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The Best Hip Hop Albums Ever

the best hip hop albums ever

At HHGA we love lists. This The Best Hip Hop Albums Ever list is the ultimate one. Most of the lists on this site are composed factoring in things such as popularity & sales figures and historical & cultural impact, but only to an extent. We think best-selling does not necessarily mean best. Our lists are largely based on personal preferences, and of course on our expert opinions about what exactly is quality Hip Hop;). Any list is that is not completely based on objectively measurable facts and figures is subjective by definition. So because of this subjectivity, all the lists you can find on this site are debatable – and that is just what they are intended for. Nothing better than discussing subjects you’re passionate about – if nothing else it helps keep the music we all love alive.

This article serves as a reference for all those who want a comprehensive overview of the best Hip Hop albums ever, and it is also a gateway deeper into the HHGA site. Every list comes with a link to a top 40 page for each year, where you can find short albums reviews and dozens of honorable mentions. Dive deep into those lists, and no doubt you will find lots of excellent Hip Hop albums you have never listened to before. If you discover new favorites, let us know in the comments!  Now, let’s get into it – go check out this list with the best Hip Hop albums ever released.

Top 15 Hip Hop Albums 1980 - 1985

the best hip hop albums ever

  1. LL Cool J – Radio (1985)
  2. Run DMC – Run DMC (1984)
  3. Mantronix – The Album (1985)
  4. Run DMC – King Of Rock (1985)
  5. Whodini – Escape (1984)
  6. Wild Style Soundtrack (1983)
  7. Treacherous Three – Treacherous Three (1983)
  8. Fat Boys – Fat Boys (1984)
  9. UTFO – UTFO (1985)
  10. Kurtis Blow – Kurtis Blow (1980)
  11. Fat Boys – The Fat Boys Are Back (1985)
  12. Whodini – Whodini (1983)
  13. West Coast Crew – In The Mix (1985)
  14. Kurtis Blow – Ego Trip (1984)
  15. The Sequence – Sugar Hill Presents The Sequence (1980)

Top 15 Hip Hop Albums 1986

the best hip hop albums ever

  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
  11. Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock The Album
  12. Steady B – Bring The Beat Back
  13. Kool Moe Dee – Kool Moe Dee
  14. Whodini – Back In Black
  15. Fat Boys – Big & Beautiful

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

Top 20 Hip Hop Albums 1987

the best hip hop albums ever

  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

the best hip hop albums ever

  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. Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader
  6. Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane
  7. Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary
  8. EPMD – Strictly 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

the best hip hop albums ever

  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

the best hip hop albums ever

  1. Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
  2. Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
  3. Paris – The Devil Made Me Do It
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm
  5. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
  6. Eric B & Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit Em
  7. Lord Finesse – Funky Technician
  8. Brand Nubian – All For One
  9. Above The Law – Livin’ Like Hustlers
  10. Kool G Rap – Wanted Dead Or Alive
  11. Boogie Down Productions – Edutainment
  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

the best hip hop albums ever

  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. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill
  7. Main Source – Breaking Atoms
  8. Black Sheep – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
  9. Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black
  10. Naughty By Nature – Naughty By Nature
  11. Organized Konfusion – Organized Konfusion
  12. Scarface – Mr Scarface Is Back
  13. Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped
  14. DJ Quik – Quik Is The Name
  15. Del The Funky Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here
  16. NWA – Efil4zaggin
  17. Leaders Of The New School – A Future Without A Past
  18. 2Pac – 2Pacalypse Now
  19. Ed OG & Da Bulldoggs – Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto
  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

the best hip hop albums ever

  1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca & The Soul Brother
  2. Dr Dre – The Chronic
  3. The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II…
  4. Showbiz $ AG – Runaway Slave
  5. Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics – Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop
  6. Compton’s Most Wanted – Music To Driveby
  7. Gang Starr – Daily Operation
  8. Redman – Whut? Thee Album
  9. Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique
  10. Arrested Development – 3 Years. 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of…
  11. Hard Knocks – School Of Hard Knocks
  12. Boogie Down Productions – Sex And Violence
  13. Ice Cube – The Predator
  14. Beastie Boys – Check Your Head
  15. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Live And Let Die
  16. Paris – Sleeping With The Enemy
  17. Lord Finesse – Return Of The Funky Man
  18. EPMD – Business, Never Personal
  19. Das EFX- Dead Serious
  20. Positive K – The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills
  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

