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100 Greatest Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop Albums

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Criteria: These albums were ranked based on influence, popularity, innovation, and overall quality of music. Each album demonstrates a deviation from the normal subject matter/approach/aesthetic/themes of hip-hop music at any given time.

Newly added names are in Red
Edited By: Stereo Williams (HipHopBlog.com)
List Begun: 02-02-2005


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100 Greatest Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop Albums
  1. The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
  2. Aquemini - Outkast
  3. Critical Beatdown - Ultramagnetic MCs
  4. 3 Feet High & Rising - De La Soul
  5. '93 Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief
  6. Paul's Boutique - The Beastie Boys
  7. Things Fall Apart - The Roots
  8. Step In the Arena - GangStarr
  9. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
10. One for All - Brand Nubian
11. Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest
12. Black Star - Black Star
13. All Hail the Queen - Queen Latifah
14. Breaking Atoms - Main Source
15. The Score - The Fugees
16. Bizarre Ride II tha Pharcyde - The Pharcyde
17. southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - Outkast
18. Black On Both Sides - Mos Def
19. I Wish My Brother George Was Here - Del the Funkee Homosapien
20. De La Soul Is Dead - De La Soul
21. Under Construction - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
22. Like Water for Chocolate - Common
23. Uptown Saturday Night - Camp Lo
24. Quality Control - Jurassic 5
25. KRS-One - KRS-One
26. Dr. Octagonecologyst - Dr. Octagon/Kool Keith
27. In Full Gear - Stetsasonic
28. Daily Operation - GangStarr
29. ATLiens - Outkast
30. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest
31. Sex Packets - Digital Underground
32. Vaudeville Villain - MF Doom
33. 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days In the Life Of... - Arrested Development
34. Sun Rises In the East - Jeru the Damaja
35. Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time & Space) - Digable Planets
36. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast
37. Check Your Head - The Beastie Boys
38. Done By the Forces of Nature - Jungle Brothers
39. Supa Dupa Fly - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
40. Mecca & the Soul Brother - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
41. Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
42. Stankonia - Outkast
43. Funcrusher Plus - Company Flow
44. Illadelph Halflife - The Roots
45. Enta Da Stage - Black Moon
46. Organized Konfusion - Organized Konfusion
47. A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing - Black Sheep
48. Blazing Arrow - Blackilicious
49. Watermelon, Chicken, and Grits - Nappy Roots
50. Art.Official.Intelligence: Bionix - De La Soul
51. Kwame, the Boy Genius feat. A New Beginning - Kwame
52. Do You Want More?!???!!! - The Roots
53. Reflection Eternal - Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek
54. Fantastic Vol. 2 - Slum Village
55. Holy Intellect - Poor Righteous Teachers
56. The Love Movement - A Tribe Called Quest
57. L.I.F.E. (Living In Fear of Extinction) - Nefertiti
58. Still Standing - Goodie MOB
59. A Prince Among Thieves - Prince Paul
60. Blowout Comb - Digable Planets
61. One Day It'll All Make Sense - Common
62. The Cactus Album - 3rd Bass
63. Kollage - Bahamadia
64. Presents The Carnival - Wyclef Jean
65. The Coming - Busta Rhymes
66. Gorillaz - Gorillaz
67. Let's Get Free - Dead Prez
68. Home - Spearhead
69. Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury - Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy
70. Soul Food - Goodie MOB
71. To the East, Backwards - X-Clan
72. Quality - Talib Kweli
73. Attack of the Attacking Things - Jean Grae
74. Straight Out the Jungle - The Jungle Brothers
75. Handsome Boy Modeling School - Handsome Boy Modeling School
76. The Platform - Dilated Peoples
77. A Future Without A Past - Leaders of the New School
78. The Album - Questionmark Asylum
79. Behind the Front - Black Eyed Peas
80. Of the Heart, Of the Soul and Of the Cross: the Utopian Experience - P.M. Dawn
81. A Much Better Tomorrow - The Automator
82. Chupacabra - Imani Coppola
83. Steal This Album - The Coup
84. Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
85. Resurrection - Common
86. Foundation - Brand Nubian
87. Black Reign - Queen Latifah
88. Riders of the Storm: The Underwater Album - The Boogiemonsters
89. MM...Food? - MF Doom
90. Labor Days - Aesop Rock
91. Fruits of Nature - UMC's
92. Derelicts of Dialect - 3rd Bass
93. From the Roota to the Toota - Field Mob
94. Home - Spearhead
95. Amplified - Q-Tip
96. Gravity - Da Bush Babees
97. Which Doobie UB? - Funkdoobiest
98. Rebel Soul - Isis
99. Hello Nasty - Beastie Boys
100. Chocolate Supahighway - Spearhead
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