Greatest Rap Albums that Should be On your List


Are you a fan of rap music? There is no doubt that rap music is very interesting and has a huge fan base. But, if you are new to the world of rap, it can be difficult to decide what to listen to first. It has produced some great hits over the years, but there are some albums that stand out due to their originality, creativity, cultural impact, and replay value. Some of the greatest rap albums that should be on your list are:

-    Nas: ‘Illmatic

There are great rap albums and then there is Illmatic. Nas was a 19-year-old wizard who took 39 minutes and packed them with really potent poetry. A-list producers like Pete Rock and DJ Premier provided the perfect score. Therefore, it is not surprising that this album is considered to be the best of all time.

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-    The Notorious B.I.G.: ‘Ready to Die’ 

It is very rare to come across Biggie’s abilities in a single package, but this is exactly what you find in Ready to Die. The album is coolly captivating due to its storytelling chops and Biggie has done an excellent job in mining comedy from serious subjects like robbery and capturing difficult emotions like suicidal thoughts.

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-    Public Enemy: ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’

Through his second album, Public Enemy challenged everything that was an obstacle for the oppressed like injustice, profiling, racism and crooked cops. Hence, his album became a classic and remains to this day.

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-    Eric B. & Rakim: ‘Paid in Full’

Rakin’s peers were busy bragging about their manhood, but he was more focused on styling on them with great precision. With ‘Paid in Full’, the man has painted some very beautiful pictures with his words.

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-    Raekwon: ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’

This particular album highlights the violence, the thrills and the rote regimen that were a part of the life of a drug kingpin living in New York. This was a crime rap manifesto that managed to shape the course of Mafioso rap in the 90s.

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-    Wu-Tang Clan: ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

One of the greatest debuts made in the world of rap, 36 Chambers is a 12 song spectacle that barely gave enough room to the nine original swordsmen to spread out their wings. Some of the highlights of the album include ‘Protect Ya Neck’ and ‘C.R.E.A.M’.

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