25 rap/hip-hop essentials

A Listmania! list by Eli "Eli" (Oxford)
 
Madvillainy
1.  Madvillainy by Madvillain
The list author says:
  "utterly staggering, lean collection of surreal, mysterious and refreshing beats. the best rap LP of the past ten years."
Used & New from: £6.68
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
2.  Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan
The list author says:
  "100% bona-fide rap classic. a bunch of the most talented MCs come together for one of the best debuts ever. consistently brilliant, and darkly funny too."
£3.99   Used & New from: £1.96
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

Boy In Da Corner
3.  Boy In Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal
The list author says:
  "the face and future of UK rap. stunningly good debut, the best grime record out there."
£4.35   Used & New from: £0.90
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
4.  It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
The list author says:
  "a groundbreaking classic."
£5.15   Used & New from: £2.64
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

The Marshall Mathers LP [Explicit Lyrics]
5.  The Marshall Mathers LP [Explicit Lyrics] by Eminem
The list author says:
  "probably the funniest, most re-listenable rap album ever. he's lost it now, luckily we'll always have this to remember him by."
£2.87   Used & New from: £0.40
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
6.  Only Built 4 Cuban Linx by Raekwon
The list author says:
  "the chef's finest offering. crack-rap's most enduring moment."
£7.10   Used & New from: £3.80
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Midnight Marauders
7.  Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest
The list author says:
  "a low-key gem."
£3.67   Used & New from: £2.40
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Chronic
8.  Chronic by Dr. Dre
The list author says:
  "this takes over once it's on...just spin it and see."
£16.98   Used & New from: £4.22
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Things Fall Apart
9.  Things Fall Apart by The Roots
The list author says:
  "rap still lives, sometimes you've just gotta look beyond what's right in front of your eyes."
£5.84   Used & New from: £0.75
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Go With the Flow - Atlantic & Warner Hip Hop Jams '87 - '91
10.  Go With the Flow - Atlantic & Warner Hip Hop Jams '87 - '91 by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "the best introduction to old-school hip-hop, brings in all the old greats."
£6.49   Used & New from: £1.65

3 Feet High and Rising
11.  3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul
The list author says:
  "one of the most refreshing hip-hop albums ever made."
£6.46   Used & New from: £2.67
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Liquid Swords
12.  Liquid Swords by Genius
The list author says:
  "genius."
£6.00   Used & New from: £1.27
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

The College Dropout
13.  The College Dropout by Kanye West
The list author says:
  "some real gems on here. family business is fantastic."
£4.56   Used & New from: £0.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde
14.  Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde by Pharcyde
£8.91   Used & New from: £1.94
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Paul's Boutique
15.  Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
The list author says:
  "not just a bunch of jokers. the best beasties record."
£9.67   Used & New from: £1.33
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Fishscale
16.  Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
The list author says:
  "the most consistently excellent MC out there. his flow is insane, this is his best. shakey dog is mindblowing storytelling."
£8.76   Used & New from: £3.35
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Straight Outta Compton
17.  Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
The list author says:
  "overrated, but the title track and f*ck tha police make it essential. funnier moments like i ain't tha 1 also shine."
£19.67   Used & New from: £2.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Arular
18.  Arular by M.I.A.
The list author says:
  "divisive, but damn if it doesn't make a strong impression. grimey on a global scale."
£9.75   Used & New from: £0.52
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Hell Hath No Fury
19.  Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
The list author says:
  "crack-rap is back for the 21st century. look out for these guys, this is them at just 60%"
Used & New from: £6.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Illmatic
20.  Illmatic by Nas
The list author says:
  "the first (and last) brilliant album made by nas."
Used & New from: £3.25
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Unseen
21.  Unseen by Quasimoto
The list author says:
  "madlib makes the most interesting stuff out there, this is one of many."
£10.44   Used & New from: £5.29
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Ready To Die
22.  Ready To Die by Notorious B.I.G.
The list author says:
  "biggie's finest hour."
Used & New from: £35.84
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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YoYoYoYoYo
23.  YoYoYoYoYo by Spank Rock
The list author says:
  "a baltimore party in your very living room! sex."
£8.55   Used & New from: £0.19
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Quality Control
24.  Quality Control by Jurassic 5
The list author says:
  "relatively recent excellence from the underground (sort of)."
£5.33   Used & New from: £0.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Grandmaster Flash
25.  Grandmaster Flash by Grandmaster Flash
The list author says:
  "duh"
£19.99   Used & New from: £1.64
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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