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Greatest Hip Hop Albums 1986 – 2019

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Top 10 Hip Hop Albums 1986

  1. Run DMC – Raising Hell
  2. Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill
  3. Stetsasonic – On Fire
  4. Schoolly D – Schoolly D
  5. Just Ice – Back To The Old School
  6. Salt N Pepa – Cool & Vicious
  7. Doug E Fresh – Oh My God
  8. Skinny Boys – Weightless
  9. Mantronix – Music Madness
  10. 2 Live Crew – 2 Live Is What We Are

Check here for 1986’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 20 Hip Hop Albums 1987

  1. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
  2. Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
  3. Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush The Show
  4. LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer
  5. Ice T – Rhyme Pays
  6. Schoolly D – Saturday Night The Album
  7. Dana Dane – Dana Dane With The Fame
  8. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Rock The House
  9. Too Short – Born To Mack
  10. MC Shan – Down By Law
  11. Just Ice – Kool And Deadly
  12. Kool Moe Dee – How Ya Like Me Now
  13. T La Rock – Lyrical King
  14. Skinny Boys – Skinny & Proud
  15. N.W.A. & The Posse – N.W.A. & The Posse
  16. UTFO – Lethal
  17. Kaos – Court’s In Session
  18. Heavy D & The Boyz – Livin’ Large
  19. Steady B – What’s My Name?
  20. Fat Boys – Crushin’

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1987’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1988

  1. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  2. Ultramagnetic MCs – Critical Beatdown
  3. Slick Rick – The Great Adventures Of…
  4. N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
  5. Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane
  6. Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader
  7. Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary
  8. EPMD – Unfinished Business
  9. Ice T – Power
  10. Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle
  11. MC Lyte – Lyte As A Rock
  12. Eazy E – Eazy Duz It
  13. Marley Marl – In The Control Vol 1
  14. Biz Markie – Goin’ Off
  15. Too Short – Life Is…
  16. Run DMC – Tougher Than Leather
  17. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper
  18. Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud – Girls I Got Em Locked
  19. Stetsasonic – In Full Gear
  20. King Tee – Act A Fool
  21. MC Shan – Born To Be Wild
  22. Lakim Shabazz – Pure Righteousness
  23. DJ Cash Money & Marvelous – Where’s The Party At?
  24. The 7A3 – Coolin In Cali
  25. Rhyme Syndicate – Comin’ Through
  26. Tuff Crew – Danger Zone
  27. JVC Force – Doin’ Damage
  28. Def IV – Nice & Hard
  29. Schoolly D – Smoke Some Kill
  30. Audio Two – What More Can I Say?
  31. Kid N Play – 2 Hype
  32. Masters Of Ceremony – Dynamite
  33. Mantronix – In Full Effect
  34. Doug E Fresh – The World’s Greatest Entertainer
  35. Salt N Pepa – A Salt With A Deadly Pepa
  36. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
  37. 2 Live Crew – Move Somethin’
  38. Skinny Boys – They Can’t Get Enough
  39. Steady B – Let The Hustlers Play
  40. Cold Crush Brothers – Troopers

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1988’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1989

  1. De La Soul – 3 Feet High & Rising
  2. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
  3. The D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better
  4. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Road To The Riches
  5. EPMD – Unfinished Business
  6. Boogie Down Productions – Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop
  7. Geto Boys – Grip It! On That Other Level
  8. Ice T – The Iceberg
  9. Big Daddy Kane – It’s A Big Daddy Thing
  10. Jungle Brothers – Done By The Forces Of Nature
  11. LL Cool J – Walking With A Panther
  12. 3rd Bass – The Cactus Album
  13. Gang Starr – No More Mr Nice Guy
  14. MC Lyte – Eyes On This
  15. Low Profile – We’re In This Together
  16. Nice & Smooth – Nice & Smooth
  17. Biz Markie – The Biz Never Sleeps
  18. Chill Rob G – Ride The Rhythm
  19. Young MC – Stone Cold Rhyming
  20. Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Piano
  21. Schoolly D – Am I Black Enough For You?
  22. Queen Latifah – All Hail The Queen
  23. Special Ed – Youngest In Charge
  24. Tuff Crew – Back To Wreck Shop
  25. Awesome Dre – You Can’t Hold Me Back
  26. Kwame The Boy Genius – Featuring A New Beginning
  27. Three Times Dope – Original Stylin’
  28. Just Ice – The Desolate One
  29. Donald D – Notorious
  30. Willie D – Controversy
  31. Stezo – Crazy Noise
  32. The Jaz – Word To The Jazz
  33. Tone Loc – Loc-ed After Dark
  34. Cool C – I Gotta Habit
  35. Def Jef – Just A Poet With A Soul
  36. Vicious Beat Posse – Legalized Dope
  37. Black Rock & Ron – Stop The World
  38. Kool Moe Dee – Knowledge Is King
  39. The New Style – Independent Leaders
  40. King Sun – XL

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1989’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 30 Hip Hop Albums 1990

  1. Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
  2. Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
  3. A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm
  4. Paris – The Devil Made Me Do It
  5. Eric B & Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit Em
  6. Lord Finesse – Funky Technician
  7. Boogie Down Productions – Edutainment
  8. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
  9. Brand Nubian – All For One
  10. Above The Law – Livin’ Like Hustlers
  11. Kool G Rap – Wanted Dead Or Alive
  12. EPMD – Business As Usual
  13. Master Ace – Take A Look Around
  14. Poor Righteous Teachers – Holy Intellect
  15. Digital Underground – Sex Packets
  16. Too Short – Short Dog’s In The House
  17. Intelligent Hoodlum – Intelligent Hoodlum
  18. D-Nice – Call Me D-Nice
  19. K-Solo – Tell The World My Name
  20. X-Clan – To The East, Blackwards
  21. Compton’s Most Wanted – It’s A Compton Thang
  22. Grand Daddy I.U. – Smooth Assassin
  23. Big Daddy Kane – Taste of Chocolate
  24. The Jaz – To Your Soul
  25. Shazzy – Attitude: A Hip Hop Rapsody
  26. Special Ed – Legal
  27. King Tee – At Your Own Risk
  28. CPO – To Hell And Black
  29. King Sun – Righteous But Ruthless
  30. Boo Yaa Tribe – New Funky Nation

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1990’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1991

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  1. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
  2. De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead
  3. Ice T – Original Gangster
  4. Gang Starr – Step In The Arena
  5. Ice Cube – Death Certificate
  6. Main Source – Breaking Atoms
  7. Black Sheep – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
  8. Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black
  9. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill
  10. NWA – Efil4ziggan
  11. Organized Konfusion – Organized Konfusion
  12. Scarface – Mr Scarface Is Back
  13. 2Pac – 2Pacalypse Now
  14. Naughty By Nature – Naughty By Nature
  15. DJ Quik – Quik Is The Name
  16. Ed OG & Da Bulldoggs – Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto
  17. Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped
  18. Leaders Of The New School – A Future Without A Past
  19. Del The Funky Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here
  20. Freestyle Fellowship – To Whom It May Concern
  21. Compton’s Most Wanted – Straight Checkn’ Em
  22. Chubb Rock – The One
  23. Godfather Don – Hazardous
  24. WC And The MAAD Circle – Ain’t A Damn Thing Changed
  25. KMD – Mr Hood
  26. UMC’s – Fruits Of Nature
  27. 3rd Bass – Derelicts Of Dialect
  28. Digital Underground – Sons Of The P
  29. J- Rock – Streetwize
  30. Nice & Smooth – Ain’t A Damn Thing Changed
  31. MC Lyte – Act Like You Know
  32. Tim Dog – Penicillin On Wax
  33. Slick Rick – The Ruler’s Back
  34. Poor Righteous Teachers – Pure Poverty
  35. OG Style – I Know How To Play Em
  36. Downtown Science – Downtown Science
  37. Schoolly D – How A Black Man Feels
  38. Terminator X – Terminator X & The Valley Of Jeep Beets
  39. Stetsasonic – Blood, Sweat & No Tears
  40. D-Nice – To Tha Rescue