best hip hop 1994

  1. Nas – Illmatic
  2. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
  3. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Main Ingredient
  4. OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  5. O.C. – Word… Life
  6. Jeru The Damaja – The Sun Rises In The East
  7. Common – Resurrection
  8. Gang Starr – Hard To Earn
  9. Scarface – The Diary
  10. Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda
  11. Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep
  12. Dred Scott – Breakin’ Combs
  13. Digable Planets – Blowout Comb
  14. UGK – Super Tight
  15. The Beatnuts – Street Level
  16. Method Man – Tical
  17. The Coup – Genocide & Juice
  18. Warren G – Regulate… G Funk Era
  19. Redman – Dare Iz A Darkside
  20. Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
  21. KMD – Black Bastards
  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. GZA – Liquid Swords
  3. The Pharcyde – Lacabincalifornia
  4. Mobb Deep – The Infamous
  5. 2Pac – Me Against The World
  6. Goodie Mob – Soul Food
  7. Big L – Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous
  8. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers
  9. Bone Thugs N Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal
  10. Smif N Wessun – Dah Shinin
  11. KRS One – KRS One
  12. DJ Quik – Safe + Sound
  13. Aceyalone – All Balls Don’t Bounce
  14. AZ – Doe Or Die
  15. Tha Dogg Pound – Dogg Food
  16. The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??!
  17. Show & AG – Goodfellas
  18. E-40 – In A Major Way
  19. Eightball & MJG – On Top Of The World
  20. WC & The MAAD Circle – Curb Servin
  21. Kool G Rap – 4,5,6
  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. OutKast – ATLiens
  2. The Roots – Illadelph Halflife
  3. De La Soul – Stakes Is Higher
  4. Dr Octagon – Dr Octagonecologyst
  5. The Fugees – The Score
  6. Nas- It Was Written
  7. Ghostface Killah – Ironman
  8. Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt
  9. 2Pac – All Eyez On Me
  10. Redman – Muddy Waters
  11. UGK – Ridin’ Dirty
  12. Jeru The Damaja – Wrath Of The Math
  13. DJ Shadow – Entroducing
  14. Makaveli – The Don Killuminati The Seven Day Theory
  15. Ras Kass – Soul On Ice
  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

  1. Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus
  2. Camp Lo – Uptown Saturday Night
  3. Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever
  4. The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
  5. Mood – Doom
  6. O.C. – Jewelz
  7. Common – One Day It’ll All Make Sense
  8. Cru – Da Dirty 30
  9. Capone-N-Noreaga – The War Report
  10. Jedi Mind Tricks – The Psycho-Social […]
  11. Scarface – The Untouchable
  12. Kool Keith – Sex Style
  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 – Equinox
  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

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions.

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1998

  1. Black Star – Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
  2. OutKast – Aquemini
  3. Gang Starr – Moment Of Truth
  4. Big Pun – Capital Punishment
  5. All Natural – No Additives, No Preservatives
  6. Styles Of Beyond – 2000 Fold
  7. Aceyalone – A Book Of Human Language
  8. People Under The Stairs – The Next Step
  9. DMX – It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot
  10. Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
  11. Hieroglyphics – 3rd Eye Vision
  12. Jurassic 5 – Jurassic 5
  13. Goodie Mob – Still Standing
  14. Xzibit – 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
  15. The Coup – Steal This Album
  16. The Dynospectrum – The Dynospectrum
  17. Pete Rock – Soul Survivor
  18. Killah Priest – Heavy Mental
  19. Jay Z- Vol 2… Hard Knock Life
  20. Rasco – Time Waits For No Man
  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

Check here for the full list + videos & honorable mentions.

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. Pharoahe Monch – Internal Affairs
  6. Dr Dre – 2001
  7. Dr. Dooom – First Come, First Served
  8. Blackalicious – Nia
  9. Prince Paul – A Prince Among Thieves
  10. Lootpack – Soundpieces: Da Antidote
  11. Method Man & Redman – Blackout!
  12. Handsome B-boy Modelling School – So How’s Your Girl
  13. Jeru The Damaja – Heroz4Hire
  14. Inspectah Deck – Uncontrolled Substance
  15. Various Artists – Rawkus Presents: Soundbombing II
  16. Kurupt – Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha
  17. Nas – I Am…
  18. Q-Tip – Amplified
  19. Slick Rick – The Art Of Storytelling
  20. Arsonists – As The World Burns
  21. Ice T – 7th Deadly Sin
  22. The High & The Mighty – Home Field Advantage
  23. Peanut Butter Wolf – My Vinyl Weighs A Ton
  24. Public Enemy – There’s A Poison Goin’ On
  25. Rakim – The Master
  26. Mobb Deep – Murda Muzik
  27. Jay Z – Vol 3… Life & Times Of S. Carter
  28. Kool Keith – Black Elvis / Lost In Space
  29. GZA – Beneath The Surface
  30. Eightball & M.J.G. – In Our Lifetime
  31. Tech N9ne – The Calm Before The Storm
  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. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
  2. Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030
  3. Common – Like Water For Chocolate
  4. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
  5. OutKast – Stankonia
  6. Reflection Eternal – Train Of Thought
  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

  1. J-Live – The Best Part
  2. Jay-Z – The Blueprint
  3. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein
  4. Masta Ace – Disposable Arts
  5. Nas – Stillmatic
  6. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 1
  7. Aesop Rock – Labor Days
  8. Ugly Duckling – Journey To Anywhere
  9. CunninLynguists – Will Rap For Food
  10. Asheru & Blue Black – Soon Come
  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. Sticky Fingaz – [Blacktrash] The Autobiography of Kirk Jones
  19. All Natural – Second Nature
  20. RZA – Digital Bullet
  21. Declaime – Andsoitisaid
  22. Ghostface Killah – Bulletproof Wallets
  23. Lone Catalysts – Hip Hop
  24. Eyedea & Abilities – First Born
  25. Beanie Sigel – The Reason
  26. De La Soul – AOI: Bionix
  27. Wu-Tang Clan – Iron Flag
  28. KRS-One – The Sneak Attack
  29. Dilated Peoples – Expansion Team
  30. Typical Cats – Typical Cats
  31. Sm*t Peddlers – Porn Again
  32. Aceyalone – Accepted Eclectic
  33. Kankick – From Artz Unknown
  34. Cypress Hill – Stoned Raiders
  35. Killah Priest – Priesthood
  36. Dungeon Family – Even In Darkness
  37. Mr. Len – Pity The Fool
  38. J-Zone – Pimps Don’t Pay Taxes
  39. The Lost Children Of Babylon – Where Light Was Created: The Equidivium
  40. Tunnel Rats – Tunnel Vision

