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The 30 greatest hip hop albums ever

Hip hop has reached the grand old age of 40. Happy birthday, hip hop!

And now that life begins for this most colourful, confrontational and controversial of musical artforms, what better way to reflect upon the last 40 years than by rounding up the definitive 30 greatest hip hop albums of all time.

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge…

You can listen to a Spotify playlist of the key tracks here.



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