Best Rap Albums of All Time
- Best Rap Albums of All Time
- 1. Illmatic - Nas
- 2. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
- 3. Ready To Die - The Notorious B.I.G.
- 4. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan
- 5. All Eyez on Me - 2Pac
- 6. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
- 7. The Chronic - Dr. Dre
- 8. The Eminem Show - Eminem
- 9. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
- 10. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back - Public Enemy
In the late 1980s, people learned a new world connected with music. At first, many people said that there was no difference between cantillation and rap. But for about 10 years, rap has shown that this is a completely unique and new genre of music, which highlights all sorts of problems in the texts. Today our list is about the greatest rap albums of all time. The biggest popularity of rap was in the mid-1990s. If today it is very difficult to release a double platinum album, then in the 1990s it was a common thing. Having created this list, we will try to understand the secret of the legendary Eminem, N.W.A., 2Pac and other albums. List of the top 10 rap albums of all time, at least, will show you what music you should listen to in the next couple of weeks to become more informed.
Illmatic - Nas
Illmatic is one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. It has an infrequent situation with critics’ reviews and charts positions. Critics highly appreciated its production and the lyricism of Nas but songs from the album failed to achieve chart success. Illmatic is a landmark album of hip-hop from East Coast.
The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
As a musician, Eminem became a legend. And there is nothing strange that he created the best-selling rap albums of all time. During the first week in the U.S. 1.78 million copies were sold. This album is usually considered the most important in Eminem’s life.
Ready To Die - The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G. is an immortal legend of East Coast rap. Ready to Die was his debut album. It became one of the best rap albums of all times and reached a certified quadruple!!! platinum with sales. A forever Big Poppa is the second single of the album.
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan
In 1993 Wu-Tang Clan released their debut album which became one of the top hip hop albums of all time. Wu-Tang Clan were the creators of hardcore hip-hop and made a great influence on modern hip-hop bands. Enter the Wu-Tang is officially one of the most significant albums of the 1990s.
All Eyez on Me - 2Pac
Tupac Shakur is one of the most famous rappers in history. All Eyez on Me is his fourth studio album and one of the top rap albums. This album became No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. One of the greatest 2Pac songs “California Love” is a part of this album.
To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
A “New King of the West Coast” knows how to make good rap albums. The album contains the elements of hard bop, funk, soul, spoken word, avant-garde and explores. Also, it draws attention to the many racial, political, religious and personal problems that make it a socially loaded album.
The Chronic - Dr. Dre
The list of the top rap albums of all time cannot be full without The Chronic. After Dr. Dre has left N.W.A., he decided to build his own career and The Chronic became his debut solo album. It was certified triple platinum and seems to be one of the most well-produced hip-hop albums of all time.
The Eminem Show - Eminem
Eminem is the only person whose album was on the list twice. The Eminem Show sold 10.6 million copies in the U.S. and became Eminem's third album in four years to win the Best Rap Album award. All these facts make The Eminem Show one of the best rap albums of all time.
Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
Legendary. This one word is enough to describe N.W.A. and this album in particular. It can be the first among best rap albums ever only because of the fact that it created a genre of gangsta rap with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics. And for sure it is one of the most influential albums of all time.
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back - Public Enemy
And the last on our list of the top rap albums of all time is immortal “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back” by Public Enemy. Many critics believe that this album revived interest in rap music. It is No. 48 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (the highest ranking of all hip-hop albums).