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The Best Hip Hop Albums of the 1980s by User Score

2.

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
July 25th, 1989
USER SCORE
87
435 reviews

3.

De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
March 3rd, 1989
USER SCORE
84
199 reviews

4.

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
August 8th, 1988
USER SCORE
82
402 reviews

5.

Eric B. & Rakim - Follow the Leader
August 4th, 1988
USER SCORE
82
70 reviews

6.

Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
March 3rd, 1987
USER SCORE
81
60 reviews

7.

Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi
May 2nd, 1989
USER SCORE
81
32 reviews

9.

Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
October 4th, 1988
USER SCORE
81
42 reviews

10.

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
July 7th, 1987
USER SCORE
80
175 reviews

11.

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
November 15th, 1986
USER SCORE
80
340 reviews

12.

Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
November 1st, 1988
USER SCORE
79
105 reviews

13.

Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
May 15th, 1986
USER SCORE
79
102 reviews

14.

The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better
June 16th, 1989
USER SCORE
78
26 reviews

15.

Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show
April 1st, 1987
USER SCORE
78
58 reviews

16.

EPMD - Strictly Business
August 30th, 1988
USER SCORE
76
53 reviews

17.

Big Daddy Kane - It's a Big Daddy Thing
September 12th, 1989
USER SCORE
74
29 reviews

18.

Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane
June 21st, 1988
USER SCORE
74
55 reviews

19.

Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
March 27th, 1984
USER SCORE
72
81 reviews

21.

Run-D.M.C. - King of Rock
January 21st, 1985
USER SCORE
69
27 reviews

22.

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18th, 1985
USER SCORE
64
42 reviews

23.

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It
September 13th, 1988
USER SCORE
62
49 reviews
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