Best Rap Albums of the 21st Century

The Top Ten

The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem Product Image

Say what you will about Eminem in more recent times but in 2000 he was epic.

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

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

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

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West Product Image

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

The Eminem Show - Eminem The Eminem Show - Eminem Product Image

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

one of eminems greatest

Recovery - Eminem Recovery - Eminem Product Image

Songs in this album were just AMAZING

To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

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.

The best Hip-Hop album of the 21st century, by some margin too.

Should Be number 1

The Blueprint - Jay Z The Blueprint - Jay Z Product Image

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?

Relapse - Eminem Relapse - Eminem Product Image

Amazing

It was epic like my JUUL vape

It was epic like my vape #betterthanmmlp #betterthanillmatic

Graduation - Kanye West Graduation - Kanye West Product Image

Best Kanye West album I've listened to

godly

Doubt Me Now - Lil Wyte Doubt Me Now - Lil Wyte Product Image

One of the best albums to come out of Memphis, as well as southern rap albums period. The production and rapping is on point for almost the entire album, and most of the songs are classics that you can play over and over without ever getting tired of.

The Contenders

Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil Product Image
The Documentary - The Game The Documentary - The Game Product Image

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

He's the Game Changer

Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile Product Image
Lupe Fiasco's the Cool - Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's the Cool - Lupe Fiasco Product Image

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

Watch the Throne - Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne - Jay-Z and Kanye West Product Image
Encore - Eminem Encore - Eminem Product Image
Paper Trail - T. I Paper Trail - T. I Product Image
Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne Product Image

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

Relapse: Refill - Eminem Relapse: Refill - Eminem Product Image
The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z Product Image
Bad Azz - Lil Boosie Bad Azz - Lil Boosie Product Image
B.O.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray - B.O.B B.O.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray - B.O.B Product Image

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.

The Maven - K-Rino
2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole Product Image

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

Perfect album 0 skips

Goblin - Tyler, the Creator Goblin - Tyler, the Creator Product Image
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