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.

Love nas but em show or mmlp desrve the #1 album

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

Greatest album of all time!

This should be number 1

4 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

Stan, do I need to say more

Best rap album ever

5 The Chronic - Dr. Dre

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

This made g funk

6 Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg


Hell Yea!

7 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!

8 People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest
9 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!

10 Operation Doomsday - MF DOOM

The Contenders

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

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

13 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul

Dare to be different!

14 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

15 Paid In Full - Eric B and Rakim

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

Classic! Top to bottom

16 Raising Hell - Run-DMC

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

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

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

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

Best album of the 00's

Best album to come from the 00s along with stillmatic

22 Radio - LL Cool J

Pretty much a good classic album.

23 The Message - Grandmaster Flash
24 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

All the tracks are crazy. It's a classic.

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

25 2001 - Dr. Dre
26 Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow
27 Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
28 Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.
29 The Sugarhill Gang - The Sugarhill Gang
30 Symphony In Effect - Maestro Fresh-Wes
31 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
32 Do You Want More?!!!??! - The Roots
33 The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest

Dope jazzy hip hop.

34 The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash - Grandmaster Flash
35 Run–D.M.C. - Run–D.M.C.
36 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Chef Raekwon
37 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.

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

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

42 The Great Milenko - Insane Clown Posse
43 The Cool - Lupe Fiasco
44 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kayne West
45 Untitled - Kendrick Lamar
46 Bad Azz - Lil Boosie
47 Recovery - Eminem
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Illmatic - Nas
2. Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G.
3. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
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.

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