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2002

  1. J-Live – All Of The Above
  2. Mr. Lif – I Phantom
  3. El-P – Fantastic Damage
  4. Nas – The Lost Tapes
  5. Eminem – The Eminem Show
  6. Scarface – The Fix
  7. Jurassic 5 – Power In Numbers
  8. Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow
  9. Nas – God’s Son
  10. Non Phixion – The Future Is Now
  11. Sage Francis – Personal Journals
  12. Busdriver – Temporary Forever
  13. Talib Kweli – Quality
  14. Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly
  15. The Roots – Phrenology
  16. People Under The Stairs – O.S.T.
  17. Cormega – The True Meaning
  18. Large Professor – 1st Class
  19. GZA – Legend Of The Liquid Sword
  20. Deepspace5 – The Night We Called It A Day
  21. Dälek – From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griots
  22. Insight – Updated Software V. 2,5
  23. Edan – Primitive Plus
  24. Canibus – Mic Club: The Curriculum
  25. MF Grimm – The Downfall Of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera
  26. 7L & Esoteric – Dangerous Connection
  27. Alias – The Other Side Of The Looking Glass
  28. Clipse – Lord Willin’
  29. Archetype – Freehand Formula
  30. DJ Quik – Under Tha Influence
  31. Nappy Roots – Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
  32. Jean Grae – Attack Of The Attacking Things…
  33. Cage – Movies For The Blind
  34. Motion Man ft. KutMasta Kurt – Clearing The Field
  35. Royce Da 5’9″ – Rock City
  36. DJ Jazzy Jeff – The Magnificent
  37. Kool G Rap – The Giancana Story
  38. Boot Camp Clik – The Chosen Few
  39. Busta Rhymes – It Ain’t Safe No More…
  40. Jay-Z – The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2003

  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. Ugly Duckling – Taste The Secret
  8. Non Prophets – Hope
  9. 50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
  10. CunninLynguists – Southernunderground
  11. Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner
  12. The Last Emperor – Music, Magic, Myth
  13. Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth
  14. Gang Starr – The Ownerz
  15. Louis Logic – Sin-A-Matic
  16. King Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader
  17. OutKast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
  18. Murs – The End Of The Beginning
  19. Jaylib – Champion Sound
  20. KRS-One – Kristyles
  21. Danger Mouse & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life
  22. Soul Position – 8 Million Stories
  23. Jedi Mind Tricks – Visions Of Gandhi
  24. T.I. – Trap Muzik
  25. Paris – Sonic Jihad
  26. Lightheaded – Pure Thoughts
  27. Killer Mike – Monster
  28. The High & Mighty – The Highlite Zone
  29. Killah Priest – Black August
  30. Vakill – The Darkest Cloud
  31. Insight – The Maysun Project
  32. Soul Supreme – The Saturday Nite Agenda
  33. Atmosphere – Seven’s Travels
  34. Cyne – Time Being
  35. Akrobatik – Balance
  36. Semi.Official – The Anti-Album
  37. Jeru The Damaja – Divine Design
  38. Hieroglyphics – Full Circle
  39. billy woods – Camouflage
  40. Nappy Roots – Wooden Leather

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 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. P.O.S – Ipecac Neat
  7. Murs & 9th Wonder – Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition
  8. MF DOOM – Mm.. Food
  9. Foreign Exchange – Connected
  10. Jean Grae – This Week
  11. The U.N. – UN Or U Out
  12. The Roots – The Tipping Point
  13. R.A. the Rugged Man – Die, Rugged Man, Die
  14. Royce Da 5’9″ – Death Is Certain
  15. Ghostface Killah – The Pretty Tony Album
  16. Edo. G feat. Pete Rock – My Own Worst Enemy
  17. Gift Of Gab – 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up
  18. Nas – Street’s Disciple
  19. Beastie Boys – To The 5 Boroughs
  20. Time Machine – Slow Your Roll
  21. Shock G – Fear Of A Mixed Planet
  22. Masta Killa – No Said Date
  23. Jedi Mind Tricks – Legacy Of Blood
  24. Illogic – Celestial Clockwork
  25. Ill Bill – What’s Wrong With Bill?
  26. Visionaries – Pangaea
  27. Leak Bros. – Waterworld
  28. Rob Sonic – Telicatessen
  29. Braille – Shades Of Grey
  30. Blue Scholars – Blue Scholars
  31. Insight – The Blast Radius
  32. Dizzee Rascal – Showtime
  33. Typical Cats – Civil Service
  34. billy woods – The Chalice
  35. 7L & Esoteric – DC2: Bars of Death
  36. Non Phixion – The Green CD
  37. Oh No – The Disrupt
  38. Crown City Rockers – Earthtones
  39. Dilated Peoples – Neighborhood Watch
  40. Micranots – The Emperor & The Assassin

