Friday Oct 20

The 50 Greatest Hip Hop Albums of All Time

1) The Notorious BIG- Ready to Die -(1994) Around the years '87-'88, a young crack dealer named Christopher Wallace began entertaining local passersby by rapping into a beat-up amp on the street corners around Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  Six years later, he was the biggest rapper in the world.  Three years after that, he was dead.   During the short flash that was his career, only one album was to be released, a top-to-bottom classic with the eerily prophetic title 'Ready to Die'.  This album has it all.  Sick beats, brilliant lyrics, crazy flows, and that intoxicating voice of Biggie Smalls.  Key Tracks: Warning, Juicy, Ready to Die.

2)  Nas- Illmatic --(1994) Five months prior to Ready to Die, this 20-year-old Queensbridge native paired with producers Large Professor, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and Q-Tip and burst onto the scene with what would be his masterpiece. Calling the album Illmatic after his incarcerated friend Illmatic Ice, Nas originally wanted the cover to feature himself with Jesus in a headlock. Key Tracks: N.Y. State of Mind, Life's a Bitch, One Love.

3) Dr. Dre- The Chronic --(1992) Fresh off of his split with supergroup NWA, Dre took it solo and ended up creating perhaps the best produced rap album of all time. The Chronic would introduce Parliament-laced G-funk to the mainstream and made Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg stars before they'd ever even released albums of their own. Key Tracks: Nuthin' but a "G" Thang, F*ck wit Dre Day, Let Me Ride.

4)  Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt --(1996) In 1996, Jay-Z blew audiences away with his debut effort and first release on label Roc-A-Fella records.  Sean Carter had been known as "Jazzy", a nickname that developed into his stage name Jay-Z as an homage to his musical mentor Jaz-O and to the J-Z subway lines that stop by Marcy Avenue.  Jaz-O had given Jay-Z his first break by recruiting him on the 1989 song "Hawaiian Sophie."  Two decades later, Jigga is a true hip hop tycoon.  Key Tracks: Dead Presidents, Brooklyn's Finest, Can't Knock the Hustle.

5)  Public Enemy-It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back --(1988) Channeling the black anger and urban tension so in need of an outlet, Nation of Millions was one of the first truly socially conscious hip hop albums. Key Tracks: Bring the Noise, Don't Believe the Hype, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos.

6)  The Wu-Tang Clan- Enter The Wu-Tang Clan - 36 Chambers --(1993)  In 1993, Ghostface Killah and RZA decided to create a hip hop group whose ethos would be a blend of "Eastern philosophy picked up from kung-fu movies, watered-down Nation of Islam preaching picked up on the New York streets, and comic books."  Recruiting the best rappers they could find, RZA set out to produce an album layered with eerie beats, martial-arts movie clips and soul music samples.  To decide who appeared on each song, he forced the Wu-Tang rappers to battle with each other.  The album's title originates from the 1978 martial arts film 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin'.  Key Tracks: C.R.E.A.M, Protect Ya Neck, Bring Da Ruckus.

7) NWA- Straight Outta Compton --(1988) This debut studio album pioneered gangsta rap and scared a whole lotta white people in the process. Instrumental in shifting power to the West Coast, Straight Outta Compton became the first album to reach platinum status without any airplay support or major tours. Key Tracks: Straight Outta Compton, Express Yourself, F*ck The Police.

8)  A Tribe Called Quest- The Low End Theory --(1991) Fusing hip hop and jazz, childhood friends Q-Tip and Phife Dawg and high school mate Ali Shaheed Muhammad created an unique brand of intelligent, socially conscious music.  Low End features contributions from jazz great Ron Carter on upright bass. Key Tracks: Excursions, Jazz (We've Got), Scenario.

9)  Snoop Doggy Dogg- Doggystyle --(1993) Following the success of The Chronic, Doggystyle debuted at number one and sold over 800,000 copies in its first week, the record for a new artist. Key Tracks: Gin and Juice, Who Am I (Whats My Name)?, Lodi Dodi.

10)  Raekwon- Only Built 4 Cuban Linx --(1995) Raekwon brought producer RZA and Ghostface Killah along for his solo debut, an album widely regarded as the pioneer of Mafioso rap, a genre later perfected by Biggie and Jay-Z (It was also the first hip hop album to name drop Cristal). It's title suggests that the music was as tough as Cuban link chain jewelry.  Key Tracks: Criminology, Glaciers of Ice, Rainy Dayz.

11) Outkast- Aquemini --
(1998) Outcast's third studio album took its name from a combination of the duo's astrological signs (Aquarius for Big Boi and Gemini for André 3000). The synthesizer-laden, distinctively Atlanta sounding record took only 2 months to go platinum. Key Tracks: SpottieOttieDopaliscious, Rosa Parks, Return of the "G".

12)  The Fugees-The Score --(1996) The second and final album of super-group Wycelf Jean, Lauren Hill and Pras. 18 million sold. Key Tracks: Killing Me Softy, Fu-Gee-La, Ready or Not.

13)  2Pac- All Eyez On Me --(1996) All Eyez was released after Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records and baddest mofo on planet earth, bailed 2Pac out of jail in exchange for signing to his label.  Arriving in studio to begin work hours after being released, Pac would lay down what would become his crowning achievement.  Key Tracks: 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted, California Love, Ambitionz Az a Ridah.

14)  Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force- Planet Rock: The Album--(1986)  Respectfully known as the "Grandfather" for his monumental impact on the early development of hip hop, Bambaataa recently became one of the first hop hop artists to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Representing Zulu Nation, he released the seminal Planet Rock over two decades ago as a collection of previous singles that had up until then never appeared on an album.  Key Tracks: Planet Rock, Looking For the Perfect Beat, Renegades of Funk. 

15)  Boogie Down Productions
-Criminal Minded --(1987) With Criminal Minded, KRS-One and BDP laid the groundwork for gangsta rap, as it was the first album to feature gun-toting MCs on its cover and crime narratives within its tracks. Their hardcore lyrics would become all too real after DJ Scott La Rock was shot and killed a mere five months after this seminal release.  Key Tracks: The Bridge is Over, Criminal Minded, South Bronx.

16)  Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five-
The Message --(1982) Releasing their debut album on upstart Sugarhill Records, DJ Grandmaster Flash and MCs Melle Mel, Kidd Creole, Cowboy, Mr. Ness/Scorpio, and Rahiem essentially wrote the rule book on turntablism, break-beat deejaying, and rapping.  The title track was the first hip hop song to integrate socially and politically conscious lyrics. Key Tracks: The Message, Scorpio, She's Nasty.

17)  Eric B. & Rakim-Paid In Full ---(1987) After Rakim responded to Eric B.'s search for "New York's top MC," the duo got to work after Rakim's friend and roommate Marley Marl permitted them use of his home studio.  They would end up creating one of the most influential rap albums ever for its use of samples, internal rhyme, complex lyricism, and laid back flow.  Key Tracks: Eric B. Is President, I Know You Got Soul, Paid in Full.

