Greatest Rap Albums of the '90s


The Top Ten

1 Illmatic - Nas

The hip-hop bible. The whole of hip hop and rap could be reconstructed from this one album, it defined an era and was highly innovative at the time, he may not compare to biggie or 2pac as the greatest rapper but if you don't consider this the greatest rap album not only of the 90's but of all time then you are a thick teaser

As J.cole said it best, 2pac was Jesus and Nas wrote the bible. So many meaningful lyrics and stories told about his life and the many expressions he has. As Nas put it best on got your self a gun "My first album had no famous guest appearances, The outcome: I'm crowned the best lyricist". Also listen to that album. Perfect title stillmatic.

Illmatic is the greatest of all time period. Nas is a legend and this is what made him into one. THe lyricism on this LP is unbelievable. - robertoantonioortuso

To be honest this is overrated but still a classic. I think It Was Written is better than this though.

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2 Ready To Die - Notorious B.I.G.

A true classic. The album that put Big on the GOAT list. He embodied flashy New York rap with some really great stories (ex: Warning, Gimme the Loot), but also gave us some really "real" rap about the struggles he had with himself and with fame (ex: juicy, everyday struggle, suicidal thoughts). Not only did Big have bars to spare, he had the capability of making a great song with those clever lines.

Ready To Die is a great album. It shows a lot of Biggie's paid and makes inspiration to a lot of other rappers today.R.I.P. biggie.
Best songs from the album are: "Everyday Struggle", "Juicy", "Gimmie The Loot", "Ready To Die".
True rap fans would enjoy this album.

P.S. this list is very stupid.
There are way better albums than what you suggested.
Where is The Chronic? Enter The Wu-Tang? The Low End Theory? It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back? Straight Outta Compton? Reasonable Doubt?

3 All Eyez On Me - Tupac

Picture me rollin'

'out on bail, fresh out of jail California dreaming'...will forever define this album.


Tupac is the greatest MC, He should be more included in Magazine as a great legend, he doesn't just rap about guns, he raps about life, Changes is one of the greatest songs of all time. This album is the greatest of a legend and also the greatest Rap Album of all time.


Tupac is a rapping legend and this is a rapping album legend! Tupac always knows how to deliver the goods. This album made a lot of success and it deserves the top place on this list!

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4 Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu Tang Clan

This album should be top 5 at the worst. AYO the WU got something that everyone want to hear! #WUTANGFOREVA

This should be in the top 5 if not number 1. These guys redefined NY hip hop along with Nas and Biggie Smalls

Tearz is an absolute classic song.

"Wu tang Clan comin' atcha! "

5 The Slim Shady LP - Eminem

Two words

Brain Damage

G.O.A.T Album

Favorite Eminem album of all time - ILikeChocolateMilk

Great debut album

This album is overrated. Every Eminem album is overrated. I see Eminem on top on every list that has to do with rap. 1 Best rap artist, #2 Most lyrical, #1 Lose yourself, Best rap song of all time, This Dude is COMPLETLY Overrated, This site is wayy to 1 sided to Eminem. -_-

Actually, this is completely true. But I think Eminem is good so it's not like he's overrated and he sucks. - ILikeChocolateMilk

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6 E. 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

To the beats, to flows, and harmonies, this album was at least the top 3 albums ever created. This album made a lot of new rappers today bite Bone Thugs style

This should be top 3 and I don't understand why creepin on ah come up isn't in the top 10

Best album of all time

One of the greatest rap album ever. I'm surprised to see it at 9 because Bone Thugs are sooo underrated. The only bad thing was the ouji skit. Die die die was the only boring song on here. Still till this day Crossroads is one of the greatest songs of all time. Bone thugs were always the best rap group. Wu tang clan was really good but can you compare any of their songs to Crossroads? and NWA were good but a bit overrated. in my opinion All Eyez on me and east 1999 were the best rap albums created. Another good album by them was creepin on ah come up. That album was sick asf. - JCchrom3

7 The Chronic - Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre And Snoop Dogg Together are Goats

Should be #1

This Is Far The Best Westcoast Album.

F*** With Dre Day, Ain't Nothing But a G' the ng, Let Me Ride, B****** Ain't S*** and a favorite of mines Deeez Nuuuts. This album revolutionized gangsta rap.One of if not the greatest rap albums of all time period.

8 Aquemini - Outkast

Should be wayyy higher

My favorite album of all time, how is this ranked 33 that's blasphemous

Best album of 90s

9 Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Black Star
10 Resurrection - Common

The Contenders

11 Creepin on Ah Come Up - Bone Thugs-N-harmony

This is hot from top to bottom. Glad to see it in the top ten. The best list I've seen yet. This album deserves to be in the top ten list because every song on it is good there ain't no dumb song. Illmatic has 1 dumb song which is one time for your mind and one love isn't that good either. - JCchrom3

No one can touch bone thugs. They can sing, rap, make their own beats and freestyle. Bizzy is one of the best freestylers ever to live and krayzie is a tight freestyler 2.

