Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

Posted Jan 17, 2012
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  1. Tha Carter III
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    Tha Carter III (2008)

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    Tha Carter III is the sixth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on June 10, 2008, by Cash Money and Universal Motown. It follows a long string of mixtape releases and guest appearances on other hip hop and R&B artists records, helping to increase his exposure in the mainstream. The album's cover art features a baby picture of Wayne and is similar to covers of hip hop albums such as Nas's Illmatic (1994) and Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die (1994). Amid release delays and leaks, Tha Carter III became one of the most anticipated releases of 2008.


  2. Recovery
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    Recovery (2010)

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    Recovery is the seventh studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released on June 18, 2010, by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records as the follow-up to Eminem's Relapse (2009). Originally planned to be released as Relapse 2, the album was renamed to Recovery when Eminem found the music of the new album different from its predecessor.


  3. Stankonia
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    Stankonia (2000)

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    Stankonia is the fourth studio album by American hip hop duo OutKast, released October 31, 2000 on La Face Records. The album was recorded in the duo's recently purchased Atlanta recording facility, Stankonia Studios, allowing for fewer time constraints and more musical experimentation.


  4. The Slim Shady LP
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    The Slim Shady LP (1999)

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    The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album by American rapper Eminem, and also his first on a major label. It was released on February 23, 1999, under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan following Eminem's recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. The majority of the record's lyrical content is written from the perspective of the rapper's alter ego Slim Shady, whom the rapper created on Slim Shady EP (1997). The lyrics are noted for their over-the-top depictions of violence and heavy use of profanity.


  5. The Marshall Mathers Lp
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    The Marshall Mathers Lp (2000)

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    The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released on May 23, 2000, by Aftermath Records, Interscope Records, and Eminem's newly founded label, Shady Records in the United States, and on September 11, 2000, by Polydor Records in the United Kingdom. The album was produced mostly by Dr. Dre and Eminem, along with The 45 King, Bass Brothers, and Mel-Man. Released a year after Eminem's breakout album The Slim Shady LP, the record features more introspective lyricism including the rapper's response to his sudden rise to fame and controversy surrounding his lyrics.


  6. The Eminem Show
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    The Eminem Show (2002)

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    The Eminem Show is the fourth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on May 21, 2002 by Aftermath Records, Shady Records, and Interscope Records. The Eminem Show includes the worldwide hit singles "Without Me", Cleanin' Out My Closet", Superman", and "Sing for the Moment".


  7. Relapse
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    Relapse (2009)

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    Relapse is the sixth studio album by American rapper Eminem. The album was released on May 19, 2009 under Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records. It was his first album of original material since Encore (2004), following a four-year hiatus from recording due to his writer's block and an addiction to prescription sleeping medication. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2005 to 2009 at several recording studios, and Dr. Dre, Mark Batson, and Eminem handled production. Conceptually, Relapse concerns the ending of his drug rehabilitation, rapping after a non-fictional relapse, and the return of his Slim Shady alter-ego.


  8. The College Dropout
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    The College Dropout (2004)

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    The College Dropout is the debut studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released February 10, 2004, on Roc-A-Fella Records. It was recorded over a period of four years, beginning in 1999. The production of the album was often halted by the lack of confidence that producers had in West's rapping ability, eventually being convinced based on the success of his early musical ventures. Prior to the album's release, West had worked on rapper Jay-Z's The Blueprint (2001), which showcased his melodic and soulful style of hip hop production.


  9. Graduation
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    Graduation (2007)

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    Graduation is the third studio album by American hip hop recording artist and producer Kanye West. It was released on September 11, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2005 to 2007 at Chung King Studios and Sony Music Studios in New York City and at Chalice Studios and The Record Plant in Los Angeles. It was primarily produced by West and DJ Toomp and features guest contributions from artists including Mos Def, Dwele, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The album's cover artwork was designed by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.


  10. Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
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    Speakerboxxx / The Love Below (2003)

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    Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the fifth studio album by American hip hop duo OutKast, released September 23, 2003 on LaFace Records. Issued as a double album, its playtime of more than two hours is distributed over solo albums from each of the group's members. Speakerboxxx is the solo project of Big Boi and a Southern hip hop album with a P-Funk influence, while André 3000's The Love Below features psychedelic, pop, funk, electro, and jazz styles.


  11. Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
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    Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (1998)

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    Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life is the third studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released on September 29, 1998, on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States.


