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

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2 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

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

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

Only at 45 what the hell - DolanDuck1

This is the greatest rap album of all time after J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive

This album is about racism,over-coming suicidal thoughts,facing the devil and development.

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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


9 Graduation - Kanye West

Best Kanye West album I've listened to


10 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem

Better than the first one

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 V 1 Comment
15 Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
16 Relapse: Refill - Eminem
17 Encore - Eminem
18 The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
19 Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne

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

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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.

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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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