Top Ten Greatest Rap Albums

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21 Liquid Swords - GZA

Lyrically, this is one of the greatest albums ever made. I'd go so far as to say it's as good (if not better) than Illmatic (lyrically, of course). However the Wu-Tang style is not for everyone, and it definitely took me a while to begin appreciating Liquid Swords. This is what turns people off about this album, it's not like anything you usually here out of a rap song (unless you've listened to Wu-Tang). That being said, if you give this album say, three or four complete listens, then you will realize why this needs to be at the top. Is it the greatest album of all time? No, it's too stylistic for people's taste and very different from any genre of rap/hip-hop. However, I'd take this over big albums like The Chronic or Me Against the World.

Wu Tang Destroys Every One On That List

This is probably the most lyrical album I have. GZA The Genius obliterates everything, stomps on everything, cuts everyone's head off, and he dropped megaton bombs more faster than you blink. A darker atmosphere created by RZA's infamous producing combined with THE GENIUS makes this album so legendary. Never forget guest appearances including Ghostface Killah dropping it on "4th Chamber".

Pure genius, takes a few listens to tge lyrics to get it going.

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22 Get Rich or Die Tryin - 50 Cent

Greatest album, either this or the marshal mathers lp. Listen to the whole album front to back. In the club, if I can't, 21 questions, like my style, pimp, blood hound, patiently waiting, wanksta to name a few. The whole track list had songs that would've been singles for any other rapper but this list needs to update and be real with the truth...

There's a reason this album sold over 10 million copies. It is amazing. 50 cent raps like he is already on top of the rap game, this combined with Dr. Dre's beautiful production makes for one of if not the best album of the 2000's. Who in the world hasn't heard In the club

Best album ever, doesn't have one bad track. The beats are crazy good and 50 cent just tears it up. I could listen to it all day. My personal favorite songs are in the club, wanksta, PIMP, if I can't and like my style but they're all very good.

In the club is the best!

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23 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon

Every song on this album is amazing

This is one of the best albums ever, in the same level as 36 chambers, truly masterpiece.

You can listen to this album from front to back.

underrated

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24 The College Dropout - Kanye West

Superb album from start to finish, there's no dip in quality. The songs and skits are brilliant. The best part is probably the last 3 songs and last Call is a great ending.

This is probably the best list overall on this site even if there's too much love for Eminem as always.

Kanye in his prime providing us with songs like slow jams, Jesus walks all falls down breath in breath out family business and workout plan

WOW! Can't believe albums like recovery can be on top of this masterpiece.

A revolutionary and timeless masterpiece. It will NEVER die.

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25 Graduation - Kanye West

Not one Kanye album sounds similar to the other and I think that's beautiful! This plunged Kanye into mainstream with its killer production and authentic sound! Good choice!

Kanye is just perfect on this album almost reaching his prime.
The stories are both about overcoming hunger, success, going for your dreams
It's an actual graduation.
Best albums of all time for me, after My Dark Twisted Fantasy.

One of the best albums of all time in my opinion.

I love it

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26 It Was Written - Nas

One of the most underrated albums, there are some great songs on this one.

I'd truly call this an amazing album. It is definitely not on the same level as Illmatic, but it doesn't have to be on the same level as Illmatic to be amazing, because let's all be honest, no one can follow up on an album that is better than every album in hip hop history. - TheMusicNerd

It Was Written is the most slept on album ever. I'd say it matches Illmatic, and it's unbelievably frustrating that no one else thinks so.

In this album ever single track is legendary

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27 Raising Hell - Run DMC

walk this way, its tricky, my adidas

28 Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg

With songs like Gin And Juice and What's My Name it has to be a classic

1 of the best Rap Albums ever made. Very underrated by the looks of it.

Don't get me wrong, I love Eminem, but this album could've easily stolen the number 7 spot in which the Eminem Show sits. This album has some of the best songs of all time and is a true classic.

How could you not put this in top 10 man...please don't do this man...not acceptable

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29 Late Registration - Kanye West

Gone is probably the best last call track in rap album history! The production on this album is insane and all in all beautiful story telling on this one Ye!

Beautiful album. Kanye has always done things his own way. Rap was bound to change sometime, and Ye was the man to do it.

His best work then Graduation falls behind it.

