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

1. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
July 25th, 1989
USER SCORE
88
279 reviews

2. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
March 3rd, 1989
USER SCORE
87
123 reviews

4. Eric B. & Rakim - Follow the Leader

Eric B. & Rakim - Follow the Leader
August 4th, 1988
USER SCORE
84
44 reviews

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

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
August 8th, 1988
USER SCORE
84
232 reviews

6. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
March 3rd, 1987
USER SCORE
83
32 reviews

7. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
July 7th, 1987
USER SCORE
83
107 reviews

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

Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
May 15th, 1986
USER SCORE
82
57 reviews

9. EPMD - Strictly Business

EPMD - Strictly Business
August 30th, 1988
USER SCORE
81
25 reviews

10. Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
November 1st, 1988
USER SCORE
81
61 reviews

11. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
November 15th, 1986
USER SCORE
81
209 reviews

12. Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show

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

13. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.

Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
March 27th, 1984
USER SCORE
75
41 reviews

15. Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It
September 13th, 1988
USER SCORE
66
25 reviews
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