I was introduced to hip hop via the single “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang. The year was 1979, and I was a middle school student at the time. I was amazed by what I heard. The sound was fresh, innovative and captivating. The perfect vehicle for cultural change as the country entered a new decade. Many incredible artists emerged in the years to come, and my heart and mind are filled with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of the twenty best hip hop albums of all time in no particular order.

  1. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Public Enemy
  2. By All Means Necessary Boogie Down Productions
  3. Hot, Cool & Vicious Salt-N-Pepa
  4. Paid In Full Eric B. & Rakim
  5. Power Ice T.
  6. All Hail The Queen Queen Latifah
  7. King Of Rock Run-DMC
  8. Licensed To Ill The Beastie Boys
  9. Lyte As A Rock MC Lyte
  10. Straight Outta Compton N.W.A
  11. 2 Hype Kid-N-Play
  12. Living Large Heavy D & The Boys
  13. Radio LL Cool J
  14. How Ya Like Me Now Kool Moe Dee
  15. 2 Live Is What We Are 2 Live Crew
  16. Down To Earth Monie Love
  17. Supersonic J.J. Fad
  18. Goin Off Biz Markie
  19. Long Live The Kane Big Daddy Kane
  20. Youngest In Charge Special Ed