Best Rap Albums of the 21st Century

The Top Ten

1 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem


Definitely the best rap album of the whole century, and there wont be a better hip hop album than this one.

Best Eminem album listening to it right now

Honestly this and illmatic are so good 1a and 1b for goat hiphop album

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2 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

This album is amazing. The beats and lyrics are incredible and themes on this album are varied and interesting.

This album was inspired by illmatic

Best album I know since dre chronicles

Kills every other album on this list - ap1570626

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3 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

An absolute masterpiece you can hear Kanye evolve from trying to be the good guy rapper who raps on soft soulful beats to accepting the fact that he has become villain everyone hates and begins to rap on more moody beats talking about money and his ego

An understated masterpiece. People fail to realize the effect this album has has on hip hop culture, and even more so the homage it pays to the MUSIC community through its intricate production/samples and pop culture references.

This album was music at its recent finest. The title track was perfect! The album was like a rap version of Prince purple rain album

Why is Recovery here? That was a terrible album, it was pop music. This is the greatest rap album of the 21st century by far.

So it was terrible BECAUSE it was pop music? Yeah, your credibility ends there. - WonkeyDude98

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4 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Should Be number 1

Absolute masterpiece

Greatest Rap album ever. One of the best albums in any genre of music. Should be first.

To me, better than MMLP, Straight Outta Compton, and Ready to die. This breathed life back into hip hop

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5 The Eminem Show - Eminem

This album allows you to have the ability to have one solid run-through and have every track be amazing.

Til I Collapse, without me its really an incredible album

Eminem in his prime


6 Recovery - Eminem

Songs in this album were just AMAZING

No just no kys

So good

I'm a stan...and I know this is list is way too messed Better be in your trash can

7 The Blueprint - Jay Z

Jay-Z is generally overrated but this album is amazing nonetheless, not the best of the century though, Kendrick is better

It's very simple.. This is the blueprint. Of rap music. This is how it should be done. This is HOV at his very best. The best rap album by the best rapper ever, is it even a question?

8 Relapse - Eminem

It was epic like my JUUL vape

It was epic like my vape #betterthanmmlp #betterthanillmatic

Are you kidding me, this is his worst album ever. It might be better if he hadn't used his Arab voice but cause if that it sucks


9 Madvillany - Madvillan

This album IS the most creative rap album of all time. I did not see the genius, coming fromonths a lot of great albums (Illmatic, 36 chambers, ME against the world, To pimp a butterfly)
I had seen a lot of complex rhymes, which I love. Then I listen to the songs and realized in about 8 of them, he isn't being abstract. I learn something every time I listen to it,really fun album

10 Graduation - Kanye West

Best Kanye West album I've listened to


The Newcomers

? God's Son - Nas
? Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor - Lupe Fiasco

The Contenders

11 Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
12 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem

Underrated and not far off MMLP1

Better than the first one

13 Doubt Me Now - Lil Wyte
14 The Documentary - The Game

Develops into the best of the West Coast in 21st century thanks to great beats and influential rapping

He's the Game Changer - Subhojit_roy50

15 Lupe Fiasco's the Cool - Lupe Fiasco

It's a disgrace that GKMC and Kanye's overrated trash is higher than this. - DaWyteNight

16 Watch the Throne - Jay-Z and Kanye West
17 Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile
18 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne

Best lil wayne album by far, and this was when wayne was ruled the game.


This album sucks, the carter 2 was his best album not this. - DaWyteNight

19 Encore - Eminem
20 Paper Trail - T. I
21 Relapse: Refill - Eminem
22 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole

This the goat

Honestly one of the greatest pieces of hip-hop legend. Shows J Cole as an individual artist who can tell a story so well in an album that flows from start to finish with not a single rhyme out of place.

Better than most of these easily


23 The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z

Blueprint 3 was trash. - DaWyteNight

24 B.O.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray - B.O.B

This is a grammy nominated album from one of the most underrated rappers in the world. The combination of rapping and singing work out amazingly on the tracks. There are also 3 top 10 singles on this one album along with features from T.I, Bruno Mars and Eminem.

25 Bad Azz - Lil Boosie
26 Rising Down - The Roots
27 Supreme Clientele - Ghostface Killah
28 The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant - Rittz
29 Stankonia - Outkast
30 Curtain Call - Eminem
31 Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G.
32 The Maven - K-Rino
33 The College Dropout - Kanye West

How the hell is mbdtf higher than Kanye's actual good albums like this? - DaWyteNight

Recovery is top 5 and this is number 16? Bye guys

Where are the Eminem albums
Marshall mathers lp the rap álbum most sold in history - Yc07

34 Strange Clouds - B.o.B
35 The Incredible True Story - Logic
36 Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
37 Saturation II - Brockhampton Saturation II - Brockhampton
38 Late Registration - Kanye West

Yeah, the first 3 being Kanye might sound biased, but it is 100% true.

39 Welcome to: Our House - Slaughterhouse
40 Saturation III - Brockhampton Saturation III - Brockhampton

Best and most real BROCKHAMPTON album

41 Straight From the Lab - Eminem
42 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
43 Goblin - Tyler, the Creator
44 Saturation - Brockhampton Saturation - Brockhampton
45 Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar
46 All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ - Joey Bada$$
47 Marshall Mathers - Eminem

Wow! This album made em one of the Greatest. wordplay, flow, introspect, punchlines... Everything!

This is already there higher up on the list in like #1 or something so yall r pretty stupid

48 The Rising Tied - Fort Minor
49 Tha Carter IV - Lil' Wayne
50 Meteora - Linkin Park

Lol who put this on here

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Top Remixes (13)

1. Curtain Call - Eminem
2. Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
3. Strange Clouds - B.o.B
1. Madvillany - Madvillan
2. Supreme Clientele - Ghostface Killah
3. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
1. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
2. Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
3. Saturation II - Brockhampton

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