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1991’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1992

  1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca & The Soul Brother
  2. Dr Dre – The Chronic
  3. Showbiz $ AG – Runaway Slave
  4. The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II…
  5. Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics – Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop
  6. Gang Starr – Daily Operation
  7. Redman – Whut? Thee Album
  8. Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Check The Technique
  9. Compton’s Most Wanted – Music To Driveby
  10. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Live And Let Die
  11. Hard Knocks – School Of Hard Knocks
  12. Ice Cube – The Predator
  13. EPMD – Business, Never Personal
  14. Beastie Boys – Check Your Head
  15. Lord Finesse – Return Of The Funky Man
  16. Paris – Sleeping With The Enemy
  17. Boogie Down Productions – Sex And Violence
  18. Das EFX- Dead Serious
  19. Positive K – The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills
  20. Arrested Development – 3 Years. 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of…
  21. Ultramagnetic MCs – Funk Your Head Up
  22. Too Short – Shorty The Pimp
  23. Common – Can I Borrow A Dollar?
  24. The Goats – Tricks Of The Shade
  25. UGK – Too Hard To Swallow
  26. Spice 1 – Spice 1
  27. X-Clan – Xodus
  28. Da Lench Mob – Guerillas In The Mist
  29. Grand Puba – Reel To Reel
  30. DJ Quik – Way 2 Fonkay
  31. House Of Pain – House Of Pain
  32. Grandmaster Caz – The Grandest Of Them All
  33. Willie D – I’m Going Out Lika Soldier
  34. Fu-Schnickens – F.U. Don’t Take it Personal
  35. K-Solo – Time’s Up
  36. Rough House Survivors – Straight From The Soul
  37. The Future Sound – The Whole Shabang, Vol. 1
  38. MC Serch – Return Of The Product
  39. Roxanne Shante – The B**** Is Back
  40. The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1992’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1993

  1. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  2. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
  3. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggy Style
  4. De La Soul – Buhloone Mind State
  5. KRS One – Return Of The Boom Bap
  6. Black Moon – Enta Da Stage
  7. Freestyle Fellowship – Innercity Griots
  8. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
  9. Ultramagnetic MCs – The Four Horsemen
  10. Digable Planets – Reachin’
  11. 2Pac – Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
  12. Lords Of The Underground – Here Come The Lords
  13. Queen Latifah – Black Reign
  14. Fat Joe – Represent
  15. Del – No Need For Alarm
  16. Ice Cube – Lethal Injection
  17. The Roots – Organix
  18. Masta Ace Inc. – Slaughtahouse
  19. Too Short – Get In Where You Fit In
  20. Geto Boys – Till Death Do Us Part
  21. Ice T – Home Invasion
  22. Mac Mall – Illegal Business?
  23. Scarface – The World Is Yours
  24. The Coup – Kill My Landlord
  25. Leaders Of The New School – T.I.M.E.
  26. Tha Alkoholiks – 21 & Over
  27. King Tee- Tha Triflin Album
  28. Intelligent Hoodlum – Tragedy: Saga Of A Hoodlum
  29. Cypress Hill – Black Sunday
  30. Naughty By Nature – 19 Naughty III
  31. Onyx – Bacdafucup
  32. Eightball & MJG – Comin’ Out Hard
  33. MC Ren – Shock Of The Hour
  34. K-Rino – Stories From The Black Book
  35. Big Daddy Kane – Looks Like A Job For…
  36. E-40 – Federal
  37. MC Lyte – Ain’t No Other
  38. LL Cool J – 14 Shots To The Dome
  39. Poor Righteous Teachers – Black Business
  40. Above The Law – Black Mafia Life

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1993’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1994

  1. Nas – Illmatic
  2. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
  3. OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  4. O.C. – Word… Life
  5. Jeru The Damaja – The Sun Rises In The East
  6. Gang Starr – Hard To Earn
  7. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Main Ingredient
  8. Common – Resurrection
  9. Scarface – The Diary
  10. Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda
  11. Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep
  12. Method Man – Tical
  13. Dred Scott – Breakin’ Combs
  14. Digable Planets – Blowout Comb
  15. Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
  16. The Beatnuts – Street Level
  17. UGK – Super Tight
  18. KMD – Black Bastards
  19. The Coup – Genocide & Juice
  20. Warren G – Regulate… G Funk Era
  21. Redman – Dare Iz A Darkside
  22. Thug Life – Vol. 1
  23. Boogie Monsters – Riders Of The Storm: The Underwater Album
  24. Public Enemy – Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age
  25. Coolio – It Takes A Thief
  26. Artifacts – Between A Rock And A Hard Place
  27. Keith Murray – The Most Beautifullest Thing In The World
  28. Down South – Lost In Brooklyn
  29. Kokane – Funk Upon A Rhyme
  30. Above The Law – Uncle Sam’s Curse
  31. Fugees – Blunted On Reality
  32. M.O.P. – To The Death
  33. Big Mike – Somethin’ Serious
  34. Slick Rick – Behind Bars
  35. Black Sheep – Non-Fiction
  36. Da Brat – Funkdafied
  37. Eightball & MJG – On The Outside Looking In
  38. Casual – Fear Itself
  39. Esham – Closed Casket
  40. Odd Squad – Fadanuf Fa Erybody

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1994’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1995

  1. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
  2. 2Pac – Me Against The World
  3. GZA – Liquid Swords
  4. Goodie Mob – Soul Food
  5. Mobb Deep – The Infamous
  6. Big L – Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous
  7. Smif N Wessun – Dah Shinin
  8. The Pharcyde – Lacabincalifornia
  9. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers
  10. The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??!
  11. Bone Thugs N Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal
  12. Show & AG – Goodfellas
  13. AZ – Doe Or Die
  14. KRS One – KRS One
  15. E-40 – In A Major Way
  16. Aceyalone – All Balls Don’t Bounce
  17. Eightball & MJG – On Top Of The World
  18. WC & The MAAD Circle – Curb Servin
  19. DJ Quik – Safe + Sound
  20. Kool G Rap – 4,5,6
  21. Tha Dogg Pound – Dogg Food
  22. LL Cool J – Mr Smith
  23. Cypress Hill – III
  24. Tha Alkoholiks – Coast II Coast
  25. Masta Ace – Sittin’ On Chrome
  26. King Tee – IV Life
  27. K-Rino – Danger Zone
  28. Group Home – Livin’ Proof
  29. Mic Geronimo – The Natural
  30. Count Bass-D – Pre-Life Crisis
  31. Too short – Cocktails
  32. Fat Joe – Jealous One’s Envy
  33. Miilkbone – Da Miilkcrate
  34. Erick Sermon – Double Or Nothing
  35. The Nonce – World Ultimate
  36. Onyx – All We Got Iz Us
  37. The Grouch – Don’t Talk To Me
  38. Nine – Nine Livez
  39. Channel Live – Station Identification
  40. Souls Of Mischief – No Man’s Land

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1995’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1996

