled - Kendrick Lamar
45 Bad Azz - Lil Boosie
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Paid In Full - Eric B and Rakim
2. Raising Hell - Run-DMC
3. Critical Beatdown - Ultramagnetic McS
1. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
2. Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
3. Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G.
1. Illmatic - Nas
2. Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G.
3. The College Dropout - Kanye West

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