Top 25 Hip-Hop albums (in no particular order)

A Listmania! list by badderthanevil (Aylesbury, Bucks, UK)
 
Paul's Boutique
1.  Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
The list author says:
  "The Ultimate Sampler's Album - far and away the Beasties' best work (i.e. before they went all Buddhist on us...)"
£8.87   Used & New from: £1.37
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Death Certificate (Explicit)
2.  Death Certificate (Explicit) by Ice Cube
The list author says:
  "Controversial, angry and self-righteous - this is the sound of a man at the peak of his creativity."
£8.75   Used & New from: £1.70
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Sun Rises in the East
3.  The Sun Rises in the East by Jeru The Damaja
The list author says:
  "A remarkable MC who deserves to be held in the same regard as Rakim, KRS-One and Chuck D; one of the best hip-hop debuts of all time."
£14.62   Used & New from: £4.76
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 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:
  "Quite possibly the greatest hip-hop album of all time, every bit as political and revolutionary as The Clash's debut album a decade before it. As Don Letts described it, 'this is black punk rock'."
£3.79   Used & New from: £1.29
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Straight Outta Compton
5.  Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
The list author says:
  "Often praised for its controversy, people tend to forget what an excellent, exciting album this is. Not quite as vital as P.E.'s 'Fear...', but a great album nonetheless."
£9.89   Used & New from: £1.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
6.  Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan
The list author says:
  "With hindsight, it's amazing to think that so much talent appeared on one album AND made it work. This is the definitive Wu-Tang album."
£3.99   Used & New from: £1.05
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

The Chronic
7.  The Chronic by Dr. Dre
The list author says:
  "The album that spawned a million imitators and cemented Dre's place as the best producer in hip-hop at the time - and, so we would soon discover, talent scout..."
£17.23   Used & New from: £3.55
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Doggystyle
8.  Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg
The list author says:
  "... and this was one of his discoveries. A brilliant album in its own right which introduced the world to another outstanding talent."
Used & New from: £6.49
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Run Come Save Me
9.  Run Come Save Me by Roots Manuva
The list author says:
  "Awesome, dub-infected British hip-hop about stuff we can relate to - Eastenders and pints of bitter!"
£5.90   Used & New from: £1.18
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Og Original Gangster
10.  Og Original Gangster by Ice T
The list author says:
  "'Gangsta rap' at it's best - the career high point for one of hip-hop's most enduring figures."
£5.14   Used & New from: £1.08
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Endtroducing.....
11.  Endtroducing..... by DJ Shadow
The list author says:
  "Josh Davis might describe himself as an outcast in the hip-hop community; I can only assume that's because everyone else is jealous. A perfect combination of samples, turntablism and - yes - songs..."
£5.83   Used & New from: £1.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde
12.  Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde by Pharcyde
The list author says:
  "The Pharcyde's debut is funny, infectious and moving - macho posturing might be amusing but these guys prove that geeks are far funnier..."
£8.97   Used & New from: £2.06
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Clouddead
13.  Clouddead by Clouddead
The list author says:
  "Experimental, challenging and leftfield - this is hip-hop with an eye on the alternative."
£7.63   Used & New from: £2.45
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Stakes Is High (Uk Version)
14.  Stakes Is High (Uk Version) by De La Soul
The list author says:
  "'3 Feet High...' might be their most well-known record, but this is an even better work, containing all the Summery-ness of their debut but with a more mature outlook. Great stuff."
£7.38   Used & New from: £4.03
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Elementalz
15.  Elementalz by The Brotherhood
The list author says:
  "A fantastic album that, although not as iconic as the other albums on this list, stands up against any of them. And it's British!"
£9.90   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Infamous
16.  The Infamous by Mobb Deep
The list author says:
  "Before Fiddy, Mobb Deep actually used to be quite good. Amazing, in fact. This is a gritty, cinematic and even poetic portrayal of Thug Life; to coin a phrase, "the soundtrack of the streets"."
£6.76   Used & New from: £3.89
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Illmatic
17.  Illmatic by Nas
The list author says:
  "One of the few rappers who still produces great material - and this is the best of the bunch. A thought-provoking, inspired debut."
£6.50   Used & New from: £2.45
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

The Message
18.  The Message by Grandmaster Flash
The list author says:
  "The album that brought hip-hop into the mainstream - an essential purchase not only for hip-hop fans but fans of music in general."
£9.54   Used & New from: £9.51
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Iii (Temples Of Boom)
19.  Iii (Temples Of Boom) by Cypress Hill
The list author says:
  "Still a vastly-underrated album, this is the comedown after the party on 'Black Sunday'. Bleak, edgy and raw - this is the best Cypress Hill album to date."
£4.29   Used & New from: £1.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Criminal Minded
20.  Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions
The list author says:
  "Old school hip-hop featuring one of the greatest rappers of all time. Like P.E., an essential band for anyone with an interest in socio-political hip-hop."
£16.00   Used & New from: £6.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Raising Hell: Remastered
21.  Raising Hell: Remastered by Run D.M.C.
The list author says:
  "Quite simply, a genre-defining album. A landmark in hip-hop's conception."
£18.21   Used & New from: £2.99
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Hip Hop Don't Stop : The Greatest
22.  Hip Hop Don't Stop : The Greatest by DJ Prime Cuts
The list author says:
  "Not a hip-hop 'album' as such, but an excellent compilation of old school tracks. Re-issue it soon!"
Used & New from: £19.88
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Strictly Business
23.  Strictly Business by EPMD
The list author says:
  "Another ingeniously sample-heavy record that introduced the world to Erick Sermon's unique laid-back delivery. Still sounds fresh today."
£26.20   Used & New from: £6.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Critical Beatdown
24.  Critical Beatdown by Ultramagnetic MC's
The list author says:
  "Another genre-defining album, both bad-ass and comedic at the same time. Funky beats and complex rhymes, all at the same time."
£76.85   Used & New from: £5.19
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Resurrection
25.  The Resurrection by Geto Boys
The list author says:
  "'Resurrection', as the title suggests, not only marked the Geto Boys' return to hip-hop but they did so in an even more focussed and remarkable manner than before. An amazing album."
£13.95   Used & New from: £6.55
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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