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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. Sage Francis – A Healthy Distrust
  21. The Crest – Skeptik
  22. Blackalicious – The Craft
  23. Qwel & Jackson Jones – Dark Day
  24. Fort Minor – The Rising Tied
  25. Cyne – Evolution Fight
  26. Shad – When This Is Over
  27. Common Market – Common Market
  28. K’naan – The Dusty Foot Philosopher
  29. Lone Catalysts – Good Music
  30. Dälek – Absence
  31. Busdriver – Fear Of A Black Tangent
  32. Sims – Lights Out Paris
  33. Geto Boys – The Foundation
  34. Reef The Lost Cauze – Feast Or Famine
  35. J-Live – The Hear After
  36. The Circle Of Tyrants – The Circle Of Tyrants
  37. Black Market Militia – Black Market Militia
  38. Tonedeff – Archetype
  39. Three 6 Mafia – Most Known Unknown
  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. Ugly Duckling – Bang For The Buck
  11. MF Grimm – American Hunger
  12. Apathy – Eastern Philosophy
  13. Project Polaroid – Project Polaroid
  14. Murs & 9th Wonder – Murray’s Revenge
  15. Army Of The Pharaohs – The Torture Papers
  16. J Dilla – The Shining
  17. Mekalek – Live & Learn
  18. P.O.S – Audition
  19. 7L & Esoteric – A New Dope
  20. Kool Keith – Nogatco Rd.
  21. Modill – Midnight Green
  22. Ghostface Killah – More Fish
  23. Panacea – Ink Is My Drink
  24. Akir – Legacy
  25. Tanya Morgan – Moonlighting
  26. Dilated Peoples – 20/20
  27. Steady Diggin Workshop – Let’s Go Steady
  28. Oh No – Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms
  29. Mr. Lif – Mo Mega
  30. Surreal & The Sound Providers – True Indeed
  31. Aceyalone – Magnificent City
  32. KRS One – Life
  33. Rhymefest – Blue Collar
  34. Method Man – 4:21… The Day After
  35. The Game – Doctor’s Advocate
  36. Strange Fruit Project – The Healing
  37. J-Zone & Celph Titled Are The Boss Hog Barbarians ‎- Every Hog Has Its Day
  38. Jurassic 5 – Feedback
  39. Psalm One – The Death Of Frequent Flyer
  40. OutKast – Idlewild

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 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. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
  7. Kanye West – Graduation
  8. Cunninlynguists – Dirty Acres
  9. Talib Kweli – Eardrum
  10. Senim Silla – The Name The Motto The Outcome
  11. Shad – The Old Prince
  12. Y Society – Travel At Your Own Pace
  13. El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
  14. Common – Finding Forever
  15. Evidence – The Weatherman LP
  16. UGK – Underground Kingz
  17. Jay-Z – American Gangster
  18. Sage Francis – Human The Death Dance
  19. Black Milk – Popular Demand
  20. Little Brother – Getback
  21. Ohmega Watts – Watts Happening
  22. Ghostface Killah – The Big Doe Rehab
  23. Polyrhythm Addicts – Break Glass
  24. Sean Price – Jesus Price Supastar
  25. Army Of The Pharaohs – Ritual Of Battle
  26. Panacea – The Scenic Route
  27. Blue Scholars – Bayani
  28. One Be Lo – The R.E.B.I.R.T.H.
  29. Phat Kat – Carte Blanche
  30. Scarface – M.A.D.E.
  31. Public Enemy – How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???
  32. Killah Priest – The Offering
  33. Redman – Red Gone Wild
  34. DJ Jazzy Jeff – The Return Of The Magnificent
  35. Super Chron Flight Brothers – Emergency Powers
  36. Jeru The Damaja – Still Rising
  37. KRS-One & Marley Marl – Hip Hop Lives
  38. Camp Lo – Black Hollywood
  39. Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams
  40. A-Plus – My Last Good

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2008

  1. Q-Tip – The Renaissance
  2. Grip Grand – Brokelore
  3. Prolyphic & Reanimator – The Ugly Truth
  4. Elzhi – The Preface
  5. The Roots – Rising Down
  6. Doomtree – Doomtree
  7. Immortal Technique – 3rd World
  8. J-Live – Then What Happened?
  9. eMC – The Show
  10. Nas – Untitled
  11. Jake One – White Van Music
  12. Black Milk – Tronic
  13. Dela – Changes Of Atmosphere
  14. Invincible – Shapeshifters
  15. Ill Bill – The Hour Of Reprisal
  16. Vordul Mega – Megagraphitti
  17. Cyne – Pretty Dark Things
  18. Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak – Hand Over Fist
  19. Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh** Gold
  20. Dagha – The Divorce
  21. East Coast Avengers – Prison Planet
  22. Vast Aire – Dueces Wild
  23. Pacewon & Mr. Green – The Only Color That Matters Is Green
  24. People Under the Stairs – Fun DMC
  25. Johnson & Jonson – Johnson & Jonson
  26. Common Market – Tobacco Road
  27. Killer Mike – I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II
  28. Kenny Segal – Ken Can Cook
  29. Thirsty Fish – Testing The Waters
  30. Kool Keith – Dr. Dooom 2
  31. Jedi Mind Tricks – A History Of Violence
  32. Awon – Beautiful Loser
  33. Murs – Murs For President
  34. Akrobatik – Absolute Value
  35. Reks – Grey Hairs
  36. Paris – Acid Reflex
  37. Substantial – Sacrifice
  38. Snowgoons – Black Snow
  39. Craig G & Marley Marl – Operation Take Back Hip-Hop
  40. KRS-One – Maximum Strength

