Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Top 100 Rap Albums of All Time

First posted 7/17/2011. Updated 7/2/2019.

More than 25 lists were aggregated to determine the best rap albums of all time. All albums which made at least 2 lists were than ranked according to their overall points in Dave’s Music Database (which factors in all-genre best-of lists, chart figures, sales, awards, and album ratings). Here are the results:

1. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
2. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
3. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
4. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
5. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (1986)
6. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
7. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
8. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
9. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
10. MC Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)

11. Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992)
12. DJ Shadow Endtroducing… (1996)
13. The Fugees The Score (1996)
14. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
15. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
16. 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003)
17. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
18. Eminem Recovery (2010)
19. Eminem: Curtain Call: The Hits (compilation: 1999-2005, charted 2005)
20. Kendrick Lamar: Damn. (2017)

21. Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
22. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
23. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)
24. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (1987)
25. Nas Illmatic (1994)
26. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
27. Drake Views (2016)
28. Beastie Boys Ill Communication (1994)
29. Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle (1993)
30. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (3/15/15)

31. Eminem The Slim Shady LP (1999)
32. Vanilla Ice To the Extreme (1990)
33. The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die (1994)
34. A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (1991)
35. 50 Cent The Massacre (2005)
36. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
37. 2pac All Eyez on Me (1996)
38. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
39. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
40. The Notorious B.I.G. Life after Death (1997)

41. Eminem Encore (2004)
42. Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business (2005)
43. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (2008)
44. Eminem/various artists 8 Mile (soundtrack, 2002)
45. Nelly Country Grammar (2000)
46. Drake Scorpion (2018)
47. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
48. Drake Take Care (2011)
49. Arrested Development 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (1992)
50. Jay-Z The Black Album (2003)

51. Dr. Dre 2001 (1999)
52. 2pac Me Against the World (1995)
53. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
54. OutKast Aquemini (1998)
55. A Tribe Called Quest People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
56. Eminem Relapse (2009)
57. Will Smith Big Willie Style (1997)
58. Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. (1984)
59. Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (1987)
60. The Game The Documentary (2005)

61. Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (1998)
62. Beastie Boys Check Your Head (1992)
63. Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
64. Puff Daddy & the Family No Way Out (1997)
65. Cypress Hill Cypress Hill (1991)
66. Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (2009)
67. Common Be (2005)
68. Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt (1996)
69. Madvillain Madvillainy (2004)
70. Jay-Z Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (1998)

71. Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
72. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (2010)
73. Nelly Suit (2004)
74. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne (2011)
75. A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (1993)
76. LL Cool J Radio (1985)
77. Cypress Hill Black Sunday (1993)
78. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
79. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott Supa Dupa Fly (1997)
80. Ice Cube AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1999)

81. DMX It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
82. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal (1995)
83. T.I. King (2006)
84. DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (1988)
85. D12 D12 World (2004)
86. T.I. Paper Trail (2008)
87. Kanye West 808’s and Heartbreak (2008)
88. Tupac Shakur (as Makaveli) The Don illuminati – The 7 Day Theory (1996)
89. Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
90. OutKast ATLiens (1996)

91. Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out (1992)
92. Nas It Was Written (1996)
93. Raekwon Ony Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)
94. GZA/Genius Liquid Swords (1995)
95. De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead (1991)
96. DMX And Then There Was X (1999)
97. Nas Stillmatic (2001)
98. Ice Cube Death Certificate (1991)
99. EPMD Strictly Business (1988)
100. Mos Def Black on Both Sides (1999)

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