Complex's Best Rap Albums of the '80s

Complex's Best Rap Albums of the '80s

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50.

Run-D.M.C. - King of Rock
January 21, 1985
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

48.

Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow
September 29, 1980
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

46.

Nice & Smooth - Nice & Smooth
May 16, 1989
Critic Score
70
1 review

43.

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

42.

Fat Boys - Fat Boys
May 29, 1984
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

41.

Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now
November 3, 1987
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

40.

MC Shan - Down By Law
August 8, 1987
Critic Score
60
1 review

38.

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

37.

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

34.

Special Ed - Youngest in Charge
May 16, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

32.

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

31.

Salt-n-Pepa - Hot, Cool & Vicious
December 8, 1986
Critic Score
60
1 review

30.

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

29.

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

28.

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

27.

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It
September 13, 1988
Critic Score
80
1 review

25.

Big Daddy Kane - It's a Big Daddy Thing
September 12, 1989
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

23.

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

22.

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

21.

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road to the Riches
March 14, 1989
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

20.

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

18.

Eric B. & Rakim - Follow the Leader
August 4, 1988
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

17.

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

16.

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

15.

The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better
June 16, 1989
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

14.

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

13.

Too $hort - Born To Mack
July 20, 1987
Critic Score
60
1 review

12.

Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
October 4, 1988
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

11.

LL Cool J - Bigger and Deffer
June 11, 1987
Critic Score
70
1 review

10.

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

9.

Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane
June 21, 1988
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

8.

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

7.

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

5.

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
November 15, 1986
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

4.

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

3.

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
August 8, 1988
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
Original Source: http://www.complex.com/music/50-greatest-rap-albums-1980s/
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