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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

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

48. Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow

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

46. Nice & Smooth - Nice & Smooth

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

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

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

42. Fat Boys - Fat Boys

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

41. Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now

Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now
November 3, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

40. MC Shan - Down By Law

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

38. Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen

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

37. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.

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

34. Special Ed - Youngest in Charge

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

32. Ice-T - Power

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

31. Salt-n-Pepa - Hot, Cool & Vicious

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

30. MC Lyte - Lyte as a Rock

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

29. Marley Marl - In Control, Volume 1

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

28. LL Cool J - Radio

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

27. Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It

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

25. Big Daddy Kane - It's a Big Daddy Thing

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

23. EPMD - Unfinished Business

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

22. 3rd Bass - The Cactus Album

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

21. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road to the Riches

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road to the Riches
March 14, 1989
Critic Score
80
1 review

20. Whodini - Escape

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

18. Eric B. & Rakim - Follow the Leader

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

17. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

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

16. Jungle Brothers - Straight out the Jungle

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

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

14. Biz Markie - Goin' Off

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

13. Too $hort - Born To Mack

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

12. Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown

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

11. LL Cool J - Bigger and Deffer

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

10. EPMD - Strictly Business

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

9. Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane

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

8. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

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

7. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

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

5. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
November 15, 1986
Critic Score
89
2 reviews

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

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

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

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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