The 100 Best Rap Albums of All Time

By Position
By Year
By Artist
27 of 100
1982
0 of 1
1983
1984
1985
1986
1 of 2
1987
1 of 3
1988
2 of 10
1989
0 of 5
90s
1990
2 of 5
1991
1 of 9
1992
1 of 5
1993
3 of 4
1994
2 of 9
1995
3 of 7
1996
2 of 10
1997
1 of 3
1998
1 of 7
1999
2 of 6
00s
2000
2 of 5
2001
0 of 2
2002
0 of 1
2003
2004
1 of 2
2005
1 of 1
2006
2007
2008
2009
10s
2010
2011
2012
0 of 1
2013
0 of 1
2014
2015
1 of 1

Illmatic

1
1994
Nas

Ready to Die

2
1994
The Notorious B.I.G.

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

3
1988
Public Enemy

Paid in Full

4
1987
Eric B. & Rakim

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...

5
1995
Raekwon

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

6
1993
Wu-Tang Clan

The Chronic

7
1992
Dr. Dre

Straight Outta Compton

8
1988
N.W.A.

The Low End Theory

9
1991
A Tribe Called Quest

Me Against the World

10
1995
2Pac

Reasonable Doubt

11
1996
Jay-Z

Death Certificate

12
1991
Ice Cube

Aquemini

13
1998
OutKast

Criminal Minded

14
1987
Boogie Down Productions

Licensed to Ill

15
1986
Beastie Boys

The Score

16
1996
Fugees

Doggystyle

17
1993
Snoop Doggy Dogg

Cypress Hill

18
1991
Cypress Hill

Resurrection

19
1994
Common

Breaking Atoms

20
1991
Main Source

Looking for the Perfect Beat

21
1982
Afrika Bambaataa

Strictly Business

22
1988
EPMD

No One Can Do It Better

23
1989
D.O.C.

Raising Hell

24
1986
Run-DMC

Critical Beatdown

25
1988
Ultramagnetic MC's

Midnight Marauders

26
1993
A Tribe Called Quest

Long Live the Kane

27
1988
Big Daddy Kane

The Diary

28
1994
Scarface

The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

29
1996
Makaveli

Mama Said Knock You Out

30
1990
LL Cool J

Paul’s Boutique

31
1989
Beastie Boys

Whut? Thee Album

32
1992
Redman

AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted

33
1990
Ice Cube

Ironman

34
1996
Ghostface Killah

Fear of a Black Planet

35
1990
Public Enemy

Let's Get Free

36
2000
Dead Prez

Mecca and the Soul Brother

37
1992
Pete Rock & CL Smooth

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

38
1990
A Tribe Called Quest

Hard to Earn

39
1994
Gang Starr

Life After Death

40
1997
The Notorious B.I.G.

Power

41
1988
Ice-T

Unfinished Business

42
1989
EPMD

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

43
1998
Lauryn Hill

One for All

44
1990
Brand Nubian

Radio

45
1995
LL Cool J

Stress: The Extinction Agenda

46
1994
Organized Konfusion

Do You Want More?!!!??!

47
1995
The Roots

ATLiens

48
1996
OutKast

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

49
1998
Black Star

Capital Punishment

50
1998
Big Punisher

Genocide & Juice

51
1994
The Coup

2001

52
1999
Dr. Dre

Madvillainy

53
2004
Madvillain

Road to the Riches

54
1989
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo

The Blueprint

55
2001
Jay-Z

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

56
1994
OutKast

De La Soul Is Dead

57
1991
De La Soul

Stankonia

58
2000
OutKast

It Was Written

59
1996
Nas

Stillmatic

60
2001
Nas

Black on Both Sides

61
1999
Mos Def

Liquid Swords

62
1995
GZA/Genius

Ridin' Dirty

63
1996
UGK

By All Means Necessary

64
1988
Boogie Down Productions

Doe or Die

65
1995
AZ

Endtroducing

66
1996
DJ Shadow

All Hail the Queen

67
1989
Queen Latifah

We Can't Be Stopped

68
1991
Geto Boys

Late Registration

69
2005
Kanye West

Goin' Off

70
1988
Biz Markie

The Infamous

71
1995
Mobb Deep

To Pimp a Butterfly

72
2015
Kendrick Lamar

Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

73
1992
Pharcyde

Step in the Arena

74
1991
Gang Starr

Straight Out the Jungle

75
1988
Jungle Brothers

The Slim Shady LP

76
1999
Eminem

It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

77
1998
DMX

The College Dropout

78
2004
Kanye West

Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop

79
1992
Diamond and the Psychotic Neurotics

All Eyez on Me

80
1996
2Pac

The Marshall Mathers LP

81
2000
Eminem

Lyte As a Rock

82
1988
MC Lyte

When Disaster Strikes

83
1997
Busta Rhymes

Illadelph Halflife

84
1996
The Roots

The Fix

85
2002
Scarface

The Carnival

86
1997
Wyclef Jean

Enta Da Stage

87
1993
Black Moon

Fantastic Volume II

88
2000
Slum Village

Train of Thought

89
2000
Reflection Eternal

40 Dayz & 40 Nightz

90
1998
Xzibit

I Wish My Brother George Was Here

91
1991
Del

Things Fall Apart

92
1999
The Roots

400 Degreez

93
1998
Juvenile

Good Kid, m.A.A.d City

94
2012
Kendrick Lamar

The Sun Rises in the East

95
1994
Jeru the Damaja

Internal Affairs

96
1999
Pharoahe Monch

Operation Doomsday

97
1999
MF Doom

Born to Mack

98
1987
Too Short

To Whom It May Concern

99
1991
The Freestyle Fellowship

Run the Jewels

100
2013
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