18) Dr. Dre-Chronic 2001
--(2001) Almost a decade after releasing his landmark album The Chronic, Dre took back to the studio to begin work on his long-anticipated follow up.  Dre did not mince words about his motivations: "For the last couple of years, there's been a lot of talk out on the streets about whether or not I can still hold my own, whether or not I'm still good at producing. That was the ultimate motivation for me. Magazines, word of mouth and rap tabloids were saying I didn't have it any more. What more do I need to do? How many platinum records have I made? O.K., here's the album -- now what do you have to say?"  Point made...    Key Tracks: Forgot About Dre, The Next Episode, What's The Difference. 

19)  The Notorious BIG-Life After Death
--(1997)-This double album released posthumously featured guest artists 112, Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, R. Kelly, The LOX, Kelly Price, and Puff Daddy.  Considered a seminal mafioso rap album, it is one of three hip hop albums to ever be certified diamond (10 million US sold). Key Tracks: Notorious Thugs, Hypnotize, Ten Crack Commandments.

20) Run D.M.C.- Run DMC--(1984) Run DMC's debut effort was the first hip-hop album to ever receive a 5-mic rating from The Source. Key Tracks: Rock Box, It's Like That, Sucker M.C.'s

21)  Beastie Boys-
Licensed To Ill ---(1986)-Some fast facts: It is the first rap LP to top the Billboard 200 chart.  It is Columbia Records' fastest selling debut record to date.  Kerry King of Slayer made an appearance on the album playing lead guitar on "No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn".  The '3MTA3' on the cover image of the plane spells 'EATME' when viewed in a mirror.  The original title for the album was Don't Be a Faggot but Columbia Records refused to release the album and pressured Russell Simmons into having the Beastie Boys to come up with another name.  Key Tracks: Fight for Your Right, No Sleep Til Brooklyn, She's Crafty.

22) 2Pac- Me Against The World --(1995) Recorded in a matter of weeks before Pac was to go to prison on sexual assault charges, MATW would make the embattled rapper the first and only artist to ever have a number one album while serving a prison sentence. Key Tracks: Dear Mama, Me Against the World, Outlaw.

23)
Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP --(2000) Em's third studio album was gritty, angry, and brutally honest, lashing out against critics and illustrating the troubles that his new found fame had induced. The album sold more than 1.79 million copies in its first week in the US alone, making it the fastest selling solo album ever. Key Tracks: Stan, The Way I Am, The Real Slim Shady?

24)  Ice Cube-
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted --(1990) Primarily produced by The Bomb Squad, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted made use of several tracks Cube had originally written for NWA before their acrimonious split. Taking on the American justice system, race relations, poverty, and drug addiction in South Central, L.A., Cube produced an instant classic that is as powerful today as it was two decades ago. Key Tracks: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Endangered Species, Who's the Mack?.

25)  Jay-Z- The Blueprint--Despite the bad fortune of being released on September 11, 2001, The Blueprint sold over 426,000 copies in its opening week, becoming Jay-Z's fourth consecutive album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart.  Produced by Kanye West and Just Blaze, it was reportedly cut in two weeks, with Jay-Z allegedly writing the lyrics in two days.  Key Tracks: Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Renegade, Girls, Girls, Girls.

26)  Big L- Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous --(1995) Like Biggie's Ready to Die, Lifestylez was the only studio album to be dropped prior to it's author's murder.  The tremendously underrated LP introduced up-and-comers Jay-Z and Cam'ron.  Key Tracks: Put It On, M.V.P., Street Struck.

27)  Mobb Deep- The Infamous...--(1995) This rap duo is the third act on this list to hail from Queensbridge. Key Tracks: Shook Ones Pt. II, Temperature's Rising, Survival of the Fittest.

28)  LL Cool J-
Radio --(1985) This first full length album release on Def Jam Records was primarily produced by co-founder Rick Rubin.  Key Tracks: I Can't Live Without My Radio, Rock the Bells, I Need a Beat.

29)  Outkast- ATLiens
--(1996) "It's deep. So deep that listening to 'ATLiens' you might feel like drowning, but the smooth vocals of Big Boi and the earthy flows of Andre always push you back up to the surface. They are players in the truest sense of the word; not just playing for ends but playing to win in the ultimate battle of life over death, good over bad, and righteousness over evil." --Steve Juon, RapReviews. Key Tracks: ATLiens, Wheelz of Steel, Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac).

30) Run DMC- Raising Hell --(1986) One of the most important rap albums ever for its success in taking the infant the genre mainstream, Raising Hell silenced critics who had deemed hip hop a passing fad.  It made its biggest mark with Walk This Way, a collaboration with Aerosmith that became the first hip hop video in heavy rotation on MTV.  Key Tracks: Its Tricky, Walk This Way, My Adidas.

31)  Bone Thugs N Harmony- E. Eternal 1999 --(1995) Released four months after executive producer Eazy-E's death, Eternal spawned the landmark single "Tha Crossroads", which won a Grammy, went double-platinum, and tied The Beatles' 32-year-old record (1964's "Can't Buy Me Love") for the fastest rising single on the pop charts. Key Tracks: The Crossroads, 1st of tha Month, East 1999.

32) Black Star- Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star- (1998) The sole album from this power duo, the hyper-intelligent Black Star moniker is a nod to the Black Star Line, an early 20th-century African-American shipping line incorporated by Marcus Garvey. Key Tracks: Definition, Brown Skin Lady, Respiration.

33)  Nas- Stillmatic --(2001) Nas harkened back to his Illmatic days with his fifth release, 2001's Stillmatic, which instantly earned the ever sought 5 mic rating from The Source.  Highlighting the achievement was Nas' bitter rebuke of Jay-Z with the "Ether", a scathing counterattack that portrayed his rival as both a plagiarist and sell-out.  Key Tracks: Got Ur Self A..., One Mic, Ether.

34)  GZA- Liquid Swords --(1995) GZA's second solo album is up alongside Cuban Linx as the best of the Wu-Tang solo efforts. Key Tracks: Duel of the Iron Mic, Liquid Swords, Shadowboxin'.

35)  Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill --(1998) After breaking out with The Fugees, Hill released her solo debut in 1998, a fusion of hip hop, soul, reggae, R&B, and gospel.  The album garnered ten nominations at the 41st Grammy Awards, winning five, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.  Key Tracks: Doo Wop (That Thing), To Zion, Everything Is Everything.

36) Mos Def- Black On Both Sides --(1999) Mos Def's debut solo album post-Blackstar featured live instrumentation and socially-conscious lyrics. Key Tracks: Ms. Fat Booty, Brooklyn, Mathematics.

37)  Wu-Tang Clan- Wu-Tang Forever --(1997) The long-awaited follow-up to 36 Chambers, Forever showcased their trademark stream-of-consciousness style of rap.  Key Tracks: Triumph, Visionz, As High As Wu-Tang Get.

38)  Jay-Z- The Black Album --(2003) J's 8th studio album was promoted as his last, though he would obviously renege on that pronouncement not long after.  This epic has been mixed with everything from the Beatles and Grateful Dead to Linkin Park and Prince.  Key Tracks: What More Can I Say, Dirt off Your Shoulder, 99 Problems.

39)  Cypress Hill- Black Sunday --(1993) This stoner opus marked the first time a Latino group would go platinum.  They would later be banned from Saturday Night Live after Muggs smoked a joint on-air and the band trashed their instruments while playing their second single "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That".  Key Tracks: Insane In The Brain, Hits From The Bong, I Ain't Goin' Out Like That.

