100 Greatest Rap, Hip-Hop Albums

Criteria: The 100 Rap music albums listed here were chosen for Impact, Influence, Critical Acclaim, and Lasting Popularity in the genre of Rap and Hip-Hop. All realms of Rap/Hip-Hop are included.
Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Albums
1. It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
Public Enemy
2. good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar
3. The Marshall Mathers LP
4. Paid In Full
Eric B. & Rakim
5. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
6. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West
7. The Blueprint
8. Straight Outta Compton
9. Raising Hell
10. 3 Feet High And Rising
De La Soul
11. The Chronic
Dr. Dre
12. The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest
13. To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar
14. Stankonia
15. Illmatic
16. Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Wu Tang Clan
17. All Eyez on Me
18. Pauls Boutique
Beastie Boys
19. Late Registration
Kanye West
20. It's a Big Daddy Thing
Big Daddy Kane
21. Supa Dupa Fly
Missy Elliott
22. Ready To Die
The Notorious B.I.G.
23. Aquemini
24. Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne
25. Radio
LL Cool J
26. Things Fall Apart
The Roots
27. Criminal Minded
Boogie Down Productions
28. King of Rock
29. Madvillainy
30. The Message
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
31. The College Dropout
Kanye West
32. Fear of A Black Planet
Public Enemy
33. R.A.P. Music
Killer Mike
34. Run-D.M.C.
35. The Score
The Fugees
36. Me Against the World
2 pac
37. License To Ill
Beastie Boys
38. The Untouchable
39. Mama Said Knock You Out
LL Cool J
40. O.G. Original Gangster
Ice T
41. Long Live the Kane
Big Daddy Kane
42. Kurtis Blow
Kurtis Blow
43. Planet Rock
Afrika Bambaataa
44. Doggystyle
45. Black on Both Sides
Mos Def
46. The Black Album
47. Mecca and the Soul Brother
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
48. Reasonable Doubt
49. My Name Is My Name
Pusha T.
50. Speakerboxx/The Love Below
51. Lyte As A Rock
MC Lyte
52. The Slim Shady LP
53. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Ice Cube
54. KRS-One
55. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Slick Rick
56. Life After Death
The Notorious B.I.G.
57. Nothing Was The Same
58. Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Black Star (Mos Def / Talib Kweli)
59. Very Necessary
60. Liquid Swords
61. Oxymoron
ScHoolboy Q
62. Under Construction
Missy Elliott
63. Oh My God
Doug E. Fresh
64. I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
Earl Sweatshirt
65. All Hail The Queen
Queen Latifah
66. '93 Til Infinity
Souls of Mischief
67. Phrenology
The Roots
68. DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar
69. Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels
70. Like Water For Chocolate
71. Midnight Maruaders
A Tribe Called Quest
72. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
73. Straight Out the Jungle
The Jungle Brothers
74. No One Can Do It Better
The D.O.C.
75. Follow the Leader
Eric B. & Rakim
76. Big Tyme
Heavy D. & The Boyz
77. Run The Jewels II
Run the Jewels
78. Blacks Magic
79. Strictly Business
80. Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent
81. Mantronix : The Album
82. Coloring Book
Chance the Rapper
83. Tha Carter IV
Lil Wayne
84. By All Means Necessary
Boogie Down Productions
85. It Was Written
86. Daily Operation
Gang Starr
87. Its Dark and Hell is Hot
88. Quality Control
Jurassic 5
89. Capital Punishment
Big Pun
90. Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders First Lady
91. Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
92. Sex Packets
Digital Underground
93. The Greatest Story Never Told
94. Escape
95. Critical Beatdown
Ultramagnetic MCs
96. How Ya Like Me Now
Kool Moe Dee
97. The Coming
Busta Rhymes
98. 3 Years, 5 Days, and 2 Months in the Life of...
Arrested Development
99. Cadillactica
Big K.R.I.T.
100. Chicken-N-Beer
Honorable Mentions
Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill
Loc-ed After Dark
Tone Loc
Death Certificate
Ice Cube
Check Your Head
Beastie Boys
Done by the Forces of Nature
Jungle Brothers
Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Digable Planets
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Big Boi
The Fat Boys
The Fat Boys
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip-Hop
Boogie Down Productions
People's Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm
A Tribe Called Quest
Apocolypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Back
Public Enemy
The Big Picture
Big L
The Cactus Album
3rd Bass
One For All
Brand Nubian
In Full Gear
Goin' Off
Biz Markie
Hot Cool & Vicious
He's the DJ, I'm The Rapper
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Please Hammer, Don't Hurt Em
MC Hammer

Last Updated: 2017-09-06
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