  1. De La Soul – Stakes is Higher
  2. OutKast – ATLiens
  3. The Roots – Illadelph Halflife
  4. Nas- It Was Written
  5. The Fugees – The Score
  6. Makaveli – The Don Killuminati The Seven Day Theory
  7. Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt
  8. Dr Octagon – Dr Octagonecologyst
  9. 2Pac – All Eyez On Me
  10. Ghostface Killah – Ironman
  11. Ras Kass – Soul On Ice
  12. Redman – Muddy Waters
  13. UGK – Ridin’ Dirty
  14. DJ Shadow – Entroducing
  15. Jeru The Damaja – Wrath Of The Math
  16. A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes & Life
  17. Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth
  18. Heltah Skeltah – Nocturnal
  19. Busta Rhymes – The Coming
  20. Keith Murray – Enigma
  21. Poor Righteous Teachers – The New World Order
  22. Real Live – The Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama
  23. Chino XL – Here To Save You All
  24. Sadat X – Wild Cowboys
  25. M.O.P. – Firing Squad
  26. Lost Boyz – Legal Drug Money
  27. Xzibit – At The Speed Of Life
  28. Lord Finesse – The Awaking
  29. Bahamadia – Kollage
  30. OGC – Da Storm
  31. E-40 – Tha Hall Of Fame
  32. Geto Boys – The Ressurection
  33. Westside Connection – Bow Down
  34. Ultra – Big Time
  35. Delinquent Habits – Delinquent Habits
  36. Chuck D – Autobiography Of Mistachuck
  37. Eminem – Infinite
  38. Mad Skillz – From Where???
  39. Lil Kim – Hardcore
  40. Too Short – Gettin’ It

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions, and here for 1996’s Top 40 Hip Hop Songs.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1997

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  1. Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever
  2. Common – One Day It’ll All Make Sense
  3. Camp Lo – Uptown Saturday Night
  4. Mood – Doom
  5. The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
  6. O.C. – Jewelz
  7. Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus
  8. Cru – Da Dirty 30
  9. Scarface – The Untouchable
  10. Kool Keith – Sex Style
  11. Capone-N-Noreaga – The War Report
  12. Jedi Mind Tricks – The Psycho-Social […]
  13. Jay Z – In My Lifetime Vol. 1
  14. Frankie Cutlass – Politics & Bullsh**
  15. Slum Village – Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1
  16. Busta Rymes – When Disaster Strikes
  17. Organized Konfusion
  18. Missy Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly
  19. Rakim – The 18th Letter
  20. KRS One – I Got Next
  21. Suga Free – Street Gospel
  22. The Beatnuts – Stone Crazy
  23. Atmosphere – Overcast!
  24. Del The Funky Homosapien – Future Development
  25. Boogie Monsters – God Sound
  26. Jungle Brothers – Raw Deluxe
  27. EPMD – Back In Business
  28. Tha Alkaholiks – Likwidation
  29. Diamond – Hatred, Passions & Infidelity
  30. Latryx – The Album
  31. Murs – F’real
  32. Artifacts – That’s Them
  33. Aesop Rock – Music For Earthworms
  34. MJG – No More Glory
  35. No I.D. – Accept Your Own & Be Yourself (The Black Album)
  36. Royal Flush – Ghetto Millionaire
  37. Rampage – Scout’s Honor… By Way Of Blood
  38. Killarmy – Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars
  39. The Firm – The Album
  40. LL Cool J – Phenomenon

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1998

  1. OutKast – Aquemini
  2. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
  3. Black Star – Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
  4. Gang Starr – Moment Of Truth
  5. Big Pun – Capital Punishment
  6. Aceyalone – A Book Of Human Language
  7. Hieroglyphics – 3rd Eye Vision
  8. Goodie Mob – Still Standing
  9. Pete Rock – Soul Survivor
  10. DMX – It’s Dark ANd Hell Is Hot
  11. Jurassic 5 – Jurassic 5
  12. The Dynospectrum – The Dynospectrum
  13. The Coup – Steal This Album
  14. Killah Priest – Heavy Mental
  15. Styles Of Beyond – 2000 Fold
  16. Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
  17. Jay Z- Vol 2… Hard Knock Life
  18. Rasco – Time Waits For No Man
  19. Xzibit – 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
  20. People Under The Stairs – The Next Step
  21. A Tribe Called Quest – The Love Movement
  22. Kool G Rap – Roots Of Evil
  23. Sunz Of Man – The Last Shall Be First
  24. RZA – Bobby Digital
  25. AZ – Pieces If A Man
  26. M.O.P. – First Family 4 Life
  27. DJ Quik – Rhythm-al-ism
  28. Fat Joe – Don Cartagena
  29. Devin The Dude – The Dude
  30. Black Eyed Peas – Behind The Front
  31. Canibus – Can-I-Bus
  32. Ice Cube – War & Peace, Vol 1 (The War Disc)
  33. DMX – Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood
  34. Cappadonna – The Pillage
  35. Busta Rhymes – E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
  36. Eightball – Lost
  37. Juvenile – 400 Degreez
  38. Big Daddy Kane – Veteranz Day
  39. Redman – Doc’s Da Name 2000
  40. Method Man – Tical 2000: Judgement Day

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1999

  1. Mos Def – Black On Both Sides
  2. The Roots – Things Fall Apart
  3. MF DOOM – Operation Doomsday
  4. Eminem – The Slim Shady LP
  5. Dr Dre – 2001
  6. Blackalicious – Nia
  7. Prince Paul – A Prince Among Thieves
  8. Pharoahe Monch – Internal Affairs
  9. Dr. Dooom – First Come, First Served
  10. Various Artists – Rawkus Presents: Soundbombing II
  11. Lootpack – Soundpieces: Da Antidote
  12. Jeru The Damaja – Heroz4Hire
  13. Arsonists – As The World Burns
  14. Handsome B-boy Modelling School – So How’s Your Girl
  15. Q-Tip – Amplified
  16. Slick Rick – The Art Of Storytelling
  17. Ice T – 7th Deadly Sin
  18. The High & The Mighty – Home Field Advantage
  19. Peanut Butter Wolf – My Vinyl Weighs A Ton
  20. Public Enemy – There’s A Poison Goin’ On
  21. Method Man & Redman – Blackout!
  22. Rakim – The Master
  23. Mobb Deep – Murda Muzik
  24. Jay Z – Vol 3… Life & Times Of S. Carter
  25. Kool Keith – Black Elvis / Lost In Space
  26. Inspectah Deck – Uncontrolled Substance
  27. Nas – I Am…
  28. GZA – Beneath The Surface
  29. Eightball & M.J.G. – In Our Lifetime
  30. Tech N9ne – The Calm Before The Storm
  31. Kurupt – Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha
  32. EPMD – Out Of Business
  33. The Beatnuts – A Musical Massacre
  34. Atmosphere – Headshotz Se7en
  35. K-Rino – No Mercy
  36. Swollen Members – Balance
  37. Scaramanga – Seven Eyes, Seven Horns
  38. Black Moon – War Zone
  39. Hot Boys – Guerilla Warfare
  40. Polyrhythm Addicts – Rhyme Related

