Top Ten Important Albums in Hip-Hop History

The Top Ten

1 No One Can Do It Better - The D.O.C.

Better than any of the albums listed above.

Didn't expect this album to hit #1!

I love N.W.A, but this album is somewhat important in hip-hop history. The album is even best remembered for beginning with "y'all ready for this? " on the opening track "It's Funky Enough", which has been sampled on many rap songs and sports songs.

Great Dr. Dre production! Recommended for N.W.A fans.

2 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.

This album started the rise of popularity for gangsta rap and the West Coast hip-hop scene.

The album that made N.W.A a household name.

Timeless classic!

Important for not only popularizing the West Coast hip-hop scene, but for featuring two rappers (Dr. Dre and Ice Cube) before they went on to become rap superstars.

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4 The Chronic - Dr. Dre
5 Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys

This was the first hip-hop album to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

6 Illmatic - Nas
7 3 Feet High and Rising - De la Soul

Best album of the 80's!

Timeless classic!

8 Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions

Important for not only featuring KRS-One, but for providing a prototype for the East Coast gangsta rap scene.

9 O.G. Original Gangster - Ice-T

One of Ice-T's breakthrough albums.

10 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back - Public Enemy

A breakthrough for Public Enemy.

The Contenders

11 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

A rap album that came out in the early 2000's is definitely not more important than anything that came out before this one.

12 Me Against the World - Tupac

2Pac's first #1 album. In fact, this made him the first artist to have an album debut at that position on Billboard 200 while serving time in prison.

R.I.P 2Pac

13 Ready to Die - The Notorious B.I.G.
14 Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C

Without Run-D.M.C., hip hop wouldn't have existed.

15 Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys

Underrated Beastie album!

16 Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy
17 Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
18 Raising Hell - Run-DMC
19 Livin' Like Hustlers - Above the Law

Underrated group, underrated album! Also one of the first G-funk albums to exist, predating "The Chronic" by two years.

20 E. 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-harmony

Great album and tribute to Bone Thugs's friend and mentor Eazy-E!

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