Top Ten Greatest Rap Albums

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21 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.

Best rap album of all time.. Then beg for mercy

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22 Raising Hell - Run DMC Raising Hell - Run DMC

walk this way, its tricky, my adidas

23 Madvillainy - Madvillain Madvillainy - Madvillain

There is no hip hop album that has ever been released quite like this one. MF Doom has a totally unique flow and is easily one of the greatest wordsmiths not only in hip hop history, but in music history. You could read any verse of his at all, and it will blow your mind. Then there's Madlib, who, thanks to his incredibly vast knowledge of music, makes some of the most beautifully abstract instrumentals ever. I could go into great detail about every individual track because they're all fantastic, but I can't. You just have to experience it for yourself. - Mard

It boggles my mind this masterpiece is at 41. Everything about it is great. The lyrics, production, flow, rhymes, and so much more. - Mumbizz01

The best hip-hop album because of lyrics and beats just the best

This album is just a masterpiece

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24 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon 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.


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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 The College Dropout - Kanye West 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.

Should be top 10 when it comes to artistry in an album and the way he's able to execute it

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27 Late Registration - Kanye West 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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28 The Blueprint - Jay-Z 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.

Your crazy this was jay z's 2nd best album of all time it was a #1 classic Song Cry is so deep and meaningfull Renegade is well Renegade enough said and heart of the city is also a classic jay z song

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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29 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Makaveli (2Pac) 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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30 Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg 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.

Possibly the best hip hop album ever made. Near perfect lyrics and damn perfect production. All around a perfect album. This album also introduced and perfected the g funk sound that was created on Dr. Dre's The Chronic. This album showed us Snoop Doggy Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg (Rest in Peace Nathaniel Hale), Lady of Rage, Kurupt and Warren G all at their best. This album graced us with tracks such as Ain't No Fun (If the Homies can't Have None) (My favorite song ever), Gin and Juice, Pump Pump, Gz and Hustlaz, Doggy Dogg World, the Shiznit, Murder Was the Case, and Snoop's magnum opus What's My Name? (Who Am I? ) all of which are near perfect songs. This album is a near perfect experience and uses every minute of it's length to near perfect use. 10/10 album.

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31 It Was Written - Nas 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

Should be higher. The Message says it all.

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32 Revolutionary Vol. 2 - Immortal Technique 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

One of the most meaningful, political, lyrical albums of all time, deserves to be top 10.

A great album

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33 Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest 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?

I don't understand how this could be this low at least in the top 30

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34 Recovery - Eminem Recovery - Eminem

Still upcoming, in about 4 years this will be the best selling album ever.

No way recovery should be in the top ten just listen to one song on it and you'll be hooked to recovery Eminem the best

While Eminem's voice was pretty uncontrolled and monotonous, and the album as a whole was kind of gray, it's still an incredible album that I highly recommend. If we're just basing it off lyrical content, this is Eminem's best album to date. - WonkeyDude98

Meh album, em gets way too much hate but even more unwarranted love. Only here because he's em

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35 Endtroducing - DJ Shadow Endtroducing - DJ Shadow

200? This is a perfect album

36 Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys 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

37 Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys 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.

38 Circus In the Sky - Bliss N Eso Circus In the Sky - Bliss N Eso

I just want to be in the comments

39 The Infamous - Mobb Deep 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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40 Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L

One of the most incredible rappers to walk the face of the earth but he was slept on! RIP Big L


Great album. Underrated. Everyone should listen to this.

RIP Big L. Best flow of all time! Too bad we couldn't see him drop more, would have been up there with Biggie, Pac, Nas, Jay Z, e tc. i f he hadn't been killed at such a young age.

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1. Revolutionary Vol. 2 - Immortal Technique
2. Me Against the World - Tupac
3. Liquid Swords - GZA
1. Endtroducing - DJ Shadow
2. Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest
3. The Eminem Show - Eminem
1. The Eminem Show - Eminem
2. Illmatic - Nas
3. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

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