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


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

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

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 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

6 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

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

6? Eminem Fans Smh - harrymfuess

Should Be number 1

Absolute masterpiece

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

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 vape #betterthanmmlp #betterthanillmatic


9 Graduation - Kanye West

Best Kanye West album I've listened to


10 Doubt Me Now - Lil Wyte

The Contenders

11 Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
12 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

13 Watch the Throne - Jay-Z and Kanye West
14 Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile
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 Encore - Eminem
17 Paper Trail - T. I
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 Relapse: Refill - Eminem
20 The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z

Blueprint 3 was trash. - DaWyteNight

21 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole

Perfect album 0 skips

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.

This the goat

Better than most of these easily

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22 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.

23 Bad Azz - Lil Boosie
24 Rising Down - The Roots
25 Nothing Was the Same - Drake
26 The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant - Rittz
27 Curtain Call - Eminem
28 Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G.
29 The Maven - K-Rino
30 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

31 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem

Underrated and not far off MMLP1

Better than the first one

32 Strange Clouds - B.o.B
33 The Incredible True Story - Logic
34 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

35 Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
36 Saturation II - Brockhampton Saturation II - Brockhampton
37 Welcome to: Our House - Slaughterhouse
38 Icinde Patlar - Norm Ender
39 Stankonia - Outkast
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 The Rising Tied - Fort Minor
48 Tha Carter IV - Lil' Wayne
49 Meteora - Linkin Park

Lol who put this on here

50 The Papercut Chronicles II - Gym Class Heroes
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Updated 14 Jun 2019

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Top Remixes (11)

1. Curtain Call - Eminem
2. Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
3. Strange Clouds - B.o.B
1. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
2. Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
3. Saturation II - Brockhampton
1. Doubt Me Now - Lil Wyte
2. Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile
3. Lupe Fiasco's the Cool - Lupe Fiasco

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