40)  Gang Starr- Moment of Truth
--(1998) The fifth studio album from DJ Premier and the late great Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal), Moment of Truth was the high water mark within a brilliant, nearly two decade-long career.  Key Tracks: You Know My Steez, Brooklyn Trooper, Moment of Truth.

41)  De La Soul- 3 Feet High and Rising--(1989) Produced by Prince Paul, the album takes its title from a Johnny Cash song called "Five Feet High and Rising". Key Tracks: Me Myself and I, Buddy, Eye Know.

42)  Eminem- The Slim Shady LP --(1999)-For a kid in 6th grade, I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Eminem introduce himself to the world.  This was something unlike anybody I'd ever heard; raw, revealing, humorous, and at the same time brutally violent.  The album erupted a firestorm of opposition, as parental groups balked at lyrics that discussed everything from drugging a fifteen-year-old girl to disposing of Em's dead wife's corpse.  Key Tracks: Guilty Conscience, My Name Is, '97 Bonnie & Clyde.

43) Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique --(1989) Incorporating production by the Dust Brothers, the album makes use of samples from 105 different songs.  The sampling was uncleared, which was one of the last albums to do so before the landmark Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc. case against Biz Markie that forced artists to obtain the rights to any song from which they sampled.  Key Tracks: Hey Ladies, Shake Your Rump, The Sounds of Science.

44) Big Pun-Capital Punishment--(1998) As The Source put it, "Capital Punishment is all about execution."  To be sure, Pun positively killed it in this debut effort, his spitfire rhyming skills asserting him as one of the most promising figures in hip hop before a heart attack killed him just two short years later. Key Tracks: Still Not a Player, Twinz (Deep Cover 98), You Came Up.

45)  EPMD- Strictly Business --(1988) This landmark effort from Eric Sermon and Parish Smith unearthed samples from within a genre to which few other rappers of the era were paying much attention.  Contained within its tracks are cuts from ZZ Top, Steve Miller Band, and Eric Clapton.   Key Tracks: It's My Thing, Strictly Business, You Gots to Chill.

46)  The Roots-
Things Fall Apart --(1999) The Roots' fourth studio offering turned out to be their commercial breakthrough.  During recording, the group laid down an astonishing 145 songs, which they later whittled down to the 14 that appear on the album.  Key Tracks: Adrenaline!, The Next Movement, Act Too (The Love of My Life).

47) Wyclef Jean- The Carnival --(1997) Wyclef kicked off his solo debut with an electric record that combined hip hop, reggae, folk, disco, soul, Son Cubano and Haitian music.  As a tribute to his homeland, the final three songs are sung in Haitian Creole.  Key Tracks: Gone Till November, We Trying to Stay Alive, Guantanamera

48)  Jurassic 5- Quality Control-- (2000) The major label debut of Chali 2na and company played a central role in the development of the alternative rap scene that was burgeoning around the turn of the century. Key Tracks: Quality Control, The Influence, World of Entertainment (W.O.E. is Me)

49)
Puff Daddy & the Family- No Way Out --(1997) Originally titled 'Hell Up In Harlem' until the The Notorious B.I.G.'s death, the album topped the album charts in the US with 561,000 units sold in its first week of release. It would go on to win the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Key Tracks: Victory, Been Around the World, It's All about the Benjamins.

50)  Busta Rhymes- When Disaster Strikes... --(1997) Busta's second solo effort reached #3 on the Billboard 200.  Key Tracks: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See, Dangerous, Turn It Up.


Honorable Mentions:

Pete Rock and CL Smooth- Mecca and the Soul Brother, Method Man-Tical, Outcast-Stankonia, Nas-I Am..., LL Cool J-Mama Said Knock You Out, Beastie Boys-Check Your Head, Notorious BIG-Born Again, Run DMC-King Of Rock, Ice T-O.G. Original Gangster, Missy Eliot-Supa Dupa Fly, A Tribe Called Quest-Midnight Marauders, Salt N Pepa- Blacks Magic, Kurtis Blow-Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane-Its a Big Daddy Thing, Eric B. & Rakim-Follow the Leader, Gang Starr-Daily Operation, Common-Like Water for Chocolate, KRS One-KRS One, Kanye West-The College Dropout, 50 Cent-Get Rich or Die Tryin', Eminem- The Eminem Show, Nas-It Was Written, Public Enemy-Fear of A Black Planet, DMX- Its Dark and Hell is Hot.

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-92 # 2010-01-26 15:06
WTF.....no Joe Budden.....this list is automatically void
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+43 # 2011-08-11 19:42
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WTF.....no Joe Budden.....this list is automatically void


LOL Joe Budden, are you fucking kidding me hahahahahahaha
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+31 # 2011-08-15 23:39
you automatically need to be voided for even thinking repeating joe budden should be anywhere near this list.
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-37 # 2011-10-08 17:33
carter III???
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+18 # WOW 2012-08-13 06:42
cater 3? that album should be in "one of the worst-" list... did you get lost?
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-5 # Xtrateranean 2012-12-16 15:07
You're insane and crazy, fool and silly. I respect you love waine but seriously what the hell were thinking? Jokes no more, this is an adult discussion. This what I call procrastination . 2B fond of silly things.
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+5 # t.drye 2013-10-07 13:47
Learn some fucking grammar!
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+3 # Dega 2012-12-26 13:00
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WTF.....no Joe Budden.....this list is automatically void



HAHAHH Joe Buttons, come on nicca....
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+4 # jaguirre595 2013-03-11 19:22
Are u serious no Kanye is what everbody should be saying..My beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and College Drop out should be on this list...Blueprint at #25? What?? #VOID #GARBAGE LOL
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+3 # Pants 2015-12-15 00:05
You sir are absolutely correct kanye west is the only person i think should be on here that isnt
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0 # Dayonez 2017-08-31 18:44
Get rich or die trying?? wow
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-1 # 2010-01-26 16:22
Planet Rock may need to be at the top. I mean, that is what started "Hip-Hop"
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-7 # 2010-01-27 12:00
no zulu????
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-39 # 2010-02-07 14:30
Solid list but, in my opinion, many of the important &/or greatest records released are not included: They are:
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Das EFX - Dead Serious & Straight Up Sewaside
KRS-One - Return of the Boom Bap
Ice Cube - Death Certificate & The Predator
Onyx - Bacdafucup
Redman - Whut? Thee Album
Tone Loc - Loc'ed After Dark
Young MC - Stone Cold Rhymin'