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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. Killah Priest – Elizabeth (Introduction To The Psychic)
  13. People Under The Stairs – Carried Away
  14. Oddisee – Mental Liberation
  15. The Large Professor – The LP
  16. Qwel & Maker – So Be It
  17. O.C. & A.G. – Oasis
  18. Souls Of Mischief – Montezuma’s Revenge
  19. Paten Locke – Super Ramen Rocketship
  20. Eminem – Relapse
  21. Toki Wright – A Different Mirror
  22. DOOM – Born Like This
  23. Mr. Lif – I Heard It Today
  24. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati
  25. Superstar Quamallah – Invisible Man
  26. Antipop Consortium – Fluorescent Black
  27. Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse
  28. Illogic – Diabolical Fun
  29. Ace & Edo – Arts & Entertainment
  30. Ugly Duckling – Audacity
  31. La Coka Nostra – A Brand You Can Trust
  32. KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills
  33. Five O’Clock Shadowboxers – The Slow Twilight
  34. Black Noise – The Black Noise LP
  35. Curren$y – This Aint No Mixtape
  36. Jay Z – The Blueprint 3
  37. Sha Stimuli – My Soul To Keep
  38. Blaq Poet – Tha Blaqprint
  39. Sick Jacken – Stray Bullets
  40. Apathy – Wanna Snuggle?

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2010

  1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. Kno – Death Is Silent
  3. Nas & Damien Marley – Distant Relatives
  4. Boog Brown & Apollo Brown – Brown Study
  5. Celph Titled & Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety-Now
  6. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
  7. Roc Marciano – Marcberg
  8. The Roots – How I Got Over
  9. The Left – Gas Mask
  10. Skyzoo & !llmind – Live From The Tape Deck
  11. Black Milk – Album Of The Year
  12. Strong Arm Steady – In Search Of Stoney Jackson
  13. Qwel & Maker – Owl
  14. Dark Time Sunshine – Vessel
  15. Curren$y – Pilot Talk
  16. Incise – Daily Methods
  17. Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package
  18. yU – Before Taxes
  19. Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
  20. Curren$y – Pilot Talk II
  21. Shad – TSOL
  22. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute
  23. Blacastan – Blac Sabbath
  24. Rakaa Iriscience – Crown Of Thorns
  25. Guilty Simpson & Madlib – OJ Simpson
  26. 7L & Esoteric – 1212
  27. Vinnie Paz – Season Of The Assassin
  28. PackFM – I F*****’ Hate Rappers
  29. H.I.S.D. – The Weakend
  30. Bop Alloy – Substantial & Marcus D Are Bop Alloy
  31. Homeboy Sandman – The Good Sun
  32. A.G. – Everythings Berrii
  33. B. Dolan – Fallen House, Sunken City
  34. Kooley High – Eastern Standard Time
  35. The Heart & Brain – Mbodiment
  36. Tiff The Gift – Cool, Calm, Chill
  37. ESQ & Chikaramanga – The Succession
  38. Panacea – 12 Step Program
  39. Danny Brown – The Hybrid
  40. Brotha Lynch Hung – Dinner & A Movie

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2011

  1. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  2. CunninLynguists – Oneirology
  3. Rashad & Confidence – The Element Of Surprise
  4. The Roots – Undun
  5. Danny Brown – X X X
  6. Phonte – Charity Starts At Home
  7. Doomtree – No Kings
  8. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
  9. Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
  10. Common – The Dreamer / The Believer
  11. Evidence – Cats & Dogs
  12. Murs – Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation
  13. Thurz – L.A. Riots
  14. J-Live – S.P.T.A. (Said Person Of That Ability)
  15. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  16. Superstar Quamallah & DeQawn – Talkin’ All That Jazz
  17. People Under The Stairs – Highlighter
  18. Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Gonna Eat That?
  19. Rasheed Chappell – Future Before Nostalgia
  20. DJ Quik – The Book Of David
  21. Ugly Duckling – Moving At Breakneck Speed
  22. Rebels To The Grain – Harvest Season
  23. Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown – Daily Bread
  24. Apathy – Honkey Kong!
  25. Random Axe – Random Axe
  26. Has-Lo – In Case I Don’t Make It
  27. R.E.K.S. – Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme
  28. MarQ Spekt & Kno – Machete Vision
  29. Killer Mike  – PL3DGE
  30. Action Bronson – Dr. Lecter
  31. Tone Spliff – Work Ethics
  32. Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
  33. Royce Da 5’9″ – Success Is Certain
  34. The Doppelgangaz – Lone Sharks
  35. Malcolm & Martin – Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
  36. DTMD – Makin’ Dollas
  37. 9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
  38. Outerspace – My Brother’s Keeper
  39. Atmosphere – The Family Sign
  40. Thirsty Fish – Watergate

 