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2000

  1. Common – Like Water For Chocolate
  2. Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030
  3. Reflection Eternal – Train Of Thought
  4. OutKast – Stankonia
  5. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
  6. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
  7. dead prez – Let’s Get Free
  8. Slum Village – Fantastic, Vol. 2
  9. Binary Star – Masters Of The Universe
  10. Zion I – Mind Over Matter
  11. Jedi Mind Tricks – Violent By Design
  12. Quasimoto – The Unseen
  13. Del The Funky Homosapien – Both Sides Of The Brain
  14. Jurassic 5 – Quality Control
  15. Bumpy Knuckles – Industry Shakedown
  16. Wu-Tang Clan – The W
  17. Aesop Rock – Float
  18. Big L – The Big Picture
  19. Dilated Peoples – The Platform
  20. People Under The Stairs – Question In The Form Of An Answer
  21. Foreign Legion – Kidnapper Van: Beats To Rock While Bike-Stealin’
  22. Tony Touch – The Piece Maker
  23. De La Soul – Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
  24. Beanie Sigel – The Truth
  25. Rah Digga – Dirty Harriet
  26. M.O.P. – Warriorz
  27. Scarface – The Last Of A Dying Breed
  28. D.I.T.C. – D.I.T.C.
  29. Antipop Consortium – Tragic Epilogue
  30. Various Artists – Lyricist Lounge 2
  31. Big Pun – Yeeeah Baby
  32. DJ Quik – Balance & Options
  33. Jay-Z – The Dynasty
  34. Murs – Murs Rules The World
  35. The Pharcyde – Plain Rap
  36. Analog Brothers – Pimp To Eat
  37. Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)
  38. Bone Thugs N Harmony – BTNHResurrection
  39. Prodigy – H.N.I.C.
  40. Snoop Dogg – Tha Last Meal

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2001

2001 hip hop albums

  1. Jay-Z – The Blueprint
  2. J-Live – The Best Part
  3. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein
  4. Masta Ace – Disposable Arts
  5. Nas – Stillmatic
  6. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 1
  7. Ugly Duckling – Journey To Anywhere
  8. CunninLynguists – Will Rap For Food
  9. Asheru & Blue Black – Soon Come
  10. Aesop Rock – Labor Days
  11. Atmosphere – Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP’s
  12. 7L & Esoteric – The Soul Purpose
  13. J. Rawls – The Essence Of J. Rawls
  14. Jay Dee aka J Dilla – Welcome 2 Detroit
  15. Substantial – To This Union A Sun Was Born
  16. Cormega – The Realness
  17. Abstract Rude + Tribe Unique – P.A.I.N.T.
  18. Pep Love – Ascension
  19. Lone Catalysts – Hip Hop
  20. Eyedea & Abilities – First Born
  21. Sticky Fingaz – [Blacktrash] The Autobiography of Kirk Jones
  22. Beanie Sigel – The Reason
  23. De La Soul – AOI: Bionix
  24. KRS-One – The Sneak Attack
  25. Dilated Peoples – Expansion Team
  26. Ghostface Killah – Bulletproof Wallets
  27. Typical Cats – Typical Cats
  28. Sm*t Peddlers – Porn Again
  29. Hi-Tek – Hi-Teknology
  30. The Beatnuts – Take It Or Squeeze It
  31. Aceyalone – Accepted Eclectic
  32. Wu-Tang Clan – Iron Flag
  33. Dungeon Family – Even in Darkness
  34. Kankick – From Artz Unknown
  35. RZA – Digital Bullet
  36. Tech N9ne – Anghellic
  37. Declaime – Andsoitisaid
  38. Tragedy Khadafi – Against All Odds
  39. Chino XL – I Told You So
  40. Living Legends – Almost Famous

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2002

best hip hop albums 2002

  1. J-Live – All Of The Above
  2. Mr. Lif – I Phantom
  3. Nas – The Lost Tapes
  4. Eminem – The Eminem Show
  5. Scarface – The Fix
  6. Jurassic 5 – Power In Numbers
  7. Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow
  8. Nas – God’s Son
  9. Talib Kweli – Quality
  10. Cormega – The True Meaning
  11. Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly
  12. The Roots – Phrenology
  13. Large Professor – 1st Class
  14. Edan – Primitive Plus
  15. Canibus – Mic Club: The Curriculum
  16. People Under The Stairs – O.S.T.
  17. El-P – Fantastic Damage
  18. Insight – Updated Software V. 2,5
  19. Non Phixion – The Future Is Now
  20. MF Grimm – The Downfall Of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera
  21. 7L & Esoteric – Dangerous Connection
  22. Juggaknots – Re:Release
  23. X-Ecutioners ‎- Built From Scratch
  24. Sage Francis – Personal Journals
  25. Alias – The Other Side Of The Looking Glass
  26. Clipse – Lord Willin’
  27. Busdriver – Temporary Forever
  28. Archetype – Freehand Formula
  29. Journalist – Scribes Of Life
  30. Nappy Roots – Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
  31. Cage – Movies For The Blind
  32. Boot Camp Clik – The Chosen Few
  33. Supastition – 7 Years Of Bad Luck
  34. One Be Lo – Project: F.E.T.U.S.
  35. Pacewon – Won
  36. AZ – Aziatic
  37. Slum Village – Trinity (Past, Present & Future)
  38. Busta Rhymes – It Ain’t Safe No More…
  39. Jay-Z – The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse
  40. 3582 – The Living Soul

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2003

2003 top 40 hip hop albums

  1. Brother Ali – Shadows On The Sun
  2. Little Brother – The Listening
  3. Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain
  4. Canibus – Rip The Jacker
  5. Jay Z – The Black Album
  6. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 2
  7. Non Prophets – Hope
  8. 50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
  9. CunninLynguists – Southernunderground
  10. Louis Logic – Sin-A-Matic
  11. King Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader
  12. OutKast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
  13. Jaylib – Champion Sound
  14. Lightheaded – Pure Thoughts
  15. KRS-One – Kristyles
  16. Gang Starr – The Ownerz
  17. Danger Mouse & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life
  18. Nappy Roots – Wooden Leather
  19. Soul Position – 8 Million Stories
  20. Jedi Mind Tricks – Visions Of Gandhi
  21. Vakill – The Darkest Cloud
  22. Insight – The Maysun Project
  23. Soul Supreme – The Saturday Nite Agenda
  24. Atmosphere – Seven’s Travels
  25. Cyne – Time Being
  26. Murs – The End Of The Beginning
  27. Ugly Duckling – Taste The Secret
  28. Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth
  29. Zion I – Deep Water Slang V2.0
  30. Jeru The Damaja – Divine Design
  31. Paris – Sonic Jihad
  32. Hieroglyphics – Full Circle
  33. Freeway – Philadelphia Freeway
  34. Akrobatik – Balance
  35. Diverse – One A.M.
  36. Pase Rock – Bullshit As Usual
  37. Andre Nickatina – Conversation With A Devil
  38. Ludacris – Chicken-n-Beer
  39. Shabazz The Disciple – The Book Of Shabazz
  40. Sole – Selling Live Water