I don't agree with 1, 2, 3 & 4 being infront of 5, 6 & 7.
I also believe that... Bone Thugs N Harmony's East 1999 Eternal, OutKast's Aquemini, , Eminem's Slim Shady EP, Wyclef Jean's the Carnival, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Jay-Z's The Black Album & The Blueprint, Beastie Boys's Paul's Boutique are not worthy of a top 50 album list
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0 # daddyphatsacs614 2013-03-03 17:42
hahahahaha Young MC and Tone Loc!!! That is too fuckin funny!! And then to say Aquemini or Jay-Z's The Blueprint shouldn't even be on the list!!??? Wow? Somebody's been toking up with DMX! Aquemini is a top 10 album, at worst top 20 and The Blueprint is in the right spot.
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-1 # John Evans 2014-11-28 17:56
You're saying that Only Built For Cuban Linx, Aquemini, The Blueprint, and SSLP aren't worthy but Loc'ed After Dark and Stone Cold Rhymin are? You must be on crack!! Tone Loc and Young MC shouldn't even be Top 100 let alone Top 50.
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+4 # 2010-06-12 15:44
One again, your article is very nice
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-4 # 2011-01-25 05:54
Me against the world 1
36 chambers 2
atliens 3

My opinion on this list many missing though
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-45 # 2011-01-25 22:20
wheres the recovery
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+3 # 2011-04-03 19:59
that album is bad...
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+17 # 2011-08-13 12:53
like the eminem recovery album? hell naw nigga hahaha. u must be like 14 or something
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-48 # 2011-01-25 22:20
where is the recovery by eminem
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+13 # 2011-01-30 04:26
seriously?....no seriously?.....horrendous.....terrible. wtf is wrong with you?...no seriously?
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+22 # 2011-01-30 23:08
recovery isnt better then any of these albums thats why its not on the list.
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+10 # 2011-02-03 19:43
Recovery was "ok" at best compared to what eminem has done in the past. it wasn't GOOD HIP HOP. for gods sake lil wayne was in it
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+5 # 2011-04-24 17:36
Not to mention Rhinna. EWWIE
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+12 # 2011-09-22 01:59
Id like to say that you are all not worthy hip hop fans if u criticize this list. Hip Hop isnt about wat the fuck it used to be. stop being fucking nostalgic and get with today. sure i grew up on all these albums but you cant go through life holding onto a certain decade or you'll end up just like the cliche parents saying back in my day. hip hop is all about the struggles of life and the stories of that certain artist. These were struggles back then and artists now have a different story to tell. Eminems recovery was great just like his others because its meant for his true fans! its his apology and explantion album to what the fuck happened to him for five years and with lil wayne and rihanna so the fuck what hes trying to stay relevant unlike the rappers on this list. get off his dick. wayne is a good artist in his own way. this list is perfect. stop fucking complaining and bringing others down. Hip hop only lives as far as people take it. and with fans like these it wont last long
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0 # D trick 2011-11-30 02:15
I agree with that.however hip hop artists in the 90s for the most part actually had a struggle to rap about. Most rappers today are posers and rap about tbings they havent lived. ie Rick ross, lil wayne, wiz khalifa etc. its all just noise. Nobody has any meaningful lyrics. As far as recovery goes... Eminem is one of the best rappers in the game. His word play and lyrical content is on another level. You cant say that recovery lacks content. I will say that with recovery, eminem became part of the hype. Everyone was listening to him but that diesnt put him in the same category of other popular music today. Recovery should definitely be on this list
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-4 # Rt 2012-07-10 18:03
Today's hip-hop is better than ever if you dig past the mainstream, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, schoolboy q, asap rocky, mgk, jay rock , tech n9ne. Dig past the surface and you'll find some unique, amazing, and beautiful music in today's culture
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+4 # Anthony 2013-10-04 14:37
Anybody who says todays artists have no meaningful lyrics... Go listen to J. Cole's Born Sinner Album... PLEASE
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+1 # Lucky 2012-10-30 10:27
I understand what you are saying, but the fact of the matter (in my opinion) is that as a whole it was a whole lot better back then. Lyrically what most of the artists had to say was a lot more relatable than now. Unless you are rich and live that lifestyle of course. If you take the greatest albums of the 2000's against pre 2000's, I'm sorry but the argument will be done. Scarface Diary or The Fix, De La Soul is Dead, TheGreat Adventures of Slick Rick, 19 naughty 3, Ressurection to name but a few
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0 # 2011-01-26 01:14
where the fuck is "it was written"?
these people are fuckin retarted
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+7 # 2011-01-26 21:56
Not Nas' best work (though certainly his most mainstream). Still, its right there in honorable mentions.
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+1 # Reeps 2016-05-10 04:30
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where the fuck is "it was written"?
these people are fuckin retarted


"retarted"

*Irony Alert*
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+29 # 2011-01-27 01:11
Eminem Show should be here. and where is the game's documentary
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-19 # 2011-01-30 04:30
what the hell people? ok, eminems first major label album is aight, even though he bites a ton of cage rhymes...but c'mon...the eminiem show? there's like maybe one tolerable song on there same with the marshall mathers lp...except maybe like 2-3 good tracks...and as for the game......maybe like 2 good verses ever spit
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+18 # 2011-04-17 07:38
your an idiot eminem show and mmlp are both incredible albums..what an idiot
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+3 # 2011-08-10 11:00
You're all fucking idiots. Eminem's Infinite is the best cd he's put out. Maybe none of you listen to it, but he is a maniac on that record. Learn your shit.
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+10 # 2011-08-14 23:27
i do agree that infinite was great, lyrically... the beats were pretty trash. and certainly not his best ever. slim shady lp and marshall mathers lp were much superior to infinte. however, i also dont believe eminem show should be on here even though i think its amazing. mm is just much better and by far more raw..

btw, i love how ready to die is #1
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+7 # 2011-09-21 11:54
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what the hell people? ok, eminems first major label album is aight, even though he bites a ton of cage rhymes...but c'mon...the eminiem show? there's like maybe one tolerable song on there same with the marshall mathers lp...except maybe like 2-3 good tracks...and as for the game......maybe like 2 good verses ever spit

what? are you fucking stupid or something??
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+1 # gio 2012-11-30 05:25
really than why has it gone diamond?
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0 # Jefe 2017-07-21 15:52
Quoting gio:
really than why has it gone diamond?

Because of suburbanite white boys that thought they were hard for rocking an Eminem album. That is how most Hip Hop albums have gone platinum since about 2000.
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-1 # Keep it trill 2012-12-24 03:26
I'm sorry but you must being listening to so called Hip Hop artist like "Pit Bull" The game first album put west coast gangster rap back on the map. And Eminem has to be one of the best artist to ever come out. Stop listening to beats and listen to lyrics!!!
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+14 # 2011-01-27 08:28
This is a good list - thank you
What about Gang Starr - Step into the arena?
Agree with LL Cool J however, I would have chosen Mama said knock you out.
Also I think Big Daddy Kane should appear on the list somewhere.
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+7 # 2011-02-20 01:42
I second your Big Daddy Kane nomination.
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+26 # 2011-01-27 11:09
holy crap.

