Top 10 Hip-Hop Artists Where Their First Album is Their Best
A list of Hip-Hop artists who essentially started at the top or in their prime.
The Top Ten
1Wu-Tang ClanThe Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - ParasN2000
2Snoop DoggCordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., (born, October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.
3NasNasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.
4DMXEarl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970.
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - ParasN2000
550 CentCurtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.
Get Rich or Die Tryin' - ParasN2000
6Z-RoJoseph Wayne McVey IV, better known by his stage names Z-Ro and The Mo City Don, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas.
Look What You Did to Me. Sadly after that album he would switch his style up and he lost that aggressive sound he had.
"Soul Food", southern classic! - DaWyteNight
8The Notorious B.I.GChristopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only ...read more.
Ready to Die - ParasN2000
Blu started his career by dropping the amazing 'Below the Heavens' with Exile, but he has never been able to top that or even come close to it.
Below the Heavens
10Eric B. and Rakim
Paid in Full - ParasN2000
11OutkastOutkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping ...read more.
12Ja RuleJeffrey Bruce Atkins, better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor from Queens, New York.
Jenni Vetti Vecci - ParasN2000
13Big LLamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came ...read more.
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous - ParasN2000
14Project PatPatrick Houston, better known as Project Pat is an American rapper and actor originating from Memphis, Tennessee.
15Flo RidaTramar Lacel Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida is an American rapper and pop music artist from Carol City, Florida. He is known for songs such as "Low", "Right Round", "Sugar", "Club Can't Handel Me", "Good Feeling", "Whistle", "Wild Ones", "My House" and "GDFR."
Mail on Sunday
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick - ParasN2000
18PitbullArmando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is a Grammy (and Latin Grammy) winning Cuban-American rapper, songwriter and record producer.
19Kanye WestKanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
21Lil WytePatrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.
Doubt Me Now
22RittzJonathan McCollum, better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia.
23WebbieWebster Gradney, Jr., born September 6, 1985, is an American rapper and actor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He's been signed to the independent Trill Entertainment label since 2003. Before releasing his first solo album Savage Life in 2005, he would release two collaboration albums with Lil Boosie, Ghetto ...read more.
24The Black Eyed PeasThe Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie.
25Mos DefYasiin Bey, best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York.
26Kool G RapNathaniel Thomas Wilson, better known by his stage name Kool G Rap is an American rapper from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City.
27Big PunChristopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the early 1990s, he was the first Latino rapper to have an album certified platinum as a solo act. ...read more.
Regulate...G Funk Era
29Kid CudiScott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.
30Wiz KhalifaCameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.