A Stairway to Hip Hop Heaven (greatest rap albums of all time 1980-2020)

By IUsedToLoveH.E.R. IUsedToLoveH.E.R.
updated about 2 hours ago

YO CRATEDIGGERS!

Welcome to according to my personal taste the finest rap albums since it's very beginning.

WHO AM I?

A huge fan of Hip Hop who loves cratedigging and have spent millions of hours listening to new and old records over, and over again...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS LIST?

- Music is subjective and this list was initially made for my own purposes only.
- Ranking albums is almost impossible - meaning focus not so much on the positions - more on finding ones you have not heard.
- No instrumental albums or EP's should be included here.
- I never consider what status or impact an album may have had when making these lists (I judge only by my personal taste)
- Every album here have been rated by me as an "8" or more.
- The positions/ratings change from time to time as I go back and revisit them.
- I want the list to reflect what I think of the albums TODAY.
- A few "classics" are missing from this list for the simple reason I don't enjoy them musically.

RELEASES NOT FOUND ON DISCOGS (WHO SHOULD BE ON THIS LIST)

2016: The Birds, The Bees And Everything In Between, by CashUs King
2018: Lost In The Wilderness, by CashUs King
2018: 9 Roses, by Codenine x Mr. Rose
2019: Lacuna, by Defcee
2019: It's Not You, It's Me, by CashUs King

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

1985: Schoolly D, by Schoolly D
1986: On Fire, by Stetsasonic
1993: Enta Da Stage, by Black Moon
1993: The Four Horsemen, by Ultramagnetic MC's
1993: Buhloone Mindstate, by De La Soul
1993: The Swoll Package, by Capital Tax
1995: III - Temples Of Boom, by Cypress Hill
1996: It Was Written, by Nas
1998: Center Of Attention, by InI
1999: Nia, by Blackalicious
2002: The Fix, by Scarface
2002: Primitive Plus, by Edan
2005: Blue Scholars, by Blue Scholars
2006: Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, by Lupe Fiasco
2008: Changes Of Atmosphere, by Dela
2008: A Mind On A Ship Through Time, by Panacea
2011: Cats & Dogs, by Evidence
2011: Charity Starts At Home, by Phonte
2011: Rhytmatic Eternal King Supreme, by REKS
2012: Concrete Soul, by Beneficence
2013: Run The Jewels, by Run The Jewels
2013: The Ocean, by Deca
2014: March On Washington, by Diamond District
2014: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, by The Roots
2015: I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, by Earl Sweatshirt
2015: Deeply Rooted, by Scarface
2016: Flygod, by Westside Gunn
2016: Feature Magnetic, by Kool Keith
2017: Laminated Cakes, by Jam Baxter & Edward Scissortongue
2017: Same Moon, Same Sun: 1st Phase, by O.C.
2018: Two-Headed Monster, by Blueprint
2018: Mona Lisa, by Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz
2018: Subtle Meditation, by K.A.A.N
2019: The Circle, by Eto
2019: WE Grown NOW, by Tree
2019: Lil Big Man, by Maxo

Total number of albums (including the honorable mentions): 410

Albums from 2020 will be updated by the end of the year.

Peace

  1. CunninLynguists - A Piece Of Strange

    Released: 2006 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  2. El-P - Fantastic Damage

    Released: 2002 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  3. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein

    Released: 2001 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  4. Edward Scissortongue* - Better.Luck.Next.Life

    Released: 2012 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  5. Sonic Sum - The Sanity Annex

    Released: 1999 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  6. Paris (2) - The Devil Made Me Do It

    Released: 1990 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  7. Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent By Design

    Released: 2000 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  8. The Skull Eclipses - The Skull Eclipses

    Released: 2018 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  9. Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagon

    Released: 1996 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.9

  10. Mike Ladd - Welcome To The Afterfuture

    Released: 1999 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.8

  11. 3rd Bass - The Cactus Cee/D (The Cactus Album)

    Released: 1989 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.8

  12. People Under The Stairs - O.S.T.

    Released: 2002

    Rating: 9.7

  13. Mr Key & Greenwood Sharps - Yesterday's Futures

    Released: 2015 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.7

  14. CunninLynguists - Dirty Acres

    Released: 2007

    Rating: 9.7

  15. The Juggaknots - The Juggaknots

    Released: 1996

    Rating: 9.7

  16. CunninLynguists - Oneirology

    Released: 2011 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.6

  17. Aesop Rock - Labor Days

    Released: 2001 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.6

  18. Common Sense* - Resurrection

    Released: 1994 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.6

  19. Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

    Released: 1997

    Rating: 9.5

  20. Edan - Beauty And The Beat

    Released: 2005

    Rating: 9.5

  21. Dark Time Sunshine - ANX

    Released: 2012

    Rating: 9.5

  22. Deca (4) - The Way Through

    Released: 2017

    Rating: 9.5

  23. Cappo - Dramatic Change Of Fortune

    Released: 2016

    Rating: 9.5

  24. Mobb Deep - The Infamous

    Released: 1995

    Rating: 9.5

  25. Atmosphere (2) - God Loves Ugly

    Released: 2002 (Collection)

    Rating: 9.5