no mention of madlib? madvillian? mf doom? aesop rock? doseone? del??? whats going on here?
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+2 # 2011-01-30 04:27
THANK YOU!
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-5 # 2011-01-30 23:09
all somewhat underground. all somewhat not as good as these rappers
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+1 # 2011-08-10 10:58
Yeah dude, 50 kills DOOM anyday. "Go shawty, It's your birthday" is way more deep and intelectual than "good to the last drop niglets, hood til the last pop them bigot ass piglets"
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-8 # 2011-04-28 22:45
MF doom sucks, you have to filter through so much garbage thats why none of his albums are on the list. On a side note never pay to see him live because most likely its someone else lipsyncing in his mask. MF is a fag
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+2 # 2011-08-06 02:16
what about del mann
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+2 # 2011-08-07 04:03
i agree. del is prime. i don't really listen to a lot of this so i can't say if he should be on the list.. but del the funkee homosapien is pretty much my life. i mean deltron 3030? choice.
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0 # Troy 2013-10-02 16:01
that is a stupid statement. Although yes there are some stupid songs, every normal rap song has some of the most well thought out verses I've ever heard
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+1 # 2011-09-05 22:13
nah dude, i am a huge supporter of underground but still you have to be at least reasonably known to make a list like this. and looking at the list it's mostly older stuff. i think illmatic should have been number one, and shout out to j5 for getting some recognition
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+1 # 2011-09-17 14:21
Seriously!!! If madvillainy, operation doomsday, or MM... Food is not in this list, this list is erroneous. I am sorry but there is no fucking way doom wasnt even an honorable mention
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+3 # 2011-09-20 21:25
Aesop Rock please
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+2 # 2011-09-21 11:50
^THIS! Sage Francis and Atmosphere also should've gotten some recognition.
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0 # JakeI 2011-12-17 20:12
Agreed!! Madvillainy, Operation Doomsday, and Labor Days all need to be on here.
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+1 # Keep it trill 2012-12-24 03:32
They prolly never heard underground "Doom" Planet Asia A.KA. Del!!!!
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+3 # 2011-01-28 15:15
Nice list. I won't say there's any on here that shouldn't be. But what about more mention of Method Man?! Blackout! was also a classic album. It's one of those I can listen to every track.

I also agree that there should be more about J5.
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+6 # 2011-01-30 11:46
Atmosphere - Overcast
Eyedea and Abilities - First Born
Brother Ali - Shadows On The Sun

Where do you think I'm from?
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+7 # 2011-01-30 18:34
I would like to see "The Fix" by Scarface somewhere on this list.
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0 # 2011-04-28 22:46
AMEN
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-24 # 2011-01-31 13:19
Take out all the emm records and add some redman and it will be perfect.
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+5 # 2011-01-31 21:51
Awesome list. Many people forget to give OutKast, Reakwon, and Snoop their props.

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+5 # 2011-02-01 11:48
Wtf happened to Pete Rock n CL Smooth?
Reflection Eternal, Poor Righteous Teachers, Bush Babies, Biz Markie, Cormega and and and...
I say poorly chosen list.
Greetings from earth to wherever you live.
Sincerely yours

The dude
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+1 # 2011-04-02 18:04
all those need to be on there and probably Dilla donunts
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+2 # 2011-04-12 11:07
biz markie might be retarded
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+5 # 2011-02-01 15:38
At least you recognized some good ones on there. OB4CL, Ready to Die and Illmatic definitely deserved top 10 recognition. Big L, Mobb Deep and Mos Def need to be way way higher. Either the Marshall Mathers LP or the Slim Shady LP need to be on the list, not both. T
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-1 # 2011-02-01 22:25
Agree 100%
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+6 # 2011-02-02 23:11
Kinda an Eastcoast bias on this list...outside from Outkast no Southern rappers?? .....All Eyez on Me isn't in the top 10?? Okay list I agree most of the albums should be ON the list but not necessarily in that order....
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+4 # 2011-02-03 21:30
this list kinda blows. HEAVILY east coast biased. Gotta get some Hiero in there, People Under the Stairs, Living Legends come on man I'm not even from the West Coast and I know you're missing out on a lot of shit.
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+2 # 2011-04-02 18:23
i noticed that before your comment...why so much east coast? where's the south?
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-4 # 2011-08-14 23:31
ummm the south? the east coast? im sorry but the south can also be on the east coast... noticed that? dumass
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+2 # 2011-09-21 11:51
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i noticed that before your comment...why so much east coast? where's the south?

WEST SIDEEE!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!
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0 # 2011-04-05 00:29
Can't agree with you on the Puts or living legends... I'm surprised you would put them on a list like this, don't get me wrong, I love them.. but they don't fit. Hiero should prob be on somewhere.. not top and maybe j5 as well.
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+7 # 2011-02-04 13:50
i agreed with the selections, but not with the order. 36 chambers should be way higher up on the list.
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+1 # 2011-02-04 23:52
There's a lot you missed. Dj Quik, Too Short, ghetto boys.... etc...
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+1 # Keep it trill 2012-12-24 04:00
This was a good list not a great List, I really think the 90's Hip Hop was the best all around. Then again I grew up during that time, I still listen to Hip Hop what I hear now is mostly poser garbage with the exception of a few but for the most part they all sound the same. Here is a short list of GREAT albums in no particular order. The Chronic, Doggy Style, Illmatic, Marshal M LP, Safe and Sound, Doe or Die, Life is short, Slum village V.2, The Documentary, Ready to Die, likwidation, Anything Tupac all eyes on me and Don-Klum, Cypress Hill self titled, Black star, I could go on there are to many.
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+2 # 2011-02-06 00:51
Missin that Hiero! and what about Clipse? Mos Def should be way higher on the list, and I think True Magic and Black On Both Sides are up there in the top 20. BUT, I'll rep the Wu til I die. Good choice on that. Raekwon and GZA deserve lots of credit
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-9 # 2011-02-07 23:12
what about jadakiss-kiss of death????
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-34 # 2011-02-10 03:04
tha carter II needs in there no doubt
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+31 # 2011-02-10 17:12
keep in mind this is a list of hip hop albums
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+6 # 2011-04-05 00:31
^fuckin' awesome.
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+4 # Keep it trill 2012-12-24 04:03
Best comment yet!!!! Carter ll is horrible
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+5 # DTrick 2011-11-30 02:26
Lil wayne is a skateboarding poser. The carter 3 was the closest thing to good he ever had. He is overrated and raps about shit he hasnt even lived. He is not a gangster. The only time he has ever been shot was by himself. Youtube his tim westwood freestyle and then come back and tell me that he has any talent whatsoever
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-3 # DaBoss 2012-10-24 12:29
The carter 2 goes hard regaurdless of how shitty wayne has gotten
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-1 # 2011-02-10 16:19
no ghetto pop life??? DM AND JEMINIIIIIIIIII I
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+9 # 2011-02-10 17:15
KOOL G RAP? the father of modern hip hop
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+14 # 2011-02-11 23:08
complete lack of KRS-One?!! Wu-tang, NWA, Public Enemy, Dre, Eminem, Biggie, and Pac should all be moved up.
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-3 # 2011-02-12 19:27
eminem should be in the top 5
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+1 # 2011-02-17 08:38
I love the list !! i would like to see those who have a problem make their own
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+15 # 2011-04-02 02:59
No madvillain? I call bullshit
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+7 # 2011-04-02 18:19
completely agreed...no madlib, mf doom, j dilla, peanut butter wolf...and where is the deep south representation? ugk???
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+5 # 2011-04-03 20:00
mm food-MF doom
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+8 # 2011-04-04 16:38
SLICK RICK DAMMIT!
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+3 # 2011-04-05 00:43
Art of story telling, no doubt. Can't believe I didn't even think of the man when reading over this list and coming up with who was left out. Top 50 is probably just too small of a list to give everyone credit.
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-17 # 2011-04-04 19:44
wheres lil bow wow and soldier boy!!?!?!
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+5 # 2011-04-05 00:43
That a joke?
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0 # 2011-09-05 00:06
soldier boy was a one, MAYBE two hit wonder .
This is a list of the best ALBUMS. That consists of more than one good song fyi
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-19 # 2011-04-04 21:14
WTF why isn't Curtain Call by eminem on here. it was his best album of all time.
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-2 # 2011-08-10 10:53
Infinite was the best. You have no idea what you're talking about.
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+4 # 2011-09-08 13:50
that's a fat joke infinite is when eminem was trying to find out his style. he was still heavily influenced by nas and AZ.