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2012

greatest hip hop albums ever 2012

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

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2013

  1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
  2. Oddisee – Tangible Dream
  3. Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die
  4. Awon & Phoniks – Return To The Golden Era
  5. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  6. R.A. The Rugged Man – Legends Never Die
  7. Qwel & Maker – Beautiful Raw
  8. Demigodz – KILLmatic
  9. Armand Hammer – Race Music
  10. Danny Brown – Old
  11. Ugly Heroes – Ugly Heroes
  12. Ka – The Night’s Gambit
  13. J-Zone – Peter Pan Syndrome
  14. A$ap Rocky – LONG LIVE A$AP
  15. Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise
  16. billy woods – Dour Candy
  17. Natti – Still Motion
  18. Killah Priest – The Psychic World Of Walter Reed
  19. Boog Brown – The Late Bloom
  20. Clear Soul Forces – Gold PP7s
  21. Czarface – Czarface
  22. Cubbiebear – Force Back To Sleep
  23. Deltron 3030 – Event 2
  24. Lewis Parker – The Puzzle: Episode Two: The Glass Ceiling
  25. Shad – Flying Colours
  26. DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – The Foremost
  27. L’Orange & Stik Figa – The City Under The City
  28. Prodigy & The Alchemist – Albert Einstein
  29. Roc Marciano – Marci Beaucoup
  30. Blame One & J57 – Walk In The Sun
  31. Yugen Blakrok – Return Of The Astro​-​Goth
  32. Epidemic – Somethin’ For Tha Listeners
  33. Prolyphic & Buddy Peace – Working Man
  34. Greenhouse – Bend But Don’t Break
  35. Curly Castro – FIDEL
  36. Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set
  37. Hieroglyphics – The Kitchen
  38. Freddie Gibbs – ESGN
  39. Talib Kweli- Gravitas
  40. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 2

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2014

  1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
  2. Freddie Gibs & Madlib – Pinata
  3. PRhyme -PRhyme
  4. Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
  5. Damani Nkosi – Thoughtful King
  6. Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
  7. Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography
  8. Pharoahe Monch – PTSD
  9. Diamond District – March On Washington
  10. Sage Francis – Copper Gone
  11. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
  12. People Under The Stairs – 12 Step Program
  13. Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica
  14. Skyzoo & Torae – Barrel Brothers
  15. Dag Savage – E&J
  16. J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  17. Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Blasphemy
  18. Awon & Dephlow – Dephacation
  19. Sa-Roc – Nebuchadnezzar
  20. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  21. Army Of The Pharaohs – In Death Reborn
  22. Diabolic – Fighting Words
  23. Step Brothers – Lord Steppington
  24. YG – My Krazy Life
  25. Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons
  26. Anti-Lilly & Phoniks – Stories From The Brass Section
  27. Black Milk- If There’s A Hell Below
  28. Common – Nobody’s Smiling
  29. Army Of The Pharaohs – Heavy Lies The Crown
  30. Diamond D – The Diam Piece
  31. Cormega – Mega Philosophy
  32. Atmosphere – Southsiders
  33. Souls Of Mischief – There Is Only Now
  34. Busdriver – Perfect Hair
  35. Ces Cru – Codename: Ego Stripper
  36. uMaNg – The Black Rose Certificate
  37. Jazz Spastiks – The Product
  38. Rozewood – The Ghost Of Radio Raheem
  39. String Theory – String Theory
  40. Tiff The Gift – Better To Give

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth
  3. Add-2 – Prey For The Poor
  4. Oddisee – The Good Fight
  5. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  6. Awon & Phoniks – Knowledge Of Self
  7. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
  8. Scarface – Deeply Rooted
  9. Czarface – Every Hero Needs A Villain
  10. Pusha T – King Push — Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
  11. Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$
  12. A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP
  13. Apollo Brown – Grandeur
  14. Skyzoo – Music For My Friends
  15. billy woods – Today I Wrote Nothing
  16. The Game – The Documentary 2/2.5
  17. Semi Hendrix – Breakfast At Banksy’s
  18. Asphate – Closed Doors To An Open Mind
  19. Dr. Yen Lo – Days With Dr. Yen Lo
  20. Junk Science – And The Hundred Dollar Sandwich
  21. L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae – The Night Took Us In Like Family
  22. Jay Rock – 90059
  23. Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die II
  24. Jazz Spastiks & Rebels To The Grain – Unkut Fresh
  25. Gangrene – You Disgust Me
  26. Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz – Home Sweet Home
  27. Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Sour Soul
  28. First Division – Overworked & Underpaid
  29. Killah Priest – Planet Of The Gods
  30. Fashawn – The Ecology
  31. Kirk Knight – Late Knight Special
  32. Dephlow – Deph Threats
  33. Monday/Friday – Monday/Friday
  34. J-Live – How Much is Water?
  35. The Four Owls – Natural Order
  36. Jedi Mind Tricks – The Thief And The Fallen
  37. Triple Darkness – Darker Than Black
  38. Milo – So The Flies Don’t Come
  39. Grand Daddy I.U. – P.I.M.P. (Paper Is My Priority)
  40. MED, Blu & Madlib – Bad Neighbor

