100 Greatest Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop Albums

Criteria: These albums were ranked based on influence, popularity, innovation, and overall quality of music. Each album demonstrates a deviation from the normal subject matter/approach/aesthetic/themes of hip-hop music at any given time.
Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop Albums
1. The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest
2. Aquemini
Outkast
3. Critical Beatdown
Ultramagnetic MCs
4. 3 Feet High & Rising
De La Soul
5. '93 Til Infinity
Souls of Mischief
6. Paul's Boutique
The Beastie Boys
7. Things Fall Apart
The Roots
8. Step In the Arena
GangStarr
9. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
10. One for All
Brand Nubian
11. Midnight Marauders
A Tribe Called Quest
12. Black Star
Black Star
13. All Hail the Queen
Queen Latifah
14. Breaking Atoms
Main Source
15. The Score
The Fugees
16. Bizarre Ride II tha Pharcyde
The Pharcyde
17. southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Outkast
18. Black On Both Sides
Mos Def
19. I Wish My Brother George Was Here
Del the Funkee Homosapien
20. De La Soul Is Dead
De La Soul
21. Under Construction
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
22. Like Water for Chocolate
Common
23. Uptown Saturday Night
Camp Lo
24. Quality Control
Jurassic 5
25. KRS-One
KRS-One
26. Dr. Octagonecologyst
Dr. Octagon/Kool Keith
27. In Full Gear
Stetsasonic
28. Daily Operation
GangStarr
29. ATLiens
Outkast
30. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
A Tribe Called Quest
31. Sex Packets
Digital Underground
32. Vaudeville Villain
MF Doom
33. 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days In the Life Of...
Arrested Development
34. Sun Rises In the East
Jeru the Damaja
35. Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time & Space)
Digable Planets
36. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast
37. Check Your Head
The Beastie Boys
38. Done By the Forces of Nature
Jungle Brothers
39. Supa Dupa Fly
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
40. Mecca & the Soul Brother
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
41. Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030
42. Stankonia
Outkast
43. Funcrusher Plus
Company Flow
44. Illadelph Halflife
The Roots
45. Enta Da Stage
Black Moon
46. Organized Konfusion
Organized Konfusion
47. A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
Black Sheep
48. Blazing Arrow
Blackilicious
49. Watermelon, Chicken, and Grits
Nappy Roots
50. Art.Official.Intelligence: Bionix
De La Soul
51. Kwame, the Boy Genius feat. A New Beginning
Kwame
52. Do You Want More?!???!!!
The Roots
53. Reflection Eternal
Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek
54. Fantastic Vol. 2
Slum Village
55. Holy Intellect
Poor Righteous Teachers
56. The Love Movement
A Tribe Called Quest
57. L.I.F.E. (Living In Fear of Extinction)
Nefertiti
58. Still Standing
Goodie MOB
59. A Prince Among Thieves
Prince Paul
60. Blowout Comb
Digable Planets
61. One Day It'll All Make Sense
Common
62. The Cactus Album
3rd Bass
63. Kollage
Bahamadia
64. Presents The Carnival
Wyclef Jean
65. The Coming
Busta Rhymes
66. Gorillaz
Gorillaz
67. Let's Get Free
Dead Prez
68. Home
Spearhead
69. Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury
Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy
70. Soul Food
Goodie MOB
71. To the East, Backwards
X-Clan
72. Quality
Talib Kweli
73. Attack of the Attacking Things
Jean Grae
74. Straight Out the Jungle
The Jungle Brothers
75. Handsome Boy Modeling School
Handsome Boy Modeling School
76. The Platform
Dilated Peoples
77. A Future Without A Past
Leaders of the New School
78. The Album
Questionmark Asylum
79. Behind the Front
Black Eyed Peas
80. Of the Heart, Of the Soul and Of the Cross: the Utopian Experience
P.M. Dawn
81. A Much Better Tomorrow
The Automator
82. Chupacabra
Imani Coppola
83. Steal This Album
The Coup
84. Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill
85. Resurrection
Common
86. Foundation
Brand Nubian
87. Black Reign
Queen Latifah
88. Riders of the Storm: The Underwater Album
The Boogiemonsters
89. MM...Food?
MF Doom
90. Labor Days
Aesop Rock
91. Fruits of Nature
UMC's
92. Derelicts of Dialect
3rd Bass
93. From the Roota to the Toota
Field Mob
94. Home
Spearhead
95. Amplified
Q-Tip
96. Gravity
Da Bush Babees
97. Which Doobie UB?
Funkdoobiest
98. Rebel Soul
Isis
99. Hello Nasty
Beastie Boys
100. Chocolate Supahighway
Spearhead

List Begun: 2005-02-02