10 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of The 1980s - Ranked

The most legendary albums from an evolutionary phase of hip-hop.


The 1980s was a crucial time in the development of the modern era of hip-hop we know today, and the trail that these artists blazed for generations would come to provide respectively important music of it's own, and it is crucial to give a retrospective look at the icons that shaped the game.

Artists like Public Enemy, Run-DMC, LL Cool J, and N.W.A all made their marks as cornerstones of hip-hop history as household names that would represent the genre in proper fashion, including the powerful tool of protest in music.

It was an evolutionary time for rap, and lyricism evolved from the early styles of funk MC's that brought creative styles of delivery in the 1970s was meshed into a brand new, unique genre of music.

Initially perceived as temporary and meaningless, hip-hop is now a huge industry that entails moguls, artists, and the overall collective consciousness of a generation of rappers that have taken pop-music by storm. These are the artists that paved the way for the era we know today - the absolute 10 best hip-hop albums of the 1980s.

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Miguel Meza is a writer out of Los Angeles, California. Specializing in journalistic writing, and dabbling in creative writing as a filmmaker, he plans on making an impact as WhatCulture's resident hip-hop writer, stuck in the heart of the rap industry and in love with the business.