When you think of the lazy days of summer, your mind often drifts to those iconic songs that define your summer experience. What often gets forgotten are the albums that these songs come from. Therefore, we at XXL have compiled a list of the greatest albums with summer release dates in hip-hop history. If they were released between the equinoxes, June 21 to September 21, and they mattered to hip-hop, they are on this list. Since its impossible to digest an album without a little historical context, no album from this summer is on the list. Pour a glass of lemonade and sit back on the porch and read our "The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time."—Written By B.J. Steiner (@DocZeus)

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