Greatest Rap / Hip-Hop Albums

Ranked by Impact, Influence, Lasting Popularity, and Quality in the world of Rap and Hip-Hop. All realms of Rap/Hip-Hop are included.

The Top Ten

1 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

He isn't overrated at all.. You can listen to any favorite hip hop album and then listen to one of his albums and you will realize that he perfected the game.. That's why he's first and always will be the GOAT

He's a bit overrated. He's good, but there are quite a few rappers who are arguably better... - DaWyteNight

I really hate Eminem's fan base. I really do. They made Eminem the most overrated rapper of all time. - RobertWisdom


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2 Illmatic - Nas

This is easily the best rap album of all time. Personally, I don't think any album is as meaningful and down to earth as Illmatic. It truly is an unbelievably good album. It shaped the rap industry and influenced the likes of Biggie, Tupac and even Eminem. In his track 'Ether' Nas says, "name a rapper that I ain't infuence" where he just shreds Jay Z apart.
My top 5 artists in order go Tupac, Biggie, Kendrick, Eminem and then Nas but this album is just straight fire and formed a building block in the Hip Hop genre. Too bad these mumble rappers came into the scene and have virtually ruined this great genre, the music produced now days will never compare to hip hop in 90's but Kendrick is special and I believe he could possibly come close if he puts out another great album.

1. Illmatic-Nas
2. Enter the Wu Tang(36 chambers)
3. Paid in Full-Eric B and Rakim
4. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back-Public Enemy
5. Straight outta Compton-N.W.A.

Eminem is not the rap god the real rap god is nas

All time classic

3 The Eminem Show - Eminem

His flow is the best on this album than all other of his albums. - MickJames

The eminem show is great should be top ten fo sure

4 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
5 Paid In Full - Eric B. & Rakim
6 Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu Tang Clan

Why isn't this number one it is one of the most influential rap albums with some of the best and most original lyrics

7 The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest

Hell yeah! Only Midnight Marauders, It takes a nation of millions to hold us back and Enter the Wu-Tang can touch this! - yoshaholic

8 Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C.
9 Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G.

Why is this album at no. 23? Come ON... At least top 5

10 Soul Food - Goodie Mob

The Newcomers

? Ghetto Stories - Lil Boosie & Webbie
? It's Dark and Hell is Hot - DMX

The Contenders

11 Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Black Star
12 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A

This is the best rap album because of its legacy memorability and greatness R.I.P Easy E

13 Resurrection - Common
14 All Eyez On Me - 2Pac

Best Record Tupac Ever Had

I only vote for this cus it need to be under Eminem

King of Hip Hop, Tupac Makavelli.

"Ambitionz Az a Ridah"
How Do U Want It
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
Life Goes On
Only God Can Judge Me
"California Love (Remix)
Can't C Me
Wonda Why They Call U Bitch
All Eyez on Me
+ other good songs

15 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul
16 Encore - Eminem

Considered Eminem's worst album, why is it on the list? - DaWyteNight

Relapse is em's worst album, this album has some bad songs but its not horrible like many people say - Genesyis

17 Illadelph Halflife - The Roots
18 Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
19 Relapse - Eminem
20 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

Should be higher - Genesyis

This should be #1 it is easily the best rap album of all time

No, this should be last. Screw Kanye West. - DaWyteNight

21 The Slim Shady LP - Eminem
22 Recovery - Eminem

Best album ever

Bloody Hell! It should be at number 1. Those who never heard this album should drown themselves in water. Every song of this album is awesome. Especially "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE FT RIHANNA" is the best. Love it, it brings the beast out of me.

23 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Should be top 5 at least

This deserves to be top 5

24 Ridin' Dirty - Ugk
25 Liquid Swords - GZA
26 No Love Deep Web - Death Grips
27 Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile
28 Madvillainy - Madvillain


Best Album ever
Best rapper with the best rhyming skills

29 Get Rich or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent

Na. Decent production, but not one of the best rap albums out there. - DaWyteNight

30 Chapter 2: World Domination - Three 6 Mafia
31 Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
32 Moment of Truth - Gang Starr
33 Only Built For Cuban Linx - Raekwon
34 The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z

You kidding me? This trash? This is one of Jay-Z's worst albums! - DaWyteNight

35 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem
36 Lifestylez of Da Poor and Dangerous - Big L
37 The Chronic - Dr. Dre

Come on. We all know the Chronic changed the game. It should be number 2 after Illmatic

The best hip hop album of all time!

38 Lupe Fiasco's the Cool - Lupe Fiasco
39 The Rising Tied - Fort Minor
40 Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts

No way lol - DaWyteNight

41 Me Against the World - 2pac

People haven't listen this album it was way better than all eyes on me

I mean how is recovery above this album and ready to die recovery has like 5 good songs on it you guys are brainwashed by all this new lil Wayne rick ross chief keef bull this guy is right below is right better than all eyez on me pacs best work just listen to old school, can you get away, dear mama, so many tears, if I die tonight, me against the world, heavy in the game, it ain't easy one of the best lyrical albums of all time should be way higher I mean recovery was decent relapse sucked ass all you kids that are listening to all this new rap should go back and listen to the 90's rappers they actually told stories had great lyrics and way better production than they have today its sad what ymcmb and maybach music and chief keef bull has turned this rap game into it blows the only thing you guys really got any talent its kendrick lamar

42 Graduation - Kanye West
43 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne

The Greatest Rap album I've ever heard.

What's this doing here it was trash. - DaWyteNight

44 Doubt Me Now - Lil Wyte
45 Enta Da Stage - Black Moon
46 Reanimation - Linkin Park
47 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
48 The College Dropout - Kanye West

This is the best album on the whole list though

49 Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj

Trolls strike again - DaWyteNight

50 Shock of the Hour - MC Ren
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Top Remixes (8)

1. The Chronic - Dr. Dre
2. Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.
3. Illmatic - Nas
1. Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.
2. Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z
3. Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G.
1. Soul Food - Goodie Mob
2. Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Black Star
3. Resurrection - Common

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