and curtain calls is a compilation album you idiot
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0 # daddyphatsacs614 2013-03-03 17:34
Curtain call doesn't count!! It's a greatest hits album! His best was the Slim Shady LP, then Marshall LP, then Eminem show. Although I like Cypress Hill and their influence on hip-hop was relevant, Black Sunday wasn't better than their first cd and shouldn't really even be on the top 50. I would replace it with Redman's Whut! Thee Album or Muddy Waters
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+6 # 2011-04-05 17:37
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory should be on this list..
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0 # daddyphatsacs614 2013-03-03 17:36
Exxxxxxactly what he said!! Many, many, many smart hip hop heads have Makaveli in the Top 10 of all time and it can't even make your Top 50?? Something's wrong there
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0 # 2011-04-06 16:38
Probably due to when i grew up, my list would look very different than yours. It Takes a Nation of Millions would be my far and away #1. I'm a bit shocked as to Raising Hell's low ranking. It was a huge album for rap.

Overall though I like your list.
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0 # 2011-04-17 16:42
"ALL THESE R GREAT EVEN THE HONORABLE MENTIONS & ALL BRING BACK MEMORABLE MEMORIES 4 ME & MY HIP-HOP DAYS!!!"
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-10 # 2011-04-19 02:27
They got rap mixed with hip hop on here oh boy..
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+5 # 2011-08-10 10:53
You're such an idiot. Kill yourself.
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+11 # 2011-04-29 02:15
Need some Hieroglyphics for sure and definitely the PHARCYDE! WTF Why no Pharcyde?
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+1 # 2011-05-14 23:01

This is a great list...
I agree with all of them!
On point!
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+2 # 2011-08-06 14:16
even Wyclef Jean?? really
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0 # 2011-07-18 19:13
J Dilla's Donuts
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-1 # 2011-07-18 19:16
snow's 12 inches of snow must get some recognition ?
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-3 # 2011-08-06 02:19
Earl is my favorite rapper.
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+5 # 2011-08-10 10:50
God you're original.
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0 # Dom 2012-07-09 23:00
Kill yo self for even bringing up his name in this conversation of LEGENDS
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-1 # 2011-08-06 14:17
how is wyclef on this list? brutal bud
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-5 # 2011-08-06 15:34
This list is wack. Biggie, #1? psh whatever.
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+1 # 2011-09-01 00:49
youre the dumbest person ever, go listen to your lil jon or whatever...... idiot.
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-14 # 2011-08-08 10:00
the carter 3? 1.5 million sales in first week and its not on here?
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+16 # 2011-08-08 10:25
You know who else sold a million+ in their first week? N'Sync, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift. Album sales don't make a good artist and neither does Lil Wayne...
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+3 # 2011-08-17 07:23
Quoting braun2234:
the carter 3? 1.5 million sales in first week and its not on here?


just because it sold 1.5 mill doesnt mean its good or that its real Hip Hop it just means 1.5 million people including yourself are as stupid as a fucking dried up piece of shit on the concrete for buying such a shit album from a shit artist who has nothing to do with real Hip Hop and has everything to do with everything Hip Hop is against
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-10 # 2011-08-09 15:36
Where is The Left - Gas Mask ????
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+10 # 2011-08-10 10:52
Nobody has heard of that. And I know it may be extremely hard to believe, but popularity does have something to do with the list. Even if that's an amazing song. Don't think you're some hip ass rap guru and just name super small name MC's. Respect the classics
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-7 # 2011-08-10 10:51
no tech n9ne? all these lists fuck up
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+1 # 2011-08-13 19:32
organized konfusion?
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-1 # 2011-08-14 16:16
You do it by the decade? You some of these cant be compared.
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-8 # 2011-08-14 23:36
OFWGKTA! bastard should be up there... or at least Earl.

Us Wolf Gang Niggas Keep You Up Barkin And Shit.
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-4 # 2011-08-15 04:19
Where is rappers delight?
And no lupe??
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+3 # 2011-08-16 11:00
UGK Ridin Dirty #2 Behind Biggie. Puff Daddy making it anywhere on this list makes it complete BS
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+2 # 2011-08-16 20:08
i dont see no living legends on this
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-4 # 2011-09-05 01:10
moment of truth - gangstarr should be higher on the list and the carter III is a dope record i dont care what anyone says
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-1 # 2011-09-05 21:08
Where is the carter even people who hate wayne love the carter. It was very rare around that time to listen to a complete CD
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-13 # 2011-09-07 00:55
eminem doesn't belong, nor will ever belong.
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-2 # 2011-09-07 12:25
The fact that you mentioned The Black Album and not The Blueprint both by Jay-z... PLEASE...
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+2 # Ben Pogany 2011-09-22 10:53
Actually the Blueprint is right there at 25 buddy
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+3 # 2011-09-08 23:09
liquid swords should be waaaaaaay higher on the list.
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-8 # 2011-09-10 12:14
Encore could have easily made this list
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0 # 2011-09-11 22:50
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
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+1 # 2011-09-14 01:36
WTF PAC only 13 and 22 this is some biggie biased list!! PAC should have made atleast top 5
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+8 # Ben Pogany 2011-09-22 10:45
You gotta remember this list is purely based on the merits of the actual albums, not the overall career of the artists. Personally, we're talking about 1 and 1A with Big and Pac, but Pac's work is spread out over a number of quality albums while Biggie's is concentrated within only 2. Despite the countless classic tracks that 2Pac put out, he never truly had that one defining album that everyone can point to as being the album that fully encapsulates the legend that was. (This is not to take anything away from All Eyez or Me Against The World; they are still amazing amazing records)
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-14 # 2011-09-15 18:47
no lil wayne? hhahaah gtfo
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-1 # 2011-09-15 19:01
Some very interesting artists chosen...there were many left off the list we think could have made it...
one example is here http://konquestnow.com/?con_music_reviews=this-is-acg-acg
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+2 # 2011-09-17 07:59
Dr.Octagon
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+8 # 2011-09-18 22:33
What about Kanye west, college dropout!
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0 # 2011-09-19 00:08
I want Dilla! Beats are just as important as flow in hip hop. Donuts and Champion Sound are classics.
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-5 # 2011-09-20 17:07
You em haters must all be fucked up in the head in one way or another, eminem IS the greatest hiphop artist of all time his lyrical game &word play shit on anybody on or off that list, just b/c some of these artist helped start the game or elevate the game doesn't mean they are more talented inft, ss, mm, emshw,bme11 all clasics, all game changers. recovery was great as well..why? Bc its real, intense, thoughtout, well produced, lyrically sound, relatable, humorus, emotional, and displays imense deep talent as does every other one of his albums (as for those who thinlk recovery was too mainstrem or childish or fake or whatever made you not like it you have no comprehension of talent) and for those who believe his other albums aren't good then as I said before you MUST be fucked up in the head in one way or another
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0 # Andy 2013-09-10 01:52
Jesus man, hop off his dick. I swear I dislike Em more and more everyday because so many fools like you legitimately think he's the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. If by "greatest" you mean "most overrated", then yes, that's very possible.
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-2 # 2011-09-21 03:04
WACK!!! Stupid Wack!!! Bullshiitt
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-4 # 2011-09-21 11:47
LIL B!!! young based god all the young bluuuuuhd! based god makes all these others look like little bitches..... SWAG!!
if these rappers got on the track with bieber id cry tears of joy ;-)
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-2 # 2011-09-21 20:17
This list is alright... I do agree that it is slightly biased towards biggie due to the fact that he is so much higher than PAC on the list. Pac deserves to be in the top 3. This list is lacking Lupe's Food and Liquor AND The Cool. Both classics, regardless of popularity. Kool G Rap is absent, which is absurd. And for all you people mentioning Wanye; when people are having an actual conversation about real hip hop, stay the fuck out of the conversation because your opinions don't belong. STFU. Also, Eminem's good, but you can't call him the greatest. ^^^ This list gets a 'C'
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+5 # 2011-09-22 17:54
Decent list, but you forgot about these classics...The Pharcyde 'Bizzarre Ride II the Pharcyde', Souls of Mischief '93 Til Infinity'. Outkast 'Southernplayali sticadillacmuzi k' & Immortal Technique 'Revolutionary Vol 1' All really good records imo
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+1 # 2011-09-26 19:17
dope list top to bottom
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+3 # 2011-10-05 20:23
I mean, it's a pretty decent list. I like the fact that whane's not on there. If you think he should be, you're wrong. That's not an opinion... you're just wrong. Em's good, there's no denying that, but he's not the best, he doesn't have the flow variety that the best have, he always just sounds like a machine gun. Licensed to Ill over Paul's Boutique, interesting choice. I really do think Ye should be on there, though, as well as Lupe. Those two are just about the best at capturing emotion in their music.
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-2 # 2011-10-24 19:34
common, 50 had one of the hottest albums of all time in 2003. deserves more than an honorable mention
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-3 # 2011-11-05 23:34
Wheres soldier boy?!?!
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+6 # DTrick 2011-11-30 02:33
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Wheres soldier boy?!?!

