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100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Albums
of the 90s

Criteria: These are the albums that epitomized all facets of hip-hop music/culture in the 1990s. They were chosen and ranked according to quality, popularity, timelessness and influence.

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100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Albums '90s
  1. Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers - Wu-Tang Clan (1993)
  2. Illmatic - Nas (1994)
  3. The Chronic - Dr. Dre (1992)
  4. The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest (1991)
  5. Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
  6. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill (1998)
  7. Me Against the World - 2Pac (1995)
  8. Aquemini - Outkast (1998)
  9. The Score - The Fugees (1996)
10. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon (1995)
11. The Slim Shady LP - Eminem (1999)
12. Endtroducing... - DJ Shadow (1996)
13. All Eyez On Me - 2Pac (1996)
14. Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z (1996)
15. Daily Operation - Gang Starr (1992)
16. Liquid Swords - GZA (1995)
17. The Infamous... - Mobb Deep (1995)
18. Black On Both Sides - Mos Def (1999)
19. Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
20. Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy (1990)
21. Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Black Star (Mos Def/Talib Kweli) (1998)
22. 2001 - Dr. Dre (1999)
23. Breaking Atoms - Main Source (1991)
24. Things Fall Apart - The Roots (1998)
25. Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous - Big L (1995)
26. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted - Ice Cube (1990)
27. Enta Da Stage - Black Moon (1993)
28. Step In the Arena - GangStarr (1992)
29. Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest (1993)
30. Bizarre Ride II Tha Pharcyde - The Pharcyde (1992)
31. DoggyStyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
32. Resurrection - Common (1994)
33. Check Your Head - Beastie Boys (1992)
34. Death Certificate - Ice Cube (1991)
35. The Sun Rises in the East - Jeru the Damaja (1994)
36. A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing - Black Sheep (1991)
37. Whut? Thee Album - Redman (1992)
38. Don Killuminati: The 7-Day Theory - 2Pac/Makaveli (1996)
39. Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version - Ol' Dirty Bastard (1995)
40. It Was Written - Nas (1996)
41. Nia - Blackalicious (1999 )
42. Hello Nasty - Beastie Boys (1998)
43. Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Elliott (1997)
44. ATLiens - Outkast (1996)
45. Wu-Tang Forever - Wu-Tang Clan (1997)
46. 93 Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief (1993)
47. De La Soul Is Dead - De La Soul (1991)
48. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest (1990)
49. Vol. 1: In My Lifetime - Jay-Z (1997)
50. Operation: Doomsday - MF Doom (1999)
51. Capital Punishment - Big Punisher (1998)
52. I Am... - Nas (1999)
53. Apocalypse '91: The Enemy Strikes Black - Public Enemy (1991)
54. Moment of Truth - Gang Starr (1998)
55. Reachin': A New Refutation of Time and Space - Digable Planets (1993)
56. Word...Life - O.C. (1994)
57. One For All - Brand Nubian (1990)
58. Soul Food - Goodie MOB (1995)
59. Steal This Album - The Coup (1998)
60. Soul on Ice - Ras Kass (1996)
61. War Report - Capone-N-Noreaga (1997)
62. Runaway Slave - Showbiz & A.G. (1992)
63. Organized Konfusion - Organized Konfusion (1991)
64. Wrath of the Math - Jeru the Damaja (1996)
65. Internal Affairs - Pharoahe Monch (1999)
66. Ironman - Ghostface Killah (1996)
67. Labcabincalifornia - The Pharcyde (1995)
68. Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life - Jay-Z (1998)
69. 6 Feet Deep - Gravediggaz (1994)
70. Black Sunday - Cypress Hill (1993)
71. Jewelz - O.C. (1997)
72. Tical - Method Man (1994)
73. Stress: The Extinction Agenda - Organized Konfusion (1994)
74. Mecca and the Soul Brother - Pete Rock and CL Smooth (1992)
75. southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - Outkast (1994)
76. Wanted: Dead or Alive - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (1990)
77. Do You Want More?!!!??! - The Roots (1994)
78. The Diary - Scarface (1994)
79. Dr. Octagonecologyst - Dr. Octagon/Kool Keith (1996)
80. Uncontrolled Substance - Inspectah Deck (1999)
81. Doe Or Die - AZ (1995)
82. Heavy Mental - Killah Priest (1998)
83. Live and Let Die - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (1992)
84. Take a Look Around - Masta Ace (1990)
85. Don't Sweat the Technique - Eric B. and Rakim (1992)
86. I Wish My Brother George Was Here - Del the Funkee Homosapien (1991)
87. A Prince Among Thieves - Prince Paul (1999)
88. Funcrusher Plus - Company Flow (1997)
89. The Main Ingredient - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1994)
90. Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop - Diamond D (1992)
91. O.G.: Original Gangster - Ice-T (1991)
92. Hell on Earth - Mobb Deep (1996)
93. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J (1990)
94. Dah Shinin' - Smif-N-Wessun (1995)
95. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em - Eric B. & Rakim (1990)
96. Illadelph Halflife - The Roots (1996)
97. Hard to Earn - Gang Starr (1994)
98. Muddy Waterz - Redman (1996)
99. KRS-One - KRS-One (1995)
100. E. 1999-Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1995)
honerable mentions
 Comin' Out Hard - Eightball & MJG (1993)
 Business Never Personal - EPMD (1992)
 We Can't Be Stopped - Geto Boys (1991)
 Still Standing - Goodie MOB (1998)
 One Day It'll All Make Sense - Common (1997)
 It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - DMX (1998)
 Black Reign - Queen Latifah (1993)
 3 Years, 5 Months, and 2 Days In the Life Of... - Arrested Development (1992)
 Uptown Saturday Night - Camp Lo (1997)
 Blacks' Magic - Salt-N-Pepa (1990)
 400 Degreez - Juvenile (1998)
 Make Way For the Motherlode - Yo-Yo (1991)
 Harlem World - Ma$e (1997)
 On Top of the World - Eightball & MJG (1995)
 Funkdafied - Da Brat (1995)
 Sex Packets - Digital Underground (1990)
 Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood - DMX (1998)
 Efil4zaggin - N.W.A. (1991)
 Down With the King - Run-D.M.C. (1993)
 No Way Out - Puff Daddy (1997)
 The Coming - Busta Rhymes (1995)
 Short Dog's In the House - Too Short (1990)
 Ghetto D - Master P (1997)
 Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill (1991)
 Hardcore - Lil Kim (1996)
 To the East, Blackwards - X-Clan (1991)
 Quik's the Name - DJ Quik (1991)
 Ill Na Na - Foxy Brown (1996)
 Home - Spearhead (1994)
 Homebase - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1991)
 Future Without A Past - Leaders of the New School (1991)
 Peaceful Journey - Heavy D. & the Boyz (1991)
 The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World - Keith Murray (1994)
 Naughty By Nature - Naughty By Nature (1991)
 Blowout Comb - Digable Planets (1994)

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