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2004

best rap music 2004

  1. Madvillain – Madvillainy
  2. Masta Ace – A Long Hot Summer
  3. De La Soul – The Grind Date
  4. Kanye West – The College Dropout
  5. Eyedea & Abilities – E&A
  6. Edo. G feat. Pete Rock – My Own Worst Enemy
  7. Haiku D’Etat – Coup De Theatre
  8. Murs & 9th Wonder – Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition
  9. Foreign Exchange – Connected
  10. Time Machine – Slow Your Roll
  11. Shock G – Fear Of A Mixed Planet
  12. Masta Killa – No Said Date
  13. MF DOOM – Mm.. Food
  14. R.A. the Rugged Man – Die, Rugged Man, Die
  15. Braille – Shades Of Grey
  16. Blue Scholars – Blue Scholars
  17. Insight – The Blast Radius
  18. Typical Cats – Civil Service
  19. Ghostface Killah – The Pretty Tony Album
  20. Talib Kweli – The Beautiful Struggle
  21. Brother Ali – Champion EP
  22. Oh No – The Disrupt
  23. Royce Da 5’9″ – Death Is Certain
  24. Nas – Street’s Disciple
  25. The U.N. – UN Or U Out
  26. Illogic – Celestial Clockwork
  27. Ill Bill – What’s Wrong With Bill?
  28. The Roots – The Tipping Point
  29. Leak Bros. – Waterworld
  30. Beastie Boys – To The 5 Boroughs
  31. Micranots – The Emperor & The Assassin
  32. Billy Woods – The Chalice
  33. Non Phixion – The Green CD
  34. P.O.S – Ipecac Neat
  35. Jean Grae – This Week
  36. Slum Village – Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit)
  37. Jedi Mind Tricks – Legacy of Blood
  38. Declaime – Conversations With Dudley
  39. Porn Theatre Ushers – Taxachusetts
  40. 7L & Esoteric – DC2: Bars of Death

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2005

top rap albums 2005

  1. Common – BE
  2. Little Brother – The Minstrel Show
  3. Ohmega Watts – The Find
  4. Kanye West – Late Registration
  5. Atmosphere – You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having
  6. Zion I – True & Livin’
  7. Beanie Sigel – The B. Coming
  8. Danger Doom – The Mouse And The Mask
  9. The Game – The Documentary
  10. Jazz Addixx – Oxygen
  11. One Be Lo – S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M.
  12. Sean Price – Monkey Barz
  13. Bun B – Trill
  14. Quasimoto – The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
  15. Blueprint – 1988
  16. Pumpkinhead – Orange Moon Over Brooklyn
  17. Edan – Beauty & The Beat
  18. Felt – Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet
  19. Cage – Hell’s Winter
  20. Lone Catalysts – Good Music
  21. Geto Boys – The Foundation
  22. O.C. – Starchild
  23. Reef The Lost Cauze – Feast Or Famine
  24. Cormega – The Testament
  25. J-Live – The Hear After
  26. Sage Francis – A Healthy Distrust
  27. The Circle Of Tyrants – The Circle Of Tyrants
  28. Slum Village – Slum Village
  29. Black Market Militia – Black Market Militia
  30. Tragedy Khadafi – Thug Matrix
  31. 9th Wonder & Buckshot – Chemistry
  32. Supastition – Chain Letters
  33. Rapper Big Pooh – Sleepers
  34. DJ Muggs vs. GZA – Grandmasters
  35. I Self Devine – Self Destruction
  36. The Perceptionists – Black Dialogue
  37. Chief Kamachi & The Juju Mob – Black Candles
  38. Living Legends – Classic
  39. Lyrics Born – Same Shit, Different Day
  40. Proof – Searching For Jerry Garcia

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2006

top 2006 hip hop albums

  1. The Roots – Game Theory
  2. Jedi Mind Tricks – Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell
  3. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
  4. J Dilla – Donuts
  5. CunninLynguists – A Piece Of Strange
  6. Ghostface Killah – Fishscale
  7. People Under The Stairs – Stepfather
  8. Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead
  9. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury
  10. MF Grimm – American Hunger
  11. Apathy – Eastern Philosophy
  12. Project Polaroid – Project Polaroid
  13. Murs & 9th Wonder – Murray’s Revenge
  14. Mekalek – Live & Learn
  15. Army Of The Pharaohs – The Torture Papers
  16. J Dilla – The Shining
  17. Zion I & Grouch – Heroes In The City Of Dope
  18. Panacea – Ink Is My Drink
  19. Tanya Morgan – Moonlighting
  20. Psalm One – The Death Of Frequent Flyer
  21. OutKast – Idlewild
  22. Louis Logic & J.J. Brown – Misery Loves Comedy
  23. Pigeon John – Pigeon John & The Summertime Pool Party
  24. Bronze Nazareth – The Great Migration
  25. Unknown Prophets – The Road Less Traveled
  26. Soul Position – Things Go Better with RJ & Al
  27. Verbal Kent – Move With The Wall
  28. AZ – The Format
  29. Uppa Notch – No Greater Love
  30. Dilated Peoples – 20/20
  31. Outerspace – Blood Brothers
  32. Oh No – Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms
  33. Mr Lif – Mo Mega
  34. KRS One – Life
  35. Rhymefest – Blue Collar
  36. Ghostface Killah – More Fish
  37. Strange Fruit Project – The Healing
  38. Snoop Dogg – Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
  39. Ice T – Gangsta Rap
  40. The Game – Doctor’s Advocate

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2007

top hip hop albums of 2007

  1. Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth
  2. Blu & Exile – Below The Heavens
  3. Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
  4. Percee P – Perseverance
  5. Pharoahe Monch – Desire
  6. Cunninlynguists – Dirty Acres
  7. Common – Finding Forever
  8. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
  9. Talib Kweli – Eardrum
  10. Y Society – Travel At Your Own Pace
  11. Kanye West – Graduation
  12. Evidence – The Weatherman LP
  13. UGK – Underground Kingz
  14. Jay-Z – American Gangster
  15. Sage Francis – Human The Death Dance
  16. Black Milk – Popular Demand
  17. El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
  18. Statik Selektah – Spell My Name Right
  19. Zeph & Azeem – Rise Up
  20. One Be Lo – The R.E.B.I.R.T.H.
  21. Ohmega Watts – Watts Happening
  22. Ghostface Killah – The Big Doe Rehab
  23. Polyrhythm Addicts – Break Glass
  24. Army Of The Pharaohs – Ritual Of Battle
  25. Cilvaringz – I
  26. Panacea – The Scenic Route
  27. Little Brother – Getback
  28. Blue Scholars – Bayani
  29. KRS-One & Marley Marl – Hip Hop Lives
  30. Phat Kat – Carte Blanche
  31. Scarface – M.A.D.E.
  32. Marco Polo – Port Authority
  33. Sean Price – Jesus Price Supastar
  34. Public Enemy – How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???
  35. Killah Priest – The Offering
  36. Joell Ortiz – The Brick
  37. Redman – Red Gone Wild
  38. DJ Jazzy Jeff – The Return Of The Magnificent
  39. MF Grimm – The Hunt For The Gingerbread Man
  40. Chamillionaire – Ultimate Victory

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2008

  1. Q-Tip – The Renaissance
  2. Doomtree – Doomtree
  3. Elzhi – The Preface
  4. Ill Bill – The Hour Of Reprisal
  5. The Roots – Rising Down
  6. Immortal Technique – 3rd World
  7. J Live – Then What Happened?
  8. eMC – The Show
  9. Nas – Untitled
  10. Jake One – White Van Music
  11. Black Milk – Tronic
  12. Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak – Hand Over Fist
  13. Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh** Gold
  14. East Coast Avengers – Prison Planet
  15. Pacewon & Mr. Green – The Only Color That Matters Is Green
  16. Grip Grand – Brokelore
  17. People Under the Stairs – Fun DMC
  18. Johnson & Jonson – Johnson & Jonson
  19. Skillz – The Million Dollar Backpack
  20. Murs – Murs For President
  21. Invincible – Shapeshifters
  22. Raashan Ahmad – The Push
  23. Akrobatik – Absolute Value
  24. Reks – Grey Hairs
  25. Paris – Acid Reflex
  26. DJ Muggs & Planet Asia – Pain Language
  27. Torae – Daily Conversation
  28. Large Pro – Main Source
  29. Guilty Simpson – Ode To The Ghetto
  30. Ugly Duckling – Audacity
  31. Dagha – The Divorce
  32. Scarface – Emeritus
  33. Nappy Roots – The Humdinger
  34. Ice Cube – Raw Footage
  35. Killer Mike – I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II
  36. Murs & 9th Wonder – Sweet Lord
  37. Bun B – II Trill
  38. Jedi Mind Tricks – A History Of Violence
  39. AZ – Undeniable
  40. 9th Wonder & Buckshot – Tha Formula

