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50 Great Albums From Rappers With Poetic Flows

Hip-hop has birthed some of the greatest poets of our time. From Biggie to Common to KRS-One and more, here are 50 Great Albums From Rappers With Poetic Flows.

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6 Hip-Hop Acts Who Have Dropped Live Albums
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6 Hip-Hop Acts Who Have Dropped Live Albums

With J. Cole releasing a live album yesterday, XXL looks back at past MCs who have released live albums as well.

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Today in Hip-Hop: Boogie Down Productions Drop ‘Edutainment’

On this day, July 17, in hip-hop history…

1990: Boogie Down Productions was a driving force for South Bronx hip-hop back in the 1990's...

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Today in Hip-Hop: Three Important Hip-Hop Albums Drop

On this day, Mar. 3, in hip-hop history, three influential albums dropped: De La Soul's '3 Feet High and Rising', KRS-One's 'Criminal Minded' and Scarface's 'My Homies.'

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Today in Hip-Hop: Boogie Down Productions Drop ‘By All Means Necessary’

Boogie Down in the building still.

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You guys loved our One-Producer Albums feature so much, that we decided to flip things on their heads and dive into some of the best albums of all time that only feature one rapper. Turns out, this one was a lot trickier; not only do most rappers feature at least one rapper as a guest—Biggie's Ready To Die only incorporated Method Man for "The What," while Nas' Illmatic grabbed AZ to help out on "Life's A Bitch"—but the remaining well skewed so deeply toward the earliest hip-hop albums that we had to modify our criteria to include albums that had some guests, as long as they weren't rapping alongside the primary artist.  What we found was, typically, skewed toward the early side of hip-hop—the Bridge Wars projects, early installments from Rakim and Scarface—but there has been a bit of a resurgence in the past few years of rappers aiming to tackle entire projects completely on their own, with Skyzoo, Brother Ali and Childish Gambino all jumping on board. We've also carried over one other piece of the criteria from our One-Producer Albums list—only one album per rapper could make the list.  So, without further ado, XXL presents 20 of the greatest albums of all time that feature one—and only one—rapper throughout the entire project. Let the words begin to fly. —Dan Rys and Layne Weiss
You guys loved our One-Producer Albums feature so much, that we decided to flip things on their heads and dive into some of the best albums of all time that only feature one rapper. Turns out, this one was a lot trickier; not only do most rappers feature at least one rapper as a guest—Biggie's Ready To Die only incorporated Method Man for "The What," while Nas' Illmatic grabbed AZ to help out on "Life's A Bitch"—but the remaining well skewed so deeply toward the earliest hip-hop albums that we had to modify our criteria to include albums that had some guests, as long as they weren't rapping alongside the primary artist.

What we found was, typically, skewed toward the early side of hip-hop—the Bridge Wars projects, early installments from Rakim and Scarface—but there has been a bit of a resurgence in the past few years of rappers aiming to tackle entire projects completely on their own, with Skyzoo, Brother Ali and Childish Gambino all jumping on board. We've also carried over one other piece of the criteria from our One-Producer Albums list—only one album per rapper could make the list.

So, without further ado, XXL presents 20 of the greatest albums of all time that feature one—and only one—rapper throughout the entire project. Let the words begin to fly. Dan Rys and Layne Weiss
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20 Of The Best One-Rapper Albums In Hip-Hop History

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Troy Ave’s Favorite New York City Songs From Each Borough

New York’s Troy Ave takes a lot of pride in his hometown—so much so that he named his debut album, which dropped earlier this week, New York City The Album...

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The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time

The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time

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Boogie Down Productions Rapper Ms. Melodie Dies

The Boogie Down Productions rapstress and ex-wife to KRS-One passed away on Tuesday night...

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10 Old School Rap Album Covers That’d Probably Get Banned Today

Why can't the powers that be just let some artist be great?

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