So with a lot of these albums, you might be tempted just to say “all the songs are incredible.” Which is true for most of them, that’s why they’re classic rap albums.

But the goal here is to pick the very best three consecutive songs out of an album that has 10 to 15 of them.

So let’s get into it, here are the best 3-song runs on 58 classic rap albums; from Run-D.M.C. to Mobb Deep, OutKast to Kanye.

Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Raising Hell

Released: May 27, 1986

  1. “It’s Tricky”
  2. “My Adidas”
  3. “Walk This Way”

Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Boogie

Released: March 3, 1987

  1. “Poetry”
  2. “South Bronx”
  3. “9mm Goes Bang”

Eric B. & Rakim – Paid in Full

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Paid In Full

Released: July 7, 1987

  1. “My Melody”
  2. “I Know You Got Soul”
  3. “Move the Crowd”

EPMD – Strictly Business

Greatest Three Album Runs In Hip Hop History Epmd

Released: June 7, 1988

  1. “You Gots to Chill”
  2. “It’s My Thing”
  3. “You’re a Customer”

Big Daddy Kane – Long Live the Kane

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Released: June 28, 1988

  1. “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'”
  2. “I’ll Take You There”
  3. “Just Rhymin’ with Biz”

N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton

Greatest Rap Album Opening Lines Of All Time Straight Outta Compton

Released: August 8, 1988

  1. “Straight Outta Compton”
  2. “Fuck tha Police”
  3. “Gangsta Gangsta”

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

25 Greatest Years In Hip Hop History Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

Released:

  1. “Rebel Without a Pause”
  2. “Prophets of Rage”
  3. “Party for Your Right to Fight”

Slick Rick – The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Great Adventures Slick Rick

Released:

  1. “The Ruler’s Back”
  2. “Children’s Story”
  3. “The Moment I Feared”

A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Tribe

Released: April 10, 1990

  1. “Pubic Enemy”
  2. “Bonita Applebum”
  3. “Can I Kick It?”

Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted

Greatest Three Album Runs In Hip Hop History Ice Cube

Released: May 16, 1990

  1. “The Nigga Ya Love to Hate”
  2. “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”
  3. “What They Hittin’ Foe?”

Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Cypress Hill

Released: August 13, 1991

  • “Pigs”
  • “How I Could Just Kill a Man”
  • “Hand on the Pump”

Naughty by Nature – Naughty by Nature

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Naughty By Nature

Released: September 3, 1991

  1. “Wickedest Man Alive”
  2. “O.P.P.”
  3. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”

Ice Cube – Death Certificate

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Ice Cube Death

Released: October 29, 1991

  1. “The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit”
  2. “My Summer Vacation”
  3. “Steady Mobbin'”

A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders

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Released: November 9, 1993

  1. “Steve Biko (Stir It Up)”
  2. “Award Tour”
  3. “8 Million Stories”

Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Enter The Wu Tang

Released: November 9, 1993

  1. “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'”
  2. “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit”
  3. “C.R.E.A.M.”

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 Doggystyle

Released: November 23, 1993

  1. “Murder Was the Case”
  2. “Serial Killa”
  3. “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)”

Nas – Illmatic

25 Greatest Years In Hip Hop History Illmatic

Released: April 19, 1994

  1. “N.Y. State of Mind”
  2. “Life’s a Bitch”
  3. “The World Is Yours”

OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Greatest Three Album Runs In Hip Hop History Outkast

Released: April 26, 1994

  1. “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”
  2. “Call of da Wild”
  3. “Player’s Ball”

The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Ready To Die

Released: September 13, 1994

  1. “The What” (featuring Method Man)
  2. “Juicy”
  3. “Everyday Struggle”

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Main Ingredient

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Pete Rock

Released: October 8, 1994

  1. “I Get Physical”
  2. “Sun Won’t Come Out”
  3. “I Got a Love”

2Pac – Me Against the World

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Released: March 14, 1995

  1. “If I Die 2Nite”
  2. “Me Against the World”
  3. “So Many Tears”

Mobb Deep – The Infamous

Greatest Three Album Runs In Hip Hop History Mobb Deep

Released: April 25, 1995

  1. “Drink Away the Pain (Situations)”
  2. “Shook Ones (Part II)”
  3. “Party Over”

Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Released: August 1, 1995

  1. “Criminology”
  2. “Incarcerated Scarfaces”
  3. “Rainy Dayz”

GZA – Liquid Swords

Greatest Rap Album Opening Lines Of All Time Liquid Swords

Released: November 7, 1995

  1. “Labels” 2:54
  2. “4th Chamber” (featuring Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest & RZA) 4:37
  3. “Shadowboxin'” (featuring Method Man)

2Pac – All Eyez on Me

Greatest Rap Album Opening Lines Of All Time All Eyez On Me

Released: February 13, 1996

  1. “Got My Mind Made Up”
  2. “How Do U Want It”
  3. “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted”

Fugees – The Score

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 Score Fugees

Released: February 13, 1996

  1. “Fu-Gee-La”
  2. “Family Business”
  3. “Killing Me Softly”

Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt

Greatest Rap Album Opening Lines Of All Time Reasonable Doubt

Released: June 25, 1996

  1. “Dead Presidents II”
  2. “Feelin’ It”
  3. “D’Evils”

OutKast – ATLiens

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Outkast Atliens

Released: August 27, 1996

  1. “Wheelz of Steel”
  2. “Jazzy Belle”
  3. “Elevators (Me & You)”

2Pac – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Makaveli

Released: November 5, 1996

  1. “Hail Mary”
  2. “Toss It Up”
  3. “To Live & Die in L.A.”