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2009

  1. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
  2. Diamond District – In The Ruff
  3. P.O.S . – Never Better
  4. Felt – Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez
  5. Fashawn – Boy Meets World
  6. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt II
  7. Skyzoo – The Salvation
  8. J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid
  9. Brother Ali – Us
  10. Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel
  11. Finale – A Pipe Dream And A Promise
  12. Souls Of Mischief – Montezuma’s Revenge
  13. Blaq Poet – Tha Blaqprint
  14. Antipop Consortium – Fluorescent Black
  15. Paten Locke – Super Ramen Rocketship
  16. Eminem – Relapse
  17. Apathy – Wanna Snuggle?
  18. Toki Wright – A Different Mirror
  19. DOOM – Born Like This
  20. Mr. Lif – I Heard It Today
  21. Blame One – Days Chasing Days
  22. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati
  23. Superstar Quamallah – Invisible Man
  24. The Alchemist – Chemical Warfare
  25. Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse
  26. Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
  27. Del The Funky Homosapien – Funk Man: The Stimulus Package
  28. Illogic – Diabolical Fun
  29. Wale – Attention Deficit
  30. Ace & Edo – Arts & Entertainment
  31. Dynas – The Apartment
  32. Royce Da 5’9″ – Street Hop
  33. O.C. & A.G. – Oasis
  34. KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills
  35. B-Real – Smoke N Mirrors
  36. Jadakiss – The Last Kiss
  37. Jay Z – The Blueprint 3
  38. Five O’Clock Shadowboxers – The Slow Twilight
  39. Sha Stimuli – My Soul To Keep
  40. Kam Moye aka Supastition – Splitting Image

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2010

  1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. The Roots – How I Got Over
  3. Celph Titled & Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety-Now
  4. The Left – Gas Mask
  5. Kno – Death Is Silent
  6. Roc Marciano – Marcberg
  7. Skyzoo & !llmind – Live From The Tape Deck
  8. Boog Brown & Apollo Brown – Brown Study
  9. Black Milk – Album Of The Year
  10. Strong Arm Steady – In Search Of Stoney Jackson
  11. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
  12. Qwel & Maker – Owl
  13. Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package
  14. yU – Before Taxes
  15. Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
  16. MF Grimm – You Only Live Twice: The Audio Graphic Novel
  17. Nas & Damien Marley – Distant Relatives
  18. Gangrene – Gutter Water
  19. Blacastan – Blac Sabbath
  20. Rakaa Iriscience – Crown Of Thorns
  21. Guilty Simpson & Madlib – OJ Simpson
  22. 7L & Esoteric – 1212
  23. G&D – Someothaship
  24. Blame One – Endurance
  25. Vinnie Paz – Season Of The Assassin
  26. PackFM – I F*****’ Hate Rappers
  27. DJ Muggs & Ill Bill – Kill Devil Hills
  28. Murs & 9th Wonder – Fornever
  29. DJ Premier – Get Used To Us
  30. Bun B – Trill O.G.
  31. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute
  32. Eulorhythmics – Green St. & Avers
  33. Bop Alloy – Substantial & Marcus D Are Bop Alloy
  34. Homeboy Sandman – The Good Sun
  35. Brotha Lynch Hung – Dinner & A Movie
  36. Slum Village – Villa Manifesto
  37. Curren$y – Pilot Talk
  38. Deacon the Villain & Sheisty Khrist – N***** With Latitude
  39. Boho Fau & Elevated Soul – Coffee House Swinger
  40. Junk Science – A Miraculous Kind Of Machine

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2011

best hip hip 2011

  1. Thurz – L.A. Riots
  2. CunninLynguists – Oneirology
  3. Rashad & Confidence – The Element Of Surprise
  4. Common – The Dreamer / The Believer
  5. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
  6. Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
  7. Evidence – Cats & Dogs
  8. Phonte – Charity Starts At Home
  9. Doomtree – No Kings
  10. Murs – Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation
  11. J-Live – S.P.T.A. (Said Person Of That Ability)
  12. Superstar Quamallah & DeQawn – Talkin’ All That Jazz
  13. People Under The Stairs – Highlighter
  14. Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown – Daily Bread
  15. Apathy – Honkey Kong!
  16. Random Axe – Random Axe
  17. Has-Lo – In Case I Don’t Make It
  18. The Roots – Undun
  19. Qwazaar & Batsauce – Bat Meets Blaine
  20. R.E.K.S. – Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme
  21. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  22. Killer Mike  – PL3DGE
  23. Action Bronson – Dr. Lecter
  24. Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Gonna Eat That?
  25. DC The Midi Alien – East Coast Avengers Present Avengers Airwaves
  26. Royce Da 5’9″ – Success Is Certain
  27. The Doppelgangaz – Lone Sharks
  28. Malcolm & Martin – Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
  29. Talib Kweli – Gutter Rainbows
  30. ScHoolboy Q – Setbacks
  31. Atmosphere – The Family Sign
  32. KRS-One & Bumpy Knuckles – Royalty Check
  33. 9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
  34. J. Cole – Cole World: A Sideline Story
  35. Blaq Poet – Blaq Poet Society
  36. Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done
  37. Joell Ortiz – Free Agent
  38. Heavy Metal Kings – Heavy Metal Kings
  39. Tech N9ne – All 6’s & 7’s
  40. Animal Farm – Culture Shock

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2012

best hip hop 2012

  1. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  2. Billy Woods – History Will Absolve Me
  3. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
  4. Rapsody – The Idea Of Beautiful
  5. Roc Marciano – Reloaded
  6. Nas – Life Is Good
  7. O.C. & Apollo Brown – Trophies
  8. Big K.R.I.T. – Live From The Underground
  9. Sean Price – Mic Tyson
  10. Ab-Soul – Control System
  11. Purpose & Confidence – Purpose Of Confidence
  12. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  13. Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson – Dice Game
  14. Pacewon & Mr. Green – The Only Number That Matters Is Won
  15. Constant Deviants – Diamond
  16. Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color
  17. Evitan – Speed Of Life
  18. Oddisee – People Hear What They Wanna Hear
  19. Aesop Rock – Skelethon
  20. MHz – MHz Legacy
  21. Styles Of Beyond – Reseda Beach
  22. Beneficence – Concrete Soul
  23. DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – KoleXXXion
  24. Oh No – Ohnomite
  25. Reks – Straight, No Chaser
  26. Substantial – Home Is Where the Art Is
  27. Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca
  28. Propo 88 & Blabbermouf – From The Top Of The Stack
  29. Large Professor – Professor @ Large
  30. Masta Ace & MF DOOM – MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne
  31. Murs & 9th Wonder – The Final Adventure
  32. Showbiz & A.G. – Mugshot Music
  33. La Coka Nostra – Masters Of The Dark Arts
  34. Ka – Grief Pedigree
  35. Vinnie Paz – God Of The Serengeti
  36. Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred
  37. KRS-One – The BDP Album
  38. Homeboy Sandman – First Of A Living Breed
  39. Public Enemy – Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp
  40. Chino XL – Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2013