If one more person suggests lil wayne or soulja boy im gonna shit myself. Pac and biggie are turning in their graves.
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+1 # ol skool 2011-12-24 22:58
no eric b. or rakim?com rakim's one of the best lyricist in the game
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+1 # Pogany 2011-12-25 10:05
I agree. Paid in Full is right there at 17.
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0 # john smith 2012-04-25 12:49
first of all infamous should be in the top 5 and the slim shady lp is 10 times better than marshall mathers. recovery blows and illmatic should be #1
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+1 # run love 2012-04-25 23:47
I usally hate list, but I'm not mad at this one. The only album I'm surprised not to see "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick"
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0 # Beezey 2012-05-16 02:03
For the best Hip Hop and R&B online playlists go now to www.thefivestarlist.com
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0 # dombomb97 2012-05-28 02:42
Pretty good list, although I think the Roots and Jurassic 5 deserve to be a lot higher
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0 # Aaron 2012-05-28 18:13
One question... where is Supreme Clientele? Not even an honorable mention? That's insane. Not to mention MF Doom being ignored, expecially for his album Vaudeville Villian or his colab album with Madlib, Madvilliany. I know there's a lot of music out there to choose from, but there is no way a Puff Daddy album should be in the top 50 over those albums. All in all though, this is a solid list.
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0 # Nova 2012-05-29 11:43
Wheres Nova??

http://novasaves.bandcamp.com/
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0 # !!! 2012-07-05 17:45
I need Pete Rock (i know most would disagree but the main ingredient) Slum Vil (either fantastic 1 or 2) and company flow or cannibal ox for this to be acceptable
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-2 # !!! 2012-07-05 17:54
Actually heres a top ten
Nas-Illmatic
Pete Rock and Cl-the main ingredient
BIG-Ready to Die
Slum Village-fantastic
Kev Brown-I do what I do
Quasimoto-The unseen
Company Flow-Funcrusher Plus
Binary Star-Masters of the universe
Jaylib-Champion Sound
Doom-Vaudeville Villian
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+2 # Boots 2012-07-31 11:31
After Slum Village, you lost me.
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0 # Boots 2012-07-31 11:30
I like this list...it would be very close to a Top 50 list that I would put together. Only thing I see thats is different is that I think Ice Cube's best album was 'AmeriKKKas Most Wanted'
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0 # Boots 2012-07-31 11:34
Im trippin. What I meant to say is that NWAs best album is Niggaz 4 Life. I see you got AmeriKKas Most Wanted on the list.
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0 # WOW 2012-08-13 06:42
Where the fuck is AZ Doe or Die ?????!?!?!??!!??!?!?!?!?!?!!?
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+4 # Joey 2012-08-16 11:27
Anyone else think The Revolutionary Vol. 2 by Immortal Technique should be on here somewhere? I'm not saying at the top, but definitely somewhere.
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0 # savkem7 2012-08-19 05:10
WTF!!! No DMX!!! No Onyx!!!
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+1 # Don Nelz 2012-09-18 11:55
Pac is the all time best, no way biggie could top this. Me Against the World should be top
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0 # marc 2012-11-21 07:24
not a bad list BUT Moment of Truth definitely belongs in the top 10!
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0 # Youngin 2012-11-26 20:38
You are all old just like this suck list
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0 # chilli 2013-01-05 01:59
where Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde? Arrested Development? Slick rick's first and last album's. Red man's first. Nine, nine lives, Lost Boyz Black Moon's enta the stage, Smif n' Wessun's the Shinin. Boogie Monsters should get a mention, Slum Village and Where the the hell in Eric B and Rakim to name but a few....
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0 # royalnash 2013-01-12 00:13
where is redman - dare iz a darkside

should be in top 30
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0 # James worthy 2013-02-20 23:06
Yeah this list isn't shit where is tupac???
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0 # sam snead 2013-02-23 09:52
At number 13
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0 # sam snead 2013-02-23 09:51
Number 1 needs to move down that list at least 10 spots. solid list overall, slick rick got robbed on here as well.
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0 # TXX 2013-03-02 13:10
For those who say MFDoom and Aesop are fucking retarded. That shit is considered "nerd rap". They are not well known enough. They are mainly known to wiggers.
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0 # mdotmo 2013-04-22 21:51
No Organized Konfusion(Stres s Album)? No Makaveli? No MC Lyte (Lyte As A Rock)? No Scarface (T.W.I.Y. & Diary)? SMH
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-4 # orochisap 2013-08-27 11:31
This list is terrible if its in order...I'll never know anyone who in their right mind that will put ANY OutKast album above any Eminem album, ever.
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+2 # Andy 2013-09-10 01:48
Mecca And The Soul Brother - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
Food & Liquor - Lupe Fiasco
The Cool - Lupe Fiasco
Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City - Kendrick Lamar
Man On The Moon: The End Of The Day - Kid Cudi
The Dusty Foot Philosopher - K'Naan

