Top 10 Hip-Hop Artists Where Their First Album is Their Best

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A list of Hip-Hop artists who essentially started at the top or in their prime.

The Top Ten

1 Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan The 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

2 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar 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.
3 Nas Nas Nasir 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.
4 DMX DMX Earl 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

5 50 Cent 50 Cent Curtis 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

6 Z-Ro Z-Ro Joseph 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.

7 Goodie Mob Goodie Mob

"Soul Food", southern classic! - DaWyteNight

8 The Notorious B.I.G The Notorious B.I.G Christopher 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

9 Blu Blu

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

10 Eric B. and Rakim Eric B. and Rakim

Paid in Full - ParasN2000

The Contenders

11 Outkast Outkast Outkast 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.
12 Ja Rule Ja Rule Jeffrey 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

13 Big L Big L Lamont 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

14 Project Pat Project Pat Patrick Houston, better known as Project Pat is an American rapper and actor originating from Memphis, Tennessee.
15 Flo Rida Flo Rida Tramar 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

16 Drake Drake
17 Slick Rick Slick Rick

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick - ParasN2000

18 Pitbull Pitbull Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is a Grammy (and Latin Grammy) winning Cuban-American rapper, songwriter and record producer.
19 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye 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.
20 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar

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21 Lil Wyte Lil Wyte Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.

Doubt Me Now

22 Rittz Rittz Jonathan McCollum, better known by his stage name Rittz, is an American rapper from Gwinnett County, Georgia.
23 Webbie Webbie Webster 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.
24 The Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie.
25 Mos Def Mos Def Yasiin 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.
26 Kool G Rap Kool G Rap Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, better known by his stage name Kool G Rap is an American rapper from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City.
27 Big Pun Big Pun Christopher 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.
28 Warren G Warren G

Regulate...G Funk Era

29 Kid Cudi Kid Cudi Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.
30 Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.
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