Check here for the full list, including honorable mentions

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2016

  1. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
  2. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  3. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
  5. Common – Black America Again
  6. Westside Gunn – FLYGOD
  7. Ryu – Tanks For The Memories
  8. Ab-Soul – Do What Thou Wilt
  9. Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – The Easy Truth
  10. Ka – Honor Killed The Samurai
  11. Royce 5’9″ – Layers
  12. Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade
  13. ScHoolboy Q – The Blank Face LP
  14. Elzhi – Lead Poison
  15. De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
  16. Kool Keith – Feature Magnetic
  17. J-Zone – Fish-n-Grits
  18. Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo
  19. Mikey D – Day Of D’struction
  20. Ugly Heroes – Everything In Between
  21. UG – Portals
  22. The Game – 1992
  23. Apathy – Handshakes With Snakes
  24. Tiff The Gift – It Gets Greater Later
  25. Czarface – A Fistful Of Peril
  26. The Hue – Aurora
  27. Wise Intelligent – Stevie Bonneville Wallace
  28. Reks – The Greatest X
  29. Saba – Bucket List Project
  30. ELUCID – Save Yourself
  31. Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Hella Personal Film Festival
  32. Havoc & The Alchemist – The Silent Partner
  33. Vinnie Paz – The Cornerstone Of The Corner Store
  34. Masta Ace – The Falling Season
  35. Willie Green – Doc Savage
  36. Sick Jacken – Psychodelic
  37. Code Nine & Purpose – Below Sumerian Skies
  38. Smoke DZA & Pete Rock – Don’t Smoke Rock
  39. Craig G – I Rap And Go Home
  40. Atmosphere – Fishing Blues

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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2017

  1. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  2. billy woods – Known Unknowns
  3. Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time
  4. CunninLynguists – Rose Azura Njano
  5. Brother Ali – All The Beauty In This Life
  6. Armand Hammer – Rome
  7. Jay-Z – 4:44
  8. Oddisee – The Iceberg
  9. O.C. – Same Moon Same Sun
  10. Sean Price – Imperius Rex
  11. Jonwayne – Rap Album Two
  12. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
  13. Blacastan & Stu Bangas – The Uncanny Adventures Of Watson & Holmes
  14. Hex One Words – Worth A Thousand Pictures
  15. P.O.S – Chill, Dummy
  16. Joey Bada$$ – All AmeriKKKan Bada$$
  17. Dope KNife – NineteenEightyFour
  18. Quelle Chris – Being You Is Great… I Wish I Could Be You More Often
  19. Apathy & O.C. – Perestroika
  20. Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge
  21. Anti-Lilly & Phoniks – It’s Nice Outside
  22. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  23. MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West
  24. Milo – Who Told You to Think​?
  25. Your Old Droog – Packs
  26. DJ Format & Abdominal – Still Hungry
  27. J.I.D – The Never Story
  28. Recognize Ali – Allah’s Favorite
  29. Dephlow – Most Dephinite
  30. lojii & Swarvy – DUE RENT
  31. Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy
  32. GQ – E14th
  33. M-Dot – egO anD The eneMy
  34. Ces Cru – Catastrophic Event Specialists
  35. Public Enemy – Nothing Is Quick In The Desert
  36. King Magnetic – Everything Happens 4 A Reason
  37. Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don
  38. Pawz One – Pick Your Poison
  39. Raekwon – The Wild
  40. Snoop Dogg – Neva Left

Check here for the full list, including honorable mentions

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2018

  1. Saba – Care For Me
  2. Noname – Room 25
  3. ANKHLEJOHN & Big Ghost Ltd – Van Ghost
  4. Lupe Fiasco – DROGAS Wave
  5. Armand Hammer – Paraffin
  6. B.E.N.N.Y. – Tana Talk 3
  7. Royce 5’9″ – The Book Of Ryan
  8. Awon & Phoniks – The Actual Proof
  9. Masta Ace & Marco Polo – A Breukelen Story
  10. Evidence – Weather Or Not
  11. O.C. – A New Dawn
  12. August Greene – August Greene
  13. Phonte – No News Is Good News
  14. Marlowe – Marlowe
  15. Skyzoo – In Celebration Of Us
  16. Hermit & The Recluse: Orpheus vs. The Sirens
  17. CRIMEAPPLE & Big Ghost Ltd. – Aguardiente
  18. The Diceman – The Power Of Now
  19. Czarface & MF DOOM – Czarface Meets Metal Face
  20. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Everything’s Fine
  21. Intellect – Out Of Left Field
  22. Chuck Strangers – Consumers Park
  23. Blueprint – Two-Headed Monster
  24. Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz – Mona Lisa
  25. Apathy – The Widow’s Son
  26. Elzhi & Khrysis are Jericho Jackson – Jericho Jackson
  27. Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation
  28. Lee Reed – Before & Aftermath
  29. Jedi Mind Tricks The Bridge & The Abyss
  30. Showbiz – A-Room Therapy
  31. Westside Gunn – Supreme Blientele
  32. Philmore Greene – Chicago: A Third World City
  33. Mick Jenkins – Pieces Of A Man
  34. Planet Asia – Mansa Musa
  35. Vinnie Paz – The Pain Collector
  36. PRhyme – PRhyme 2
  37. Roc Marciano – RR2: The Bitter Dose
  38. Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh – Son Of G Rap
  39. Atmosphere – Mi Vida Loca
  40. Big Stacks – Never Favored

* 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).

