What are the best hip hop albums of all time? The answer, of course, is totally subjective. Everyone has differing opinions about which hip hop and rap albums should be ranked on top, and that’s what this list is all about. Vote for your personal favorite hip hop albums ever, and vote down those albums listed that you don’t feel are worthy of the honor. And, while you’re at it, head over to the best hip-hop/rap albums of 2012 list and cast your ballot there as well!
The hip-hop albums here represent decades of great music from notables rappers and hip-hop artists — some we’ve lost, and others who continue to make great music year after year. Some of the biggest and best hip hop albums ever made include classics like ‘The Chronic’ from Dr. Dre, ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ by Public Enemy, ‘Paid in Full’ by Eric B. and Rakim and ‘N***az4Life’ by N.W.A. And no list of amazing hip hop albums would be complete without ‘Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers’ by Wu-Tang Clan and ‘Life After Death’ by The Notorious B.I.G.
The Marshall Mathers LPEminem
Ready to DieThe Notorious B.I.G.
Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 ChambersWu-Tang Clan
The ChronicDr. Dre
All Eyez on MeTupac Shakur
The Slim Shady LPEminem
The Eminem ShowEminem
Good Kid, M.A.A.d CityKendrick Lamar
Life After DeathThe Notorious B.I.G.
Get Rich or Die Tryin’50 Cent
The Low End TheoryA Tribe Called Quest
The College DropoutKanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye West
Me Against the WorldTupac Shakur
The InfamousMobb Deep
Paid in FullEric B. & Rakim
AmeriKKKa’s Most WantedIce Cube
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic Enemy
Late RegistrationKanye West
Midnight MaraudersA Tribe Called Quest
The Miseducation of Lauryn HillLauryn Hill