The Top 100 Albums
More than 25 lists were aggregated to determine the best rap albums of all time. All albums which made at least 2 lists and/or won at least one “album of the year” award 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).
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1. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
11. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
21. Drake Views (2016)
31. A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (1991)
41. Kanye West Yeezus (2013)
51. The Notorious B.I.G. Life after Death (1997)
61. DMDB: J. Dilla Donuts (2006)
71. Tyler, the Creator Call Me if You Get Lost (2021)
81. Cypress Hill Cypress Hill (1991)
91. Cypress Hill Black Sunday (1993)
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First posted 7/17/2011; last updated 4/19/2022.