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

Simply the best


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2 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

Hauntingly beautiful!

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3 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

Very special, kendrick you are truly the best :))

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4 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


5 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

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

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

Absolute masterpiece

Should Be number 1

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6 Recovery - Eminem

Songs in this album were just AMAZING

So good

No just no kys

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

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?

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

8 Relapse - Eminem

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


It was epic like my JUUL vape

It was epic like my vape #betterthanmmlp #betterthanillmatic

9 Graduation - Kanye West

Best Kanye West album I've listened to


10 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem

Better than the first one

Underrated and not far off MMLP1

The Contenders

11 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

12 Watch the Throne - Jay-Z and Kanye West
13 Paper Trail - T. I
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 Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
16 Encore - Eminem
17 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne

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


18 Relapse: Refill - Eminem
19 The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
20 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.

21 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole

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

This the goat


22 Supreme Clientele - Ghostface Killah
23 Stankonia - Outkast
24 Curtain Call - Eminem
25 The College Dropout - Kanye West

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

26 Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G.
27 Strange Clouds - B.o.B
28 Late Registration - Kanye West

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

29 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
30 Welcome to: Our House - Slaughterhouse
31 The Rising Tied - Fort Minor
32 Lupe Fiasco's the Cool - Lupe Fiasco
33 Straight From the Lab - Eminem
34 Razor Tag - Styles of Beyond
35 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

36 Tha Carter IV - Lil' Wayne
37 Meteora - Linkin Park

Lol who put this on here

38 Planet Pit - Pitbull
39 Something Else - Tech N9ne
40 The Papercut Chronicles II - Gym Class Heroes
41 Acid Rap - Chance the Rapper


42 Under Pressure - Logic
43 The Big Picture - Big L

Every verse properly constructed and the punchlines timeless!

44 God vs. Satan - Jakki da Motamouth

Fantastic concept album that follows through with the concept the entire album without trailing off. I'm ashamed at many people don't know about this album.

45 The Money Store - Death Grips
46 The Fix - Scarface
47 Saturation III - Brockhampton Saturation III - Brockhampton

Best and most real BROCKHAMPTON album

48 Icinde Patlar - Norm Ender
49 Urban Legend - T.I.
50 Yeezus - Kanye West
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Top Remixes (10)

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. The Eminem Show - Eminem
2. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
3. Encore - Eminem

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