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100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums

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100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums

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50. Big Punisher - Capital Punishment

Pun impressed with his larger-than-life debut, which sports immediate standouts like "Still Not a Player" and "You Ain't a Killer."

49. Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

A mic in one hand and a copy of The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey in the other, Mos Def and Talib Kweli excelled with their consciousness revivalism form of hip-hop.

48. OutKast - ATLiens

WIth Organized Noize manning the boards once again, OutKast emerged with a thoroughly enjoyable southern rap album that rival its predecessor for greatness.

47. The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!

In 1995, The Roots released a groundbreaking album that offered a peek into the experimental approach to music they would later hang their hat on. 100% sample-free. No additives

46. Organized Konfusion - Stress: The Extinction Agenda

Stress: The Extinction Agenda, Organized Konfusion's second album, is more ambitious and exceptionally well-written. Highlights include the title track and "Let's Organize."

45. LL Cool J - Radio

Phat, def and jingling baby.

44. Brand Nubian - One For All

Grand Puba, Sadat X, Lord Jamar, and DJ Alamo brought social commentary and spirituality to the forefront of 90s rap with gems like "Slow Down" and "Wake Up."

43. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill offered the best blend of rap and R&B in hip-hop history. Her stellar songwriting flourished from song to song, whether grappling with spirituality ("Final Hour," "Forgive Them, Father") or stroking sexuality without exploiting it ("Nothing Even Matters").

42. EPMD - Unfinished Business

At a time when hip-hop was dominated by rage, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith slowed things down with the decidedly smooth Unfinished Business. Fresh and exciting.

41. Ice T - Power

The one gangsta rap album to rule them all, Power portrayed inner-city street life in graphic detail while sending an anti-crime message to the hood. 

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