  1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
  2. Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die
  3. Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise
  4. Czarface – Czarface
  5. Billy Woods – Dour Candy
  6. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  7. Prodigy & The Alchemist – Albert Einstein
  8. Demigodz – KILLmatic
  9. R.A. The Rugged Man – Legends Never Die
  10. Clear Soul Forces- Gold PP7s
  11. Boog Brown – The Late Bloom
  12. Ugly Heroes – Ugly Heroes
  13. Deltron 3030 – Event 2
  14. DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – The Foremost
  15. Roc Marciano – Marci Beaucoup
  16. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
  17. Natti – Still Motion
  18. Hieroglyphics – The Kitchen
  19. Oddisee – Tangible Dream
  20. Ill Bill – The Grimy Awards
  21. L’Orange & Stik Figa – The City Under The City
  22. Blame One & J57 – Walk In The Sun
  23. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 2
  24. Cubbiebear – Force Back To Sleep
  25. Armand Hammer – Race Music
  26. Qwel & Maker – Beautiful Raw
  27. Marco Polo – PA2: The Director’s Cut
  28. Uptown XO – Colour De Grey
  29. J-Zone – Peter Pan Syndrome
  30. Ka – The Night’s Gambit
  31. Papoose – The Nacirema Dream
  32. Greenhouse – Bend But Don’t Break
  33. Statik Selektah – Extended Play
  34. Epidemic – Somethin For Tha Listeners
  35. J Cole – Born Sinner
  36. Freddie Gibbs – ESGN
  37. Illogic & Blockhead – Capture The Sun
  38. Talib Kweli- Gravitas
  39. Esoteric & Stu Bangas – Machete Mode
  40. Daz & WC – West Coast Gangsta Sh*t

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2014

  1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
  2. Freddie Gibs & Madlib – Pinata
  3. Pharoahe Monch – PTSD
  4. Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography
  5. Damani Nkosi – Thoughtful King
  6. Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
  7. Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica
  8. Sage Francis – Copper Gone
  9. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
  10. Skyzoo & Torae – Barrel Brothers
  11. People Under The Stairs – 12 Step Program
  12. Tiff The Gift – Better To Give
  13. Uncommon Nasa – New York Telephone
  14. J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  15. Dag Savage – E&J
  16. PRhyme -PRhyme
  17. Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons
  18. Step Brothers – Lord Steppington
  19. Army Of The Pharaohs – In Death Reborn
  20. Diamond District – March On Washington
  21. Statik Selektah – What Goes Around
  22. Black Milk- If There’s A Hell Below
  23. J-Live – Around The Sun
  24. Intuition & Equalibrum – Intuition & Equalibrum
  25. Common – Nobody’s Smiling
  26. YG – My Krazy Life
  27. Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM- NehruvianDOOM
  28. Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Blasphemy
  29. Diamond D – The Diam Piece
  30. Cormega – Mega Philosophy
  31. Ab-Soul – These Days
  32. Mobb Deep – The Infamous Mobb Deep
  33. Atmosphere – Southsiders
  34. Souls Of Mischief – There Is Only Now
  35. Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
  36. Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild – Silk Pyramids
  37. uMaNg – The Black Rose Certificate
  38. Rozewood – The Ghost Of Radio Raheem
  39. Emskee & E The 5th – The Marc Smith LP
  40. Planet Asia & TzariZM – Via Satellite

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$
  3. Czarface – Every Hero Needs A Villain
  4. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
  5. Scarface – Deeply Rooted
  6. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  7. Apollo Brown – Grandeur
  8. Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth
  9. Oddisee – The Good Fight
  10. Skyzoo – Music For My Friends
  11. Finale – Odds & Ends
  12. Kirk Knight – Late Knight Special
  13. Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz – Home Sweet Home
  14. Gangrene – You Disgust Me
  15. Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die II
  16. Georgia Anne Muldrow – A Thoughtiverse Unmarred
  17. Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Sour Soul
  18. Billy Woods – Today I Wrote Nothing
  19. Monday/Friday – Monday/Friday
  20. Edo. G – Afterwords
  21. Semi Hendrix – Breakfast At Banksy’s
  22. Camp Lo – Ragtime Hightimes
  23. Junk Science – And The Hundred Dollar Sandwich
  24. Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful
  25. Jedi Mind Tricks – The Thief And The Fallen
  26. Jay Rock – 90059
  27. Dr. Yen Lo – Days With Dr. Yen Lo
  28. The Game – The Documentary 2/2.5
  29. Cannibal Ox – Blade Of The Ronin
  30. MED, Blu & Madlib – Bad Neighbor
  31. Slum Village – Yes!
  32. Murs – Have A Nice Life
  33. Joe Budden – All Love Lost
  34. Doomtree – All Hands
  35. Fashawn – The Ecology
  36. Dr Dre – Compton
  37. Quelle Chris- Innocent Country
  38. Pusha T – King Push — Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
  39. Wale – The Album About Nothing
  40. Public Enemy – Man Plans God Laughs

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2016

  1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
  2. Common – Black America Again
  3. Ryu – Tanks For The Memories
  4. Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – The Easy Truth
  5. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
  6. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
  7. Czarface – A Fistful Of Peril
  8. Elzhi – Lead Poison
  9. Ab-Soul – Do What Thou Wilt
  10. Torae – Entitled
  11. Kool Keith – Feature Magnetic
  12. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  13. L’Orange & Mr. Lif – The Life & Death Of Scenery
  14. Royce 5’9″ – Layers
  15. Havoc & The Alchemist – The Silent Partner
  16. Apathy – Handshakes With Snakes
  17. De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
  18. Reks – The Greatest X
  19. D.I.T.C. – D.I.T.C. Sessions
  20. Ugly Heroes – Everything In Between
  21. Westside Gunn – FLYGOD
  22. J Dilla – The Diary
  23. Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down
  24. Masta Ace – The Falling Season
  25. Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade
  26. Nyck Caution – Disguise The Limit
  27. ScHoolboy Q – The Blank Face LP
  28. Smoke DZA & Pete Rock – Don’t Smoke Rock
  29. Craig G – I Rap And Go Home
  30. Termanology – More Politics
  31. Joe Budden – Rage & The Machine
  32. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
  33. Ka – Honor Killed The Samurai
  34. Atmosphere – Fishing Blues
  35. Homeboy Sandman – Kindness For Weakness
  36. Flatbush Zombies – 3001: A Laced Odyssey
  37. The Game – 1992
  38. Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked – StatikKXNG
  39. Wise Intelligent – Stevie Bonneville Wallace
  40. Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2017

  1. Billy Woods – Known Unknowns
  2. CunninLynguists – Rose Azura Njano
  3. O.C. – Same Moon Same Sun
  4. Sean Price – Imperius Rex
  5. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  6. Hex One Words – Worth A Thousand Pictures
  7. Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time
  8. Jay-Z – 4:44
  9. Blacastan & Stu Bangas – The Uncanny Adventures Of Watson & Holmes
  10. Hus Kingpin – Cocaine Beach
  11. Armand Hammer – Rome
  12. Brother Ali – All The Beauty In This Life
  13. MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West
  14. Apathy & O.C. – Perestroika
  15. Jonwayne – Rap Album Two
  16. Nolan The Ninja – Yen
  17. P.O.S – Chill, Dummy
  18. Milo – Who Told You to Think​?
  19. Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge
  20. Apollo Brown & Planet Asia – Anchovies
  21. Edo. G – FreEDOm
  22. Raekwon – The Wild
  23. Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs – Gems From The Equinox
  24. Joey Bada$$ – All AmeriKKKan Bada$$
  25. Slaine & Termanology – Anti-Hero
  26. Your Old Droog – Packs
  27. KRS-One – The World Is Mind
  28. Finale & Fel Sweetenberg – Two Kings
  29. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  30. Oddisee – The Iceberg
  31. Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don
  32. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000
  33. Binary Star – WaterWorld III
  34. Big Boi – Boomiverse
  35. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
  36. Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy
  37. Quelle Chris – Being You Is Great… I Wish I Could Be You More Often
  38. Public Enemy – Nothing Is Quick In The Desert
  39. Talib Kweli – Radio Silence
  40. Snoop Dogg – Neva Left

