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Top 10 Must Listen To
Rap, Hip-Hop Albums 1986-1999

Criteria: These Top 10 Must Listen To Rap/Hip-Hop Albums for each year 1986-1999 were ranked based on popularity, innovation, and overall quality of music.

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List Begun: 2008-03-05
Top 10 Must Listen To Rap, Hip-Hop Albums 1986-1999
1999
rap albums 1999
  1. The Slim Shady LP - Eminem
  2. Black on Both Sides - Mos Def
  3. 2001 - Dr. Dre
  4. Things Fall Apart - The Roots
  5. Nia - Blackalicious
  6. Operation: Doomsday - MF Doom
  7. I Am... - Nas
  8. Internal Affairs - Pharoahe Monch
  9. Uncontrolled Substance - Inspectah Deck
10. A Prince Among Thieves - Prince Paul
1998
rap albums 1998
  1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
  2. Aquemini - OutKast
  3. Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Black Star
  4. Hello Nasty - Beastie Boys
  5. Moment of Truth - Gang Starr
  6. Capital Punishment - Big Punisher
  7. Steal This Album - The Coup
  8. Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life - Jay-Z
  9. Heavy Mental - Killah Priest
10. Shut 'Em Down - Onyx
1997
rap albums 1997
  1. Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.
  2. Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Elliott
  3. Wu-Tang Forever - Wu-Tang Clan
  4. In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 - Jay-Z
  5. The War Report - Capone-N-Noreaga
  6. Jewelz - O.C.
  7. Funcrusher Plus - Company Flow
  8. The Carnival - Wyclef Jean
  9. Uptown Saturday Night - Camp Lo
10. One Day It'll All Make Sense - Common
1996
rap albums 1996
  1. The Score - Fugees
  2. Endtroducing... - DJ Shadow
  3. All Eyez on Me - 2Pac
  4. Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z
  5. The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Makaveli
  6. It Was Written - Nas
  7. ATLiens - OutKast
  8. Soul on Ice - Ras Kass
  9. Wrath of the Math - Jeru the Damaja
10. Ironman - Ghostface Killah
1995
rap albums 1995
  1. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... - Raekwon
  2. Liquid Swords - Genius / GZA
  3. The Infamous... - Mobb Deep
  4. Me Against the World - 2Pac
  5. Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous - Big L
  6. Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version - Ol' Dirty Bastard
  7. Dah Shinin' - Smif-N-Wessun
  8. Soul Food - Goodie Mob
  9. Labcabincalifornia - The Pharcyde
10. Doe or Die - AZ
1994
rap albums 1994
  1. Illmatic - Nas
  2. Ready to Die - The Notorious B.I.G.
  3. Resurrection - Common
  4. The Sun Rises in the East - Jeru the Damaja
  5. Word...Life - O.C.
  6. Stress: The Extinction Agenda - Organized Konfusion
  7. 6 Feet Deep - Gravediggaz
  8. Tical - Method Man
  9. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - OutKast
10. Do You Want More?!!!??! - The Roots
1993
rap albums 1993
  1. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan
  2. Enta da Stage - Black Moon
  3. Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest
  4. Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
  5. 93 'til Infinity - Souls of Mischief
  6. Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) - Digable Planets
  7. Black Sunday - Cypress Hill
  8. Buhloone Mind State - De La Soul
  9. Jazzmatazz - Guru
10. Innercity Griots - Freestyle Fellowship
1992
rap albums 1992
  1. The Chronic - Dr. Dre
  2. Daily Operation - Gang Starr
  3. Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - The Pharcyde
  4. Check Your Head - Beastie Boys
  5. Whut? Thee Album - Redman
  6. Runaway Slave - Showbiz & A.G.
  7. Mecca and the Soul Brother - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
  8. Live and Let Die - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  9. Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop - Diamond D
10. Don't Sweat the Technique - Eric B. & Rakim
1991
rap albums 1991
  1. The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
  2. Breaking Atoms - Main Source
  3. Death Certificate - Ice Cube
  4. A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Black Sheep
  5. De La Soul Is Dead - De La Soul
  6. Apocalypse '91...The Enemy Strikes Black - Public Enemy
  7. Organized Konfusion - Organized Konfusion
  8. I Wish My Brother George Was Here - Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
  9. O.G. Original Gangster - Ice-T
10. Ain't a Damn Thang Changed - WC and the Maad Circle
1990
rap albums 1990
  1. Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy
  2. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted - Ice Cube
  3. Step in the Arena - Gang Starr
  4. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest
  5. One for All - Brand Nubian
  6. Wanted: Dead or Alive - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  7. Take a Look Around - Masta Ace
  8. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em - Eric B. & Rakim
  9. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
10. Intelligent Hoodlum - Intelligent Hoodlum
Rap Albums 1986-1989 title
1989
  1. Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
  2. 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul
  3. Road to the Riches - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  4. Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip-Hop - Boogie Down Productions
  5. It's a Big Daddy Thing - Big Daddy Kane
  6. No One Can Do It Better - The D.O.C.
  7. Grip It! On That Other Level - Geto Boys
  8. The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say - Ice-T
  9. Done by the Forces of Nature - Jungle Brothers
10. Unfinished Business - EPMD
1988
  1. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
  2. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
  3. Critical Beatdown - Ultramagnetic MC's
  4. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick - Slick Rick
  5. Follow the Leader - Eric B. & Rakim
  6. By All Means Necessary - Boogie Down Productions
  7. Long Live the Kane - Big Daddy Kane
  8. Strictly Business - EPMD
  9. Straight Out the Jungle - Jungle Brothers
10. In Full Gear - Stetsasonic
1987
  1. Paid in Full - Eric B. & Rakim
  2. Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
  3. Yo! Bum Rush the Show - Public Enemy
  4. Rhyme Pays - Ice-T
  5. BAD: Bigger and Deffer - LL Cool J
  6. Saturday Night! - The Album - Schoolly D
  7. Down by Law - MC Shan
  8. How Ya Like Me Now - Kool Moe Dee
  9. Dana Dane With Fame - Dana Dane
10. Rock the House - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
1986
  1. D.M.C.-Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C.
  2. Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
  3. Planet Rock: The Album - Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force
  4. Oh My God! - Doug E. Fresh
  5. Schoolly D - Schoolly D
  6. Born to Mack - Too $hort
  7. Hot, Cool, Vicious - Salt-N-Pepa
  8. Is What We Are - 2 Live Crew
  9. On Fire - Stetsasonic
10. Back in Black - Whodini
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