Top Ten Greatest Rap Albums

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41 Aquemini - Outkast

Outkast hit an absolute home run with this. The style within was quintessentially southern, but very creative in terms of electronic production, as well. And does a rap duo get better than Andre 3000 and Big Boi? Phenomenal album.

Amazing. This should be the standard by which all southern hip hop albums should aspire to. Amazing album, and rosa parks is one of the best hip hop songs of all time

Not only the best rap album, but one of the best albums of all time. GOAT

Wow. #54? should be way higher.

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42 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

What 74? THIS IS THE GREATEST UNDERGROUND RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME

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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43 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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44 Run the Jewels 2 - Run the Jewels

Come on guys this is truly a great album

Awesome album without unnecessary skits and intros. All great songs

Come on all great songs on this album lp kills it in the production and killer Mike is on it the whole album only bad song is love again

45 Stillmatic - Nas

A classic. The debate between stillmatic and the blueprint still goes on to this day. Whether you think stillmatic or the blueprint is better all hip hop fans agree that they're both amazing albums. Classics.

This is Nasir Jones' 2nd best album after Illmatic

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46 Black On Both Sides - Mos Def

Please, if you haven't heard this album, please do, it is truly amazing. Mathematics, do it know (amazing beat and busta rhymes kills it), hip hop, speed law, so many amazing songs on one album. Who thought that a song called habitat, about the place you live, could be so amazing. If you don't know what I mean, listen to the song, you'll know what I'm saying. This should be far higher, better than recovery, encore, and relapse combined. Please, if you're going to say your a rap fan listen to some real music, not some crap on Encore. - Totalbeasto001

Contains some brilliant songs like speed law and mathematics.

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47 The Score - The Fugees

The first rap album I ever bought. Great for it's time because it wasn't 100% hip hop, there was a strong reggae element and great acoustic tracks gave it a more widespread appeal. Great album

I just found this album and I can't get enough. It's truly a masterpiece beginning to end

Songs like fu gee la, mask, killing me softly all show the diversity of the group, making it an instant classic

As a music producer and hip-hop head, I have made it my mission to listen to the hip-hop classics. From the likes of Grandmaster Flash through contemporary rap albums like DAMN.

When I came across this album, listening chronologically from the roots of hip-hop, I knew I had found a true GEM. Over two decades later and this album still shines just as bright!

48 Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
49 Capital Punishment - Big Punisher

This should be way higher pun is had a unique flow like no other, this album is very underrated it definitely should be in the top 50 at least

One of the deadliest flows to ever touch the mic.

How is this not on here?

What this is top 20

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50 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

What is this album doing here? It is great, but what the hell :')

51 O.G. Original Gangster - Ice-T

Ice T was the first Hip Hop I properly LISTENED to and connected to. There is no Cat that is cooler. He REALLY doesn't get the respect that he is due. Dre, Cube and all the rest would tell you, under no illusion that T was the OG, the first ACTUAL Gangster rapper. That's just fact. His flow on this LP is insane. Check out 'fly by' or 'escape from the killing fields'.

52 No Kings - Doomtree
53 Damn - Kendrick Lamar

Very good. Debatable as to which is better, damn or to pimp a butterfly

Great on the first listen and then it gets better and better. There are levels to this...

Everybody in hip hop has been trying to catch up to Kanye for the last decade. Kendricks the only one to do it, and this album proves it. Nobody knew what to expect after TPAB, much less top it. With DAMN. He may have outdone himself, and everybody else along with it.

Killer album

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54 Circus In the Sky - Bliss N Eso

I just want to be in the comments

55 Tetsuo & Youth - Lupe Fiasco

Lupe's best album and my personal fave of 2015

Mural puts this album in the top 50

56 Hello Nasty - Beastie Boys
57 Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile

On of the best albums I've ever hear, regardless of genre

58 Watch the Throne - Jay-Z & Kanye West

This album should easily be in the top ten. Jay-Z and Kanye West are two rap heavyweights who combined both of their talents to create one super-album. Time goes by, but Jay and Yeezy never miss a beat.

Only heard one on this album, No church in the wild, but it was very

Underrated by far on of the greatest albums of all time

This album will go down as: legendary

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59 Long Live the Kane - Big Daddy Kane

How is such a classic hip hop masterpiece not even on this list? Big Daddy Kane is one of the best to grace the mic. Apparently even the god emcee Rakim refused to go mic to mic with kane.

60 Ill Communication - Beastie Boys
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