Top 60 Hip Hop Albums 2018

  1. O.C. – A New Dawn
  2. B.E.N.N.Y. – Tana Talk 3
  3. August Greene – August Greene
  4. Evidence – Weather Or Not
  5. Masta Ace & Marco Polo – A Breukelen Story
  6. Chuck Strangers – Consumers Park
  7. Armand Hammer – Paraffin
  8. Czarface & MF DOOM – Czarface Meets Metal Face
  9. Saba – Care For Me
  10. Westside Gunn – Supreme Blientele
  11. Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps…
  12. Apathy – The Widow’s Son
  13. Skyzoo – In Celebration Of Us
  14. Logic – YSIV
  15. Vic Spencer & SonnyJim – Spencer For Higher
  16. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
  17. Roc Marciano – RR2: The Bitter Dose
  18. Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz – Mona Lisa
  19. Blueprint – Two-Headed Monster
  20. Phonte – No News Is Good News
  21. Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
  22. Royce 5’9″ – The Book Of Ryan
  23. Elzhi & Khrysis are Jericho Jackson – Jericho Jackson
  24. Roc Marciano – Behold A Dark Horse
  25. PRhyme – PRhyme 2
  26. Jay Rock – Redemption
  27. Jedi Mind Tricks The Bridge & The Abyss
  28. AG – The Taste Of AMBrosia
  29. Soul Assassins – Dia Del Asesinato
  30. Showbiz – A-Room Therapy
  31. Zilla Rocca – Future Former Rapper
  32. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Everything’s Fine
  33. Hermit & The Recluse – Orpheus vs. The Sirens
  34. Cypress Hill – Elephants On Acid
  35. Kooley High –Not Coming Down
  36. Marlowe – Marlowe
  37. U-God – Venom
  38. DJ Muggs & Roc Marciano – Kaos
  39. Atmosphere – Mi Vida Loca
  40. Planet Asia – Mansa Musa
  41. Dave East & Styles P – Beloved
  42. Ghostface Killah – The Lost Tapes
  43. Eminem – Kamikaze
  44. Vinnie Paz – The Pain Collector
  45. Noname – Room 25
  46. The Doppelgangaz – Aaaaggghh
  47. Last Emperor – Jungle Jim Season 1
  48. Murs – A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable
  49. Lupe Fiasco – DROGAS Wave
  50. Jaysaun – Kill Ya Boss
  51. Ice Cube Everythang’s Corrupt
  52. Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh – Son Of G Rap
  53. Pete Flux & Parental – Infinite Growth
  54. Del The Funky Homosapien & Amp Live – Gate 13
  55. Andy Cooper – The Layered Effect
  56. Reef The Lost Cauze – The Majestic
  57. Binary Star – Lighty/Ears Apart
  58. JPEGMAFIA – Veteran
  59. J.I.D – DiCaprio 2
  60. Chuck D as Mistachuck – Celebration Of Ignorance

* Excluded are mixtapes, EP’s (like Black Thought’s excellent Stream Of Thought EP’s) and releases billed as albums that are actually EP’s (like Nas’ Nasir, Pusha T’s Daytona, Vince Staples’ FM! and Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist’ Fetti).

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2019 (Work In Progress)

  1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
  2. Epic Beard Men – This Was Supposed To Be Fun
  3. Czarface & Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface Killah
  4. SOL Development – The SOL Of Black Folk
  5. Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium
  6. Blu & Oh No – A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night
  7. Bronx Slang – Bronx Slang
  8. billy woods & Kenny Segal – Hiding Places
  9. A.J. Munson – Cigarettes & Coffee
  10. The Good People – Good for Nuthin’
  11. Your Old Droog – It Wasn’t Even Close
  12. Little Simz – Grey Area
  13. Dope Knife – Things Got Worse
  14. Papoose – Underrated
  15. Clear Soul – Forces Still
  16. Choosey & Exile – Black Beans
  17. Truth – The Fight For Survival
  18. Dave – PSYCHODRAMA
  19. Westside Gunn – FLYGOD Is An Awesome GOD
  20. Smif-N-Wessun – The All
  21. Kool Keith – KEITH
  22. Erick Sermon – Vernia
  23. People Under The Stairs – Sincerely, The P
  24. Flee Lord – Gets Greater Later
  25. Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken
  26. Injury Reserve – Injury Reserve
  27. The Legion – Three The Bronx Way
  28. Diabolic – The Disconnect
  29. Pivot Gang – You Can’t Sit With Us
  30. Blockhead – Free Sweatpants
  31. Zilla Roc – 96 Mentality
  32. Quelle Chris – Guns
  33. DJ Muggs & Eto – Hell’s Roof
  34. Diamond D – The Diam Piece 2
  35. Bun B & Statik Selektah – TrillStatik
  36. Chris Orrick – Out To Sea
  37. Vinnie Paz & Tragedy Khadafi – Camouflage Regime
  38. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Iz Here
  39. Keith Murray – Lord Of The Metaphor 2
  40. Big Tone & House Shoes – Big Shoes

Honorable Mentions:

  • Sean Strange – Street Urchin 2
  • Mathematik – ReAL​/​iS​-​HiM
  • AYOK – 2K19
  • A.M. Breakups – Soldier
  • Your Old Droog – Transportation
  • Avatar – Vox Populi
  • Blackfist – World Manumission Defense
  • Smoovth – Young Smoovth
  • Tech N9ne – N9NA
  • Jim Jones – El Capo
  • Styles P – S.P. The GOAT: Ghost Of All Time
  • Lingo – Chance Of A Lifetime
  • Tha God Fahim – Soul Dust
  • Ankhlejohn – A-Cold-World
  • A-Plus & Knobody – Grow Theory
  • Tree & Vic Spencer Nothing Is Something
  • MED & Guilty Simpson – Child Of The Jungle
  • Suga Free – The Ressurection
  • YG – 4Real 4Real
  • Kota The Friend – Foto
  • K.A.A.N. Gathering
  • Nolan The Ninja – SPORTEE
  • Ca$his – The Art Of Living
  • Beast Coast – Escape From New York
  • Megan Thee Stallion – Fever
  • Denzel Curry – ZUU
  • Wilma Vritra – Burd
  • Kill Bill & Rav – New Moon
  • Eto & Superior – Long Story Short
  • Tree & Parallel – Thought The Wild End
  • Justo The MC & Maticulous – Mind Of A Man
  • Crimeapple & DJ Skizz – Wet Dirt
  • DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy – Tuez Les Tous
  • Touch & The Dirty Sample – Jawz
  • Jack Jetson & Illinformed – Strange Cinema
  • Ramson Badbonez – Mic Day The 13th
  • Nadia Nakia – Nadia Naked
  • Tyler, The Creator – Igor

Last updated 7.15.19

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