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The Best Hip Hop Albums of the 1980s

1. EPMD - Strictly Business

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

2. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

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

3. LL Cool J - Radio

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

4. 2 Live Crew - As Nasty As They Wanna Be

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

5. 3rd Bass - The Cactus Album

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

6. Too $hort - Life is...Too Short

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

8. Jungle Brothers - Straight out the Jungle

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

12. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

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

13. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
July 25, 1989
Critic Score
94
5 reviews

14. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

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

15. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
November 15, 1986
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

16. Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell

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

17. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.

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

18. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

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

20. Ice-T - Power

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

22. Whodini - Escape

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

24. Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen

Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen
November 1, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

25. MC Lyte - Lyte as a Rock

MC Lyte - Lyte as a Rock
September 13, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review
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