The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Life After Death

Released: March 25, 1997

  1. “Somebody’s Gotta Die”
  2. “Hypnotize”
  3. “Kick in the Door”

OutKast – Aquemini

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Aquemini

Released: September 29, 1998

  1. Return of the G
  2. Rosa Parks
  3. Skew It On the Bar-B

Dr. Dre – 2001

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Dre 2001

Released: November 16, 1999

  1. “The Watcher”
  2. “Fuck You”
  3. “Still D.R.E.”

OutKast – Stankonia

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Outkast

Released: October 31, 2000

  1. “So Fresh, So Clean”
  2. “Ms. Jackson”
  3. “Snappin’ & Trappin'”

Jay-Z – The Blueprint

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Blueprint

Released: September 11, 2001

  1. “Takeover”
  2. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”
  3. “Girls, Girls, Girls”

Clipse – Lord Willin’

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Lord Willin

Released: August 20, 2002

  1. “Young Boy”
  2. “Virginia”
  3. “Grindin'”

The Roots – Phrenology

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Roots

Released: November 26, 2002

  1. “Thought @ Work”
  2. “The Seed (2.0)”
  3. “Break You Off”

50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Get Rich Or Die Tryin

Released: February 6, 2003

  1. “What Up Gangsta”
  2. “Patiently Waiting”
  3. “Many Men (Wish Death)”

Jay-Z – The Black Album

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Released: November 14, 2003

  1. “Moment of Clarity”
  2. “99 Problems”
  3. “Public Service Announcement (Interlude)”

Kanye West – The College Dropout

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Released: February 10, 2004

  1. “Spaceship”
  2. “Jesus Walks”
  3. “Never Let Me Down”

The Game – The Documentary

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 Documentary

Released: January 18, 2005

  1. “Hate It or Love It”
  2. “Higher”
  3. “How We Do”

Kanye West – Late Registration

Ranking Kanye West First Week Album Sales Late Registration

Released: August 30, 2005

  1. “Heard ‘Em Say”
  2. “Touch the Sky”
  3. “Gold Digger”

Common – Be

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Common Be

Released: May 24, 2005

  1. “Be (Intro)”
  2. “The Corner”
  3. “Go!”

Young Jeezy – Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Greatest Three Album Runs In Hip Hop History Jeezy

Released: July 26, 2005

  1. “Thug Motivation 101”
  2. “Standing Ovation”
  3. “Standing Ovation”

T.I. – King

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 King

Released: March 28, 2006

  1. “Front Back”
  2. “What You Know”
  3. “I’m Talkin’ to You”

Ghostface Killah – Fishscale

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Fishscale

Released: March 28, 2006

  1. “Shakey Dog”
  2. “Kilo”
  3. “The Champ”

Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Hell Hath No Fury

Released: 28 November 2006

  1. “We Got It for Cheap (Intro)”
  2. “Momma I’m So Sorry”
  3. “Mr. Me Too”

Blu & Exile – Below the Heavens

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Blu Exile

Released: July 17, 2007

  1. “Blu Colla Workers”
  2. “Dancing in the Rain”
  3. “First Things First”

Lupe Fiasco – The Cool

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Lupe

Released: December 18, 2007

  1. “Go Go Gadget Flow”
  2. “The Coolest”
  3. “Superstar”

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 Tha Carter Iii

Released: June 10, 2008

  • “Mr. Carter”
  • “A Milli”
  • “Got Money”

Rick Ross – Teflon Don

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Released: July 20, 2010

  1. “MC Hammer”
  2. “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)”
  3. “Aston Martin Music”

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Mbdtf

Released: November 22, 2010

  1. “Monster”
  2. “So Appalled”
  3. “Devil in a New Dress”

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Watch The Throne

Released: August 8, 2011

  1. “Ni**as in Paris”
  2. “Otis”
  3. “Gotta Have It”

Drake – Take Care

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 Take Care

Released: November 15, 2011

  1. “Crew Love”
  2. “Take Care”
  3. “Marvins Room”

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Best Hip Hop Album Every Year Since 1986 Good Kid

Released: October 22, 2012

  1. “M.A.A.D City”
  2. “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  3. “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst”

ASAP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP

Every Single Hip Hop Billboard Number One Album Since 1986 Long Live Asap

Released: January 15, 2013

  1. “Long Live ASAP”
  2. “Goldie”
  3. “PMW (All I Really Need)”

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels

Best 3 Song Run On Classic Rap Albums Run The Jewels

Released: June 26, 2013

  1. “Run the Jewels”
  2. “Banana Clipper”
  3. “36” Chain”

Future – DS2

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Released: July 17, 2015

  1. “Thought It Was a Drought”
  2. “I Serve the Base”
  3. “Where Ya At”