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The Best Hip Hop Albums of the 1980s

1.

Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
March 3, 1987
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

2.

EPMD - Strictly Business
August 30, 1988
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

4.

2 Live Crew - As Nasty As They Wanna Be
February 7, 1989
Critic Score
100
1 review

5.

Too $hort - Life is...Too Short
January 31, 1989
Critic Score
100
1 review

7.

3rd Bass - The Cactus Album
October 23, 1989
Critic Score
100
1 review

8.

Jungle Brothers - Straight out the Jungle
November 8, 1988
Critic Score
100
1 review

9.

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review

12.

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
July 25, 1989
Critic Score
95
6 reviews

13.

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
August 8, 1988
Critic Score
94
4 reviews

14.

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
July 7, 1987
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

15.

Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
May 15, 1986
Critic Score
92
3 reviews

16.

Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
March 27, 1984
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

17.

De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
March 3, 1989
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

20.

Biz Markie - Goin' Off
February 23, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

21.

Ice-T - Power
September 13, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

22.

Whodini - Escape
October 17, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

23.

EPMD - Unfinished Business
July 25, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

24.

Marley Marl - In Control, Volume 1
September 20, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

25.

Kwamé - Kwamé the Boy Genius: Featuring a New Beginning
January 31, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review
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