Top Ten Greatest Rap Albums

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21 2001 - Dr. Dre

This should be WAY higher. Maybe the most well produced albums of all time Along with the chronic, with each song from top to bottom having amazing features, rapping, and production. This is is especially impressive being that the song has over 20 songs and still manages to make every song enjoyable. A classic indeed.

Are you kidding me? Top 5 at least like the beats in this album are amazing. I personally think this is better then the chronic. This should be top 5 end of story

Still Dre, Forgot about Dre, The Watcher man this album is just amazing, it has the best beats of all time and some of the best lyrics of all time, well produced, pace and instrumentals differ with each song but don't lose their edge, just download it...

This is probably the best hip hop album of all time. The producing is amazing and dre absolutely kills it on these tracks. My favorite hip hop album of all time And honestly the best

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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 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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25 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.

This could easily be top 5 all time. It is, by far, Kanye's best work. it is usually underrated only because of the lack of listeners. You can not call yourself a Kanye fan if you have not listened to this entire masterpiece of an album.

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26 Raising Hell - Run DMC

walk this way, its tricky, my adidas

27 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.

Should be higher. The Message says it all.

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28 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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29 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.

Needs to be higher!

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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30 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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31 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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32 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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33 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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34 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

I love Eminem.. But this album isn't very good... if you think this album is better than the marshall mathers LP and the eminem show you're wrong.

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35 Endtroducing - DJ Shadow

200? This is a perfect 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 Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy

Contends for the most densely produced and greatest uses of samples of all time. Conscious lyrics, fantastic delivery, socially responsible.P.E. 's peak in my opinion.

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