Check here for the full list, including honorable mentions

Top 60 Hip Hop Albums 2019

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  1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
  2. Rapsody – Eve
  3. Apollo Brown – Sincerely, Detroit
  4. Little Brother – May The Lord Watch
  5. billy woods & Kenny Segal – Hiding Place
  6. Skyzoo & Pete Rock – Retropolitan
  7. Add-2 – Jim Crow: The Musical
  8. Gang Starr – One Of The Best Yet
  9. Bobby J From Rockaway – Summer Classics
  10. Epic Beard Men – This Was Supposed To Be Fun
  11. Little Simz – Grey Area
  12. Tone Spliff – Ardore Melodico
  13. Quelle Chris – Guns
  14. L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae – Complicate Your Life With Violence
  15. billy woods – Terror Management
  16. Griselda – WWCD
  17. Black Moon – Rise Of Da Moon
  18. Brother Ali – Secrets & Escapes
  19. Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium
  20. Blu & Oh No – A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night
  21. Anti-Lilly & Phoniks – That’s The World
  22. Neak – Kwesbaar
  23. A.J. Munson – Cigarettes & Coffee
  24. Czarface & Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface Killah
  25. People Under The Stairs – Sincerely, The P
  26. NEMS – Gorilla Monsoon
  27. Uncommon Nasa – City As School
  28. clipping. – There Existed An Addiction To Blood
  29. Calig Kontra – Simian Automatic
  30. Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿
  31. Diamond D – The Diam Piece 2
  32. Smif-N-Wessun – The All
  33. Common – Let Love
  34. The Good People – Good for Nuthin’
  35. Murs & 9th Wonder – The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over
  36. XP The Marxman & IceRocks – Nomads
  37. SOL Development – The SOL Of Black Folk
  38. Bronx Slang – Bronx Slang
  39. HARRIETT – Damani Nkosi & ill Camille are HARRIETT
  40. Learic & Es-K – Thought Instruments
  41. Joell Ortiz – Monday
  42. Dope Knife – Things Got Worse
  43. Dark Lo – American Made
  44. Awon – Soulapowa
  45. Your Old Droog – It Wasn’t Even Close
  46. Papoose – Underrated
  47. Truth – The Fight For Survival
  48. Dave – PSYCHODRAMA
  49. Erick Sermon – Vernia
  50. K-Rino – Mind Vision
  51. Ras Kass – Soul On Ice 2
  52. Homeboy Sandman – Dusty
  53. Krum & Theory Hazit – Here’s Mud In Your Eye
  54. Ubi – Under Bad Influence
  55. Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – Back At The House
  56. Roc Marciano – Marcielago
  57. Jim Jones – El Capo
  58. Marlon Craft – Funhouse Mirror
  59. Inspectah Deck – Chamber No. 9
  60. Diabolic – The Disconnect

* Excluded are mixtapes, compilations (like Nas’ Lost Tapes 2), EP’s (like Benny The Butcher’s Plugs I Met), and releases billed as albums that are actually EP-length.

Check The Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2019 for the full list + honorable mentions + list with 2019’s best EP’s.

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13 responses to “The Best Hip Hop Albums Ever”

  1. Justin says:

    #8 from 88 should be strictly business. Cause I read these amazingly informative list too much! Trying to collect them all!

  2. Justin D says:

    The Brothers Under Madness are way overlooked in 95’. Buck 65’s Man Overboard from 2001 is a classic in my opinion. Way cool list! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at it and bought records because of it! Much love!

  3. Justin D says:

    Not everyone was an anticon fan but 1999 should of included their finest release Deep Puddle Dynamics for sure.

  4. Darren Kerry says:

    Love the lists and reminding me of some awesome albums.

    Be interested in seeing a list of the worst albums from each decade I remember owning some shocking stuff DerekB on top!!!!

  5. Daniel says:

    Great lists year for year, although some incredible albums are missing, Jam baxter – So We Ate Them Whole, Edward Scissortounge – BETTER.LUCK.NEXT.LIFE, Mr Key & Greenwood Sharps – Yesterday’s Futures, CashUs King – Lost In The Wilderness and the crazy underground rare project of last year from The Skull Eclipses, a shame so many peeps sleep on it. Peace.

  6. Alonzo says:

    Ill Bill and Stu Bangas album is definitely one of the best of 2019. The Opioid Era and Diabolic and Vanderslice as well.
    And Nems album

  7. KevG says:

    Scandalous not to include most of K-Rino’s post 2013 albums like The Blood Doctrine. Annihilation of the Evil Machine, etc. Fait Accomoli by Canibus should have got a mention too.

    Apart from that . Great lists btw 👍

  8. JERMAINE says:

    THIS IS SOME STRAIGHT HIPPITY HOPPITY BIAS BS. LMAO HOW THE HELL IN KRS ONE IN HERE EVERY YEAR FOR BEST ALBUM.. HILARIOUS AND HOW THERE IS NOT ONE TI OR LIL WAYNE ALBUM IN THERE.. OR JEEZY THUG MOTIVATION. COME ON NOW. YOUNG BUCK WELCOME TO CASHVILLE IN 94. WHERE IS DAVE EAST CARI CHANEL IN 16? I CAN GO ON AND ON.

  9. K Douglas says:

    First off great website. Love the lists and they seem well thought out.

    Second some corrections:
    1988 EPMD album title should read Strictly Business not Unfinished Business
    1992 Eric B & Rakim album title should read Don’t Sweat The Technique not Don’t Check The Technique.

  10. K Douglas says:

    Hmm, no love for Jazzmatazz Vol 1 by Guru? That easily makes my top 10 of ’93.

  11. Big Stacks says:

    Hey Hiphopgoldenage,

    I thank you for naming my album “Never Favored” to your 2018 top-60 albums list. I am honored by the mention and surprised that you were even aware of the album (I’d love know how you heard of it). As an indie artist, part of the challenge is getting my music heard. So, I truly appreciate you shedding some needed light upon my art.

    Peace,

    Big Stacks

  12. Big Stacks says:

    Thanks, Cis!!! I appreciate the compliment and support.

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