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30 The Blueprint - Jay-Z

Maybe not top ten but should definitely be higher. At least top 20

Jay's best album no doubt. Should be top 10 in my opinion.

Wait... why is this so low? It hurts to think about so I wont.

Top 10. Get all these trash EM albums out of this lame ass list. this is why vanilla ice sold 11 million records...white people over rate white people.

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31 Revolutionary Vol. 2 - Immortal Technique

Absolutely stupendous album, I genuinely can't find a single bad track on this entire album. One of the most underrated records of all time.

Very underrated album, should be on top - fuadmondeo

A load of truth to the world

Amazing album real rapper

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32 Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest

You gotta be joking. This is a masterpiece. This deserves to be in the top 20 at least. For shame...

Again too low, electric relaxation is one of my favourite songs ever!

Award Tour! No votes? 123? Where's the love folks?

Everything about this album is perfection. Even the Tour guide.

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33 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Makaveli (2Pac)

This album is truly a masterpiece. All the songs mesh together well and the album has an incredible flow to it. This album should be Top 10. PAC destroys every single track with his raw delivery. This is a must have for all you "true hip hop heads" out there. This record by itself is better than most rappers whole career catalog. It's just unfortunate that he wasn't able to continue his music. Thug In Peace Makaveli! WESTSIDE!

Makaveli is one of the greatest hip hop albums to be recorded and his best work. His raw emotion and delivery showcases in this body of work he put together. I remember when it was released I had never heard him rap this way with so much hate and disgust for his rivals. Til' this day no one has put out an album to match the quality.

Put it up! Not the best Rap album of all time, but definitely Top 10!

Took him 7 days to make this album all I need to say

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34 The Infamous - Mobb Deep

This deserves to be much much higher, this is a classic and helped bring the east coast back into the game when the west coast were dominating. Who doesn't like Shook Ones Pt II? Other great songs include "Start Of Your Ending" "Trife Life" "Survival Of The Fittest" "Cradle 2 The Grave" and "Up North Trip". This is one of the greatest hip hop albums ever. Prodigy and Havoc are such a great team and in my opinion the best hip hop duo of all time.

This deserves to be in the top ten for sure. The beats are so good with the piano and Shook Ones is within the top ten of greatest rap songs ever

This along with The Chronic and Illmatic are the best rap albums ever made. You all need better taste.

What this is top 10 no doubt, shook ones is arguably the best song in rap history, to many little kids in here

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35 Endtroducing - DJ Shadow

200? This is a perfect album

Amazing album

36 Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys

Should be the top three with Run DMCs Raising Hell, and Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Significantly better and more consistent than anything rated higher.

Man number 1 leaves all for dead amount of samples in there the work just getting them wow.

The amount of samples in this simply boggles the mind

Not just one of the best hip hop albums but also one of the best albums every created
with its sample heavy beats and some of the best rhymes by MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D. It was also seen being their best album, even better then their debut Licence to Ill. This should be in the top ten at least, in my opinion top three.

37 The Black Album - Jay-Z

Is really fantastic it has very many cool songs it must be top 10 not here. Because the songs like dirt off your shoulders or encore or lucifer are excellent

I don't believe this should be considered a top album.

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38 Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys

These guys are one of the few people who STARTED Hip-Hop. It's not number one but it at least needs to be in the top ten - maxican03

How is this below anything by Kanye West? - Rorywilbren

The best rap album before straight outta compton

Incredibly influential and kickstarted a string of classic albums unmatched in hip hop. Learn some history.

39 Stankonia - Outkast

ONE OF THE BEST EVER, creative, clever, and extremely catchy. 3k and BigBoi deliver an amazing project

Awesome

40 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem

It's new but it's the best there is not a bad track Rap God and Bad Guy are better than the whole Recovery album that has the 20 stop

I've been singing this album's praise since I started my account, and it has only grown on me since. You could say that overall the prequel and Eminem Show were better and I wouldn't be mad. But not only does this have one of the greatest rap songs of all time (Bad Guy), as well as having not one track I dislike, Eminem's technical abilities here surpass...well...pretty much every other rapper I've ever heard, including other Eminem albums. - WonkeyDude98

First Eminem album I've ever purchased. Do not regret it one bit. This man is a genius and this album proves that.

Not his best but still pretty good

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