  12. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
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    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

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    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the fifth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West, released on November 22, 2010, through Roc-A-Fella Records. Following a period of legal and public image controversy, West took a short hiatus from his music career. During a "self-imposed exile" to Hawaii, he conceived the project; West subsequently worked on it through a communal development that involved him and other musicians and producers contributing collectively to its music between 2009 and 2010. Production was handled by West and several other record producers, including Jeff Bhasker, RZA, No I.D., and Mike Dean, among others. The album's original cover art was designed by George Condo and rejected by some retail outlets; it features a presumably naked West being straddled by a nude winged female, with a spotted tail protruding from her buttocks.


  13. Release Therapy
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    Release Therapy (2006)

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    Release Therapy is the sixth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Ludacris. It was released on September 26, 2006, under Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam.


  14. Late Registration
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    Late Registration (2005)

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    Late Registration is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released on August 30, 2005, by Roc-A-Fella Records. Recording sessions for the album took place over the course of a year at Record Plant Studios, Chalice Recording Studios, and Grandmaster Recording Studios in Hollywood, and at Sony Music Studios in New York City. West collaborated with American record producer and composer Jon Brion to produce Late Registration, and the album features guest contributions from artists such as Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx, Nas, Brandy, and Adam Levine, among others.


  15. Take Care
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    Take Care (2011)

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    Take Care is the second studio album by Canadian recording artist Drake; it was released on November 15, 2011, by Aspire Music Group, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. The album serves as a follow-up to his debut album Thank Me Later (2010). Production for the album took place during 2010 to 2011 and it was handled by Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Just Blaze, The Weeknd and Jamie xx, among others. Drake sought as he began to record a more cohesive recording than his debut album, which he felt was rushed throughout this whole development. While expanding on the sonic aesthetic of his debut album, Take Care features an atmospheric sound that is characterized by low-key musical elements and incorporates R&B, pop, electronica, and post-dubstep styles. Drake's lyrics mostly eschew boastful raps for introspective lyrics that deal with topics such as failed romances, relationship with friends and family, growing wealth and fame, concerns about leading a hollow life, and despondency.


  16. The Score
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    The Score (1996)

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    The Score is the second and final studio album by the hip hop trio Fugees, released worldwide February 13, 1996 on Columbia Records. The album features a wide range of samples and instrumentation, with many aspects of alternative hip hop that would come to dominate the hip hop music scene in the mid-late 1990s. The Score's production was handled mostly by the Fugees themselves and Jerry Duplessis, with additional production from Salaam Remi, John Forté, Diamond D, and Shawn King. The album's guest raps are from Outsidaz members Rah Digga, Young Zee and Pacewon, as well as Omega, John Forté, and Diamond D. Most versions of the album feature four bonus tracks, including three remixes of "Fu-Gee-La", and a short acoustic Wyclef Jean solo track entitled "Mista Mista".


  17. Poverty's Paradise
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    Poverty's Paradise (1995)

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    Poverty's Paradise is the fourth album from Naughty by Nature, released on May 30, 1995 as their final album under Tommy Boy Records. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. A single released from the album, "Feel Me Flow", achieved major success, peaking at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, two other singles "Craziest" and "Clap Yo Hands, achieved minor success, the former peaking at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.


  18. No Way Out
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    No Way Out (1997)

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    No Way Out is the debut studio album by American hip-hop artist Puff Daddy; released on July 1, 1997, by his record label Bad Boy Records. The label also receives official crediting on the album as "The Family" with the album's guest appearances from a large number of artists from his label. Production was handled by Puff Daddy (real name Sean Combs) and various members of production group The Hitmen. The album was executive produced by Combs himself, The Notorious B.I.G. and Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie (of The Hitmen), which is predominantly a rap-based, although it features generally introspective content, largely focused on this album, including his close friend The Notorious B.I.G.'s killing on March 9, 1997: however, the album features several more aggressive and positive songs recorded before the shooting. It was originally to be titled Hell Up in Harlem; the album underwent several changes (the title included) after the death of his close friend emotionally affected Combs, who postponed the album in order to record several of the album's more emotional songs.


  19. The Marshall Mathers LP 2
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    The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

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    The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the eighth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on November 5, 2013, by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records. It is a sequel to 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP. Production for the album took place from 2012 to 2013 and was handled by Eminem and other record producers, including Rick Rubin, Luis Resto, Emile Haynie, and Alex da Kid. The album features guest appearances from singers Skylar Grey, Rihanna, and Fun frontman Nate Ruess, with the only other rapper appearing on the album being Eminem's Aftermath label-mate Kendrick Lamar.


  20. The Heist
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    The Heist (2012)

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    The Heist is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Independently produced, recorded and released by the duo, the album was released on October 9, 2012 with no mainstream promotion or support. However, shortly after the album release, the duo hired Warner Music Group's radio promotion department to help push their singles for a small percentage of the sales.




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