Those are a couple more that would likely make my list, although only MBDTF, Mecca, GKMC, and arguably F&L are actually good enough to make a legitimate list like this one. It's lacking some post-90's albums though.
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+2 # Johnny 2013-09-18 01:22
Okay Eminem's Recovery album isn't badddddd, but it definitely isn't comparable to most of these
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+1 # knighter 2013-09-29 17:07
I'm just upset Tupac all eyes on me is numner 13, IN MY OPINION should be in the top 5 :(
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0 # Karlos Delfino 2013-09-30 14:39
Dope list, but dawg how u 4get J-Kwon "Hood Hop"??? Not hatin jus speakin trut.
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-1 # Karlos Delfino 2013-09-30 14:46
AND 2CHAINZ!!! HOW U LEAVE OUT DA MAIN 2 CHAINZ!?!?
- "2 Chains, but I got me a few on!"
- "Chain hang down to my dinga lang!"
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+2 # poop 2013-09-30 21:22
where is Doomsday by MF Doom...

and 2001 was released in 1999
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0 # vishwas 2013-10-02 01:42
rocking
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0 # rudra 2013-10-02 01:43
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+1 # oldnew 2013-10-02 06:59
i love old school albums, but come on... we know pac, dre, biggie, ect. are good and deserve good spots. There are new artists, with a college degree, showing amazing lyricism dont leave them out because even NAS respects some of it. i think any list is fucked up, a lot is personal opinion. Just dont register everything as shitty because its not from the 90's. fuck lil wayne
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0 # Eric 2013-10-05 09:07
I completely agree! Try listening to Watsky, Dylan Owen, and Childish Gambino. I think that you'll like them a lot.
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0 # Happy 2013-10-03 16:47
No Tech N9ne? Dude where you been?
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0 # austin 2013-10-04 10:49
a little surprised Late Registration or College Dropout wasn't mentioned.
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-6 # Blake 2013-10-04 16:01
Wow. What a garbage list. The ONLY album I'd have that's on this list is The Marshall Mathers LP.....No AOTP? No R.A the Rugged Man? No Immortal Technique? I'm tired of "Hip Hop" lists being nothing but mainstream garbage. Turn your fucking radios off and listen to some real music for a change. Biggie and Tupac are the most overrated rappers of all time. No, they're not the worst rappers of all time, but they sure as fuck ain't the best. Not even close
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0 # Eric 2013-10-05 09:03
This list was very well composed. What do you think of any of Lupe Fiasco's work? I know that he's a little mainstream, but I still think he's good.
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0 # KIF 2013-10-12 09:19
I got no problem with this list. I know there are a lot of albums I'd include in a list like this but I understand the flow of it and understand why certain artists aren't here. Most of the albums listed shaped the industry but they may not be the best ever.
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+1 # # 2013-10-29 18:56
All of the albums on the list are solid. But it def needs to be re-ordered, AND resurrection by Common is a top 20 album for sure. Also some that need to at least be in the honorable mentions include:

93 to Infinity-Souls of Mischief
Adrenaline Rush- Twista
Labor Days- Aesop Rock
Nineteen Naughty Three- Naughty by Nature
Blackout!- Method Man and Redman
Blazing Arrow- Blackalicious
Ridin' Dirty-UGK
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0 # dijegjen 2013-11-04 16:02
hmmm some albums are good many are not there but also some who are closer to one deserve to be closer to 1000
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0 # TruthBeTold 2013-11-27 11:14
I feel like this whole list is off target. I really wish people would see the difference between the rap game and hip-hop music.
Got love for them both but there's a difference..
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0 # fat tre 2013-12-06 18:41
Where's the Pharcyde on this list?
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0 # Peace_Love_T 2014-02-10 10:40
Lil Wayne can be ALRIGHT SOMETIMES. Birdman, 2 Chainz, Lil boosie and all the other bullshit Hip-Not artists are not as good as all the other Hip-Hop artists from before. Music is turning to shit and I'm worried that the next generation isnt going to know what good music is . Joe Budden, Wu-Tang, Busta, Biggie, Two Pac.. all of them.
But... Kendrick Lamar is where its at to.
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0 # Peace_Love_T 2014-02-10 10:42
Joe Budden, Wu Tang, Busta, Biggie, Tu Pac.. all of them (and more) are the kings of hip hop. ** Never finished my sentance. lol
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0 # Samson 2014-06-17 14:44
Aesop Rock? MF Doom? Deltron 3030? E&A? Digable Planets?
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0 # Greenback 2014-09-26 09:23
How can A Long Hot Summer by Masta Ace not be in the top 50? The compilers of this list must have never heard it!
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0 # caseycomb 2014-11-13 02:31
Ice Cube- Death Certificate
Spice 1 -Self Titled
Brotha Lynch Hung - Season of the Siccness
E-40 - Federal
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0 # fag 2014-12-09 00:12
The documentary?
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0 # NLC 2014-12-14 20:01
2001 came out in 1999, not 2001.
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-1 # Chelsea 2015-01-06 16:38
Good Kid Maad City
Blackout
Tical
Whut thee album
Its Dark and Hell is Hot

Showed Wu Love but completely disregarded Meth and Red

and there is no way in hell Ready To Die should be number one. Definitely on the list, but not number one of all time.
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0 # love quote 2015-06-10 16:51
How can A Long Hot Summer by Masta Ace not be in the top 50? The compilers of this list must have never heard it! love quotes
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-1 # tjenkins51 2015-07-04 04:34
Jazy Reasonable Doubt need to be number 1
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0 # Mikey G 2015-12-07 09:13
Lil B is the greatest, yea? Do tha cooking dance!!!
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0 # smokeyokey 2016-02-08 11:54
DMX should be in the top ten easily. How you put him in the honorable mentions section is a joke. Jay Z is the most over-rated rapper of all time.
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0 # justeye0724 2016-03-11 21:21
Nobody even thought about mentim'ioning Ultramagnetic MC's. The Critical Beatdown album was one of the albums tht set the tone for hip hop music along with BDP's 1st ablum, Eric B and Rakim's 1st joint, Big Daddy Kane's, Jungle Bros, and a few others during that time period.
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0 # Calvin 2016-05-13 09:12
This list is a load of shit. where Pete rock & cl smooth?
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0 # marcelusbrewer 2016-08-08 21:27
Good list, but No 2 LIVE CREW !, are you kidding?
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0 # MANDRONES 2017-04-18 07:56
No WHODINE!!!!!!!! ....."Freaks Come Out At Night" "Friends" "Five Minutes Of Funk". What would hip hop/rap be without Surgar Hill Gang, Egyption Lover, Nucleus, Soul Sonic Force, Herbe Hancock, Z3MC's, Cool Huerck.....
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0 # Carol Richardson 2017-06-30 11:20
No (solo) female recognition until #35, and she's the only one??? #nobueno
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