These are the best rap albums released after the artist’s death, featuring selections from The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Mac Miller, Pop Smoke, and more.

A posthumous album is an album consisting of previously unreleased material that is only released after an artist’s death.

That’s an important distinction to keep in mind. Most people wouldn’t necessarily consider a greatest hits compilation from a deceased artist to be a posthumous album. That’s because the tracks on a greatest hits compilation aren’t new to listeners (although sometimes record labels add one or two previously unreleased bonus tracks).

In rap, a genre disproportionately affected by deaths of artists, posthumous albums are important commodities because they allow fans to reckon with an artist (at least) one last time before they can look forward to no new music. At that point, their messages become memorialized and we can only marvel at the potential found in their last projects. 

We have compiled the best posthumous rap albums of all time and made a list based on the power and impact of the respective release. Check it out below.

Eazy-E — Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton

Easy-E Album Cover

Juice WRLD — Legends Never Die

Juice Wrld Album Cover

UGK — UGK 4 Life

UGK Album Cover

Pop Smoke — Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon

Pop Smoke Album Cover

Mac Miller — Circles

Mac Miller Album Cover

Tupac/Makiavelli — The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Tupac Album Cover

J Dilla — The Shining 

J Dilla Album Cover

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

Notorious BIG Album Cover