Most Underrated Hip-hop Albums of All Time

All those classic great albums like illmatic and paid in full dont count as this is underrated not greatest.

The Top Ten

1 Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 - Lupe Fiasco

It's only underrated if you think Lupe is a good constructionist of lyrics.

He's not. - Satire

2 The Great Milenko - Insane Clown Posse
3 King - Kollegah
4 Eminem - Relapse

Eminem's 4th best album after mmlp,sslp and Tes. Whats sad is that even eminem hates this album.

How can you underrate an album that gave us "beautiful". People actually never try to understand what a person is going thru. M sorry for people who always want the best.

Just listen to the song "BEAUTIFUL" I am sure you all will love it such a masterpiece it is and you will never get tired of it. Such an inspirational song

This is given loads of hate compared to his other albums, even from the man himself but there were some beauties on this album especially Beautiful and Crack A Bottle. Also 3AM, Stay Wide Awake, Old Time's Sake and Deja Vu deserve credit but I can see why the accents put people off this album.

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5 Infinite - Eminem

I don't see how all these albums that are clearly NOT underrated are on this list. Relapse, Stillmatic, and The 18th Letter? They've all gotten their fair share of recognition and critical success (well, somewhat for Relapse). Infinite however, was released 19 years ago, sold less than 1,000 copies, still is relatively unknown, and didn't do so well with the critics. But, it's a great album and (in my opinion) one of Eminem's best. - Lasvegasxavier

Infinite is actually very good, the lyrics are unbelievable!

Hands Down, most underrated album

Aww this one is UNDERRATED and it's always last place when it comes to Eminem albums... This may not be as good as the others but it's not bad

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6 Rebirth - Lil Wayne

Nah this album is hot garbage

7 The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Great album, but not underrated.

8 Under Construction - Missy Elliott
9 Planktonweed Tape - Spongebozz
10 Zuhaltertape Vol. 4 - Kollegah

The Contenders

11 Stillmatic - Nas

Not underrated but not overrated ether but good album

Severely underrated

Stillmatic is Nas' second best album behind Illmatic. Better than all of Jay-z and eminem's albums

Better Than "I Am..." And "Nastradamus" But Not As Good As "It Was Written" And Definitely No Where Near As Good As "Illmatic" - 12cc

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12 Rakim - The 18th Letter

One of the most solid albums to come out of the 90’s.

This was lyrically his best album. People don't understand he nearly completely killed all of the tracks on the album. How can anyone say this album wasn't awesome after listening to this masterpiece?

When Im Flowin has to be one of the greatest rap songs of all time!

An underrated album from a criminally underrated rapper. - arbeZameniC

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13 Souls Of Mischief - 93' To Infinity

This album is topclass! No further comments

Clever, creative lyrics and beats.

14 Immortal Technique - Revolutionary, Vol. 1

It's almost embarassing that people would put an album (relapse) on here because it had ONE good song. Sure, Beautiful is great but it can't alone make an overall mediocre album great. Eminem's last good album was The Eminem Show.

I'm a huge eminem's fan, but Infinite and Relapse are not underrated. Revolutionary? Yes it is, because in this album most of the songs are good and tops with Dancing With The Devil ( underrated ).

Dare you say relapse only had one good song that is beautiful. The rhymes schemes on relapse are untouchable

overrated - Satire

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15 UGK - Ridin' Dirty

Hot record really slept on. Should be in the 30-40 greatest hip-hop albums of all time list but usually gets left much lower by people. - Chris-1

These cat's know how to spit. 2nd only to Outkast in the south. - NeHiVikings

This album is dope to mob to

16 Royce Da 5'9 - Death is Certain

Royce is underrated so as Eminem so as bad meets evil

17 Juvenile - 400 Degreez

Most of juvenile's albums are underrated, especially reality check. They say juvenile is, "too regional". Jazz originated in new orleans too. Can you imagine if it had been dismissed as "too regional"?

Lots of underrated southern rap albums.There are those overrated ones like tha carter 3 but the south has some good stuff. - Chris-1

18 Immortal Technique - Revolutionary, Vol. 2

Not a bad song on here, no other rap artist manage to combine that guitar riff with great lyrics, that can always paint a picture. Never gets old.

19 The Rising Tied - Fort Minor

Fort Minor is sick! Love all the songs and its unfortunate most people never heard it. Also lp is good

20 Freestyle Fellowship - To Whom It May Concern

Almost everyone I talk to has never heard of this.Thats a crime this is a classic top 100 lp. - Chris-1

21 Freeway - Philadelphia Freeway

I was surprised at how good freeways debut was it is a near-classic album. - Chris-1

22 Deltron 3030 (Deltron 3030)
23 Recovery - Eminem

I'm surprised this isn't #1 because most people think it's not his best album and some of these tracks have a message in them and a few tell a story. 8/10

People think recovery sucks even though he has 2 extremely popular songs: love the way you lie and not afraid

Recovery is unappreciated and underrated

Overrated, only good song is Not Afraid

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24 Main Source - Breaking Atoms
25 Slick Rick - The Art Of Storytelling

the whole album is so dope - numetalhead

26 Az - Aziatic

This is a pure classic.. I promise you wont be dissapointed! - djphilgood3

27 Will Smith - Willenium

I was impressed with Will's versality on this album.. It wasnt just party tracks but songs with a message.. One of my favorites!

28 Paris - The Devil Made Me Do It

Most People Don�'t know even know him, One Of The Greats In Rap History.

29 No Mercy - T.I.
30 Anghellic - Tech N9ne

This album is one of the best horrorcore albums ever. Sick beats, different lyrics and unique flow. Tech also have the albums: Absoulute Power, K.O.D. and Everready wich all are on my top 30
Tech N9ne=King Of The Underground

31 Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L

In my opinion Big L is the second best rapper to ever live, right after Tupac - KrazzyMadd

Every track is legendary

32 Take Me to Your Leader - King Geedorah

Experimental hip-hop from one of MF DOOM's many nicknames. I conider it a underground classic. Totally mental beats, wicked lyrics!

33 Revolutionary Vol 2 - Immortal Technique
34 Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Good album, but how in the world is this underrated?

35 No One Can Do It Better - The D.O.C.
36 I Am... - Nas

Gugu gaga

37 AZ - Doe or Die

Best Album from most underrated rapper of the world!

38 O.C. - Word... Life
39 The Predator - Ice Cube

Great album, but this is underrated. Actually, hmm... I guess it is underrated.

It went platinum in 4 days.

40 Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj

Awesome songs, The haters just suck. Fly, Right Thru Me, Your Love are awesome meaningful songs. Unlike Stupid Hoe, Starships.

I like the album but I wouldn't include it on this list, because it is more of a pop than a hip hop album. Underrated nevertheless. - Martin_Canine

This is terrible

She's the best female rapper out there.. and no one is taking her seriously.. except for some rap artists

41 Shock of the Hour - MC Ren
42 50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct
43 Uptown Saturday Night - Camp Lo
44 I Wish My Brother George Was Here - Del the Funkee Homosapien
45 A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing - Black Sheep
46 Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil

Decent album

47 Levels - AKA

AKA is super underrated. we know he's not American but that doesn't mean he's nothing, he's actually quite good

Matter of fact,everything about AKA is underrated

48 Madvilliany - Madvillian
49 Death Grips - Exmilitary
50 Tougher Than Leather - Run DMC
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Top Remixes

1. King - Kollegah
2. Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 - Lupe Fiasco
3. The Great Milenko - Insane Clown Posse


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