Top 25 Hip Hop Artists In Terms of Their Work In The 2000s (2000-2009)

In the ten year period spanning 2000-2009, which Hip Hop artists were the greatest?

Criteria: Most Talent Displayed, Success/Popularity, Importance, Innovation/Pioneering Influence on the Rap Game, Work Rate/Production Quality

25. Drake

Important Releases: So Far Gone (2009), Comeback Season (2008), Room For Improvement (2004)

 

 

 

 

24. Lupe Fiasco

Important Releases: Food & Liquor (2006), The Cool (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23. Black Thought

(of ‘The Roots’)

Important Releases (with ‘The Roots’): Phrenology (2002),  Game Theory (2006), The Tipping Point (2004), Rising Down (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

22. Talib Kweli

Important Releases: Quality (2002), Train of Thought (with Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal, 2000), The Beautiful Struggle (2004)

 

 

 

 

21. Rick Ross

Important Releases: Deeper Than Rap (2009), Port of Miami (2006), Trilla (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

20. Pusha T

(of ‘Clipse’)

Important Releases (with ‘Clipse’): Hell Hath No Fury (2006), Lord Willin’ (2002), Til The Casket Drops (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

19. Gift of Gab

(of ‘Blackalicious’)

Important Releases: Blazing Arrow (Blackalicious, 2002), 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (2004), Nia (Blackalicious, 2000)*, The Craft (2005)

 

 

 

 

18. Immortal Technique

Important Releases: Revolutionary Vols. 1 + 2 (2001/2003), The 3rd World (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Ludacris

Important Releases: Word of Mouf (2001), Release Therapy (2006), Chicken-N-Beer (2003), Back For The First Time (2000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Mos Def

Important Releases: The Ecstatic (2009), The New Danger (2004), We Are Hip-Hop: Me, You, Everybody (2002)

 

 

 

 

15. Dr. Dre

Important Releases [Production Credits]: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), 50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003), The Game – The Documentary (2005)

 

 

 

 

 

14. Cam’ron

Important Releases: Diplomatic Immunity/2 (with ‘Dipset’, 2003/4) Purple Haze (2004), Come Home with Me (2002)

 

 

 

 

 

13. Madlib

Important Releases: Beat Konducta Series (2006-2009), Madvillainy (with MF DOOM, 2004), Champion Sound (with J Dilla as ‘Jaylib’, 2003), Blunted in the Bomb Shelter(2002), Invasion (2000)

 

 

 

 

 

12. Andre 3000

(of ‘OutKast’)

Important Releases (with ‘OutKast’): Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003), Stankonia (2000), Idlewild (2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. MF DOOM

Important Releases: Madvillainy (with Madlib, 2004), Mm.. Food (2004), The Mouse and the Mask (with Danger Mouse as ‘Danger Doom, 2005), Vaudeville Villain (as ‘Viktor Vaughn, 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

10. Nas

Important Releases: The Lost Tapes (2002), Stillmatic (2001), God’s Son (2002), Untitled (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. J Dilla

Important Releases: Donuts (2006), Ruff Draft (2003), The Shining (2006), Fantastic, Vol. 2 (with ‘Slum Village, 2000), Champion Sound (with Madlib as ‘Jaylib, 2003), Jay Love Japan (2006)

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Game

Important Releases: The Documentary (2005), Doctor’s Advocate (2006), L.A.X. (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. T.I.

Important Releases: Trap Muzik (2003), Urban Legend (2004), T.I. vs. T.I.P. (2007), King (2006), I’m Serious (2001), Paper Trail (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. 50 Cent

Important Releases: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003), The Massacre (2005), 50 Cent Is the Future (with ‘G-Unit, 2002), Power of the Dollar (bootleg, 2000), Beg For Mercy (with ‘G-Unit’, 2003), Curtis (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Jay-Z

Important Releases: The Blueprint (2001), The Black Album (2004), American Gangster (2007), The Blueprint 3 (2009), Jay-Z: Unplugged (2001), The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)

 

 

 

 

 

4. Young Jeezy

Important Releases: Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (2004), The Inspiration (2006), The Recession (2008), Come Shop Wit Me (2003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Kanye West

Important Releases: The College Dropout (2004), 808s & Heartbreak (2008), Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Eminem

Important Releases: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), The Eminem Show (2002), Relapse (2009), D12 World (with D12, 2004), Encore (2004)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Lil Wayne

Important Releases: Tha Carter II (2005), Dedication 2 (Mixtape/2006), Tha Carter III (2008), Like Father, Like Son (with Birdman), Tha Carter (2004), Da Drought 3 (Mixtape/2007), Lights Out (2000)

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