I'm voting for this album so it can at least be above the chronic and reasonable doubt like really guys have u not heard this album?

This is the only Album with great songs from top to bottom. A really good into too.
Intro 7/10 for an intro
Mr ouji 1/10
Thuggish Ruggish Bone 10/10
No Surrender 10/10
Down Foe My Thang 9/10
Creeping On Ah Come Up 10/10
Foe the Love Of Money 10/10
Overall 9/10
A very short album but worth buying

12 Illadelph Halflife - The Roots
13 The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest

Are we serious? This a top 3 album. Whether it is the witty lines or jazz beats and sampling or consistency. The disrespect.

I love this album. You guys should listen to their album the lI've movement.


14 Hard to Earn - Gang Starr

Straight hip hop

15 Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G.

This album was good but not as good as ready to die.

This album is a very fine piece of work

16 Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy
17 Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg

What?! This should be at least top 5 and is better than The Chronic for sure.

Don't know what it is, but this album is just such a smooth listen

Top 5

This album should be way higher! my favorite Snoop Dogg album with the help of Deathrow's best talent and Dr. Dre's production masterpiece,this album doesn't get any better folks.

18 Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L

The most underrated rapper of all time for me, this album is so good, Big L is a legend

Underrated Album and should definitely be in top 10!

19 Soul Food - Goodie Mob
20 Adrenaline Rush - Twista

This Deserves to be above fear of a black planet. The skit is sexy and nice. The songs are hits like Adrenaline Rush and Get It Wet. Practically every song on here is awesome. In Overdoese Twistas verse was better than every verse Eminem ever spit. Twists was so underrated he was one of the best period.

21 It Was Written - Nas
22 Capital Punishment - Big Pun

How was this not here already? - DaWyteNight

23 Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z

It's difficult to rank these but this top three
1) illmatic
2) reasonable doubt
3) all eyez on me or me against the world lord knows best pac song hands down!
But Reggie still my Number 1!

24 The Score - The Fugees
25 The Chronic 2001 - Dr. Dre

My favorite, only second to Illmatic with All Eyez on Me not far behind

2001 is like one of the best albums of all time

One of my favorites in my collection,it's head bumping beats is something you never get tired of.

26 AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted - Ice Cube

This is better than Death Certificate for sure.

Should be in the top 3

27 Infamous - Mobb Deep

Nope just a crook son - gummysniper

Are you a shook one?

28 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
29 Season of Da Siccness - Brotha Lynch Hung

Come on its season of the siccness. This is the only album that gets me pumped up because of the beats. This album is so underrated. Tracks like liquor sicc, sicc-made, locc 2 the brain, rest in piss, deep down, season of the sicc and more are just so sick. The album was perfect just a lot of skits but still goes perfect in the album. The stupid songs are that's real gangsta, dead man walking.

30 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... - Raekwon
31 Ill Communication - Beastie Boys
32 Black Sunday - Cypress Hill
33 Me Against the World - 2Pac
34 Liquid Swords - GZA
35 Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - Outkast
36 Shock of the Hour - MC Ren
37 It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa - Eazy-E

My favorite album by eazy

Real Muthaphuckin G's is a bad-ass diss song

38 ATLiens - Outkast
39 Infinite - Eminem

Eminem's first album ever.

"Infinite" And "Tonite" Were Dope.

40 The Predator - Ice Cube
41 It's Dark and Hell is Hot - DMX

Just Being Yourself. Truth and realness. Its all in all a Classic. Maybe not a Top 10 of the 90s but A1 classic.

42 Center of Attention - Ini

Some of Pete Rock's best stuff, extremely underrated"

Pete Rock production.. enouth said. Should be in the top 15, personally is in my top 5

43 Genius Liquid Swords - Gza

This should be a little higher. Not the best but one of the greatest wu tang album of all time. Songs like Shadowboxin, Hello Wind Staff, Liquid Swords, B.I.B.L.E inspired me as a kid. Gzas flow was just tight. Wu tang can't be touched the only rap group above them is BTNH but other than them wu tang is the best rap group of all time. Definitely the greatest wu tang solo album of all time

44 The End - Three 6 Mafia
45 Return of the Boom Bap - KRS-One
46 Tical - Method Man

This has to be close to number ten Method Man is the Only and I mean ONLY one who was featured with tupac and biggie from tupacs "all eyez on me" and bigge "ready to die", no rapper has been feature with two legends only him

47 Efil4zaggin - N.W.A.
48 Strictly 4 My N***** - Tupac Shakur
49 Str8 off tha Streetz - Eazy-E


50 The G Filez - Celly Cel
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Black Star
2. Illadelph Halflife - The Roots
3. Resurrection - Common
1. Illmatic - Nas
2. Aquemini - Outkast
3. Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu Tang Clan
1. Black Sunday - Cypress Hill
2. Illmatic - Nas
3. Ill Communication - Beastie Boys

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