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Susie Moss
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List Rules Greatest rappers from 2000-2010.

The best '00s rappers include any and all worthy artists who influenced hip-hop music between 2000 and 2010. This decade brought with it some of the most talented rappers the music world has ever seen, including the likes of Lil' Wayne, Rock Ross, Nas and Drake. Some rappers on this list were also fantastic in the 90s, but continued to be extremely relevant during subsequent years. Agree with the choices on this best '00s rappers list? Vote them up! Obviously, you can also vote down those artists you don't think deserve to be listed. Also? If you have a particular favorite rapper from the '00s that isn't on this list, by all means, add away!

Rap music skyrocketed to popularity in the 2000s, with artists like Eminem leading the way, as the genre went totally mainstream. In addition, the '00s saw a whole slew of cross-over rap artists charting, including the likes of OutKast and Gnarls Barkley. Some of the biggest selling albums of this decade were rap albums, including Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' albums, Nelly's 'Country Grammer' and 2000's 'The Marshall Mathers LP' by Eminem (produced by Dr. Dre). Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy in the 90s (and formally known as Sean Combs), released the album 'The Saga Continues...' as "P. Diddy" in 2001 and, after changing his stage name (again) to just "Diddy," he released the wildly popular album 'Press Play' in 2006. And, while Ludacris released his first album in the 90s, his major label debut came in 2000 with 'Back for the First Time.' He followed that up with 2001's 'Word of Mouf' -- thus, earning a spot on this list of the best rappers of the 2000s.

And of course, no discussion of the best '00 rappers would be complete without a mention of Kanye West. West produced for others during the 90s and early 2000s (including incredible work on Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' album), but in 2004, with the release of his debut album, 'The College Dropout,' Kanye became a huge commercial success. 'The College Dropout' established West as one of the most talented rappers/hip hop artists of the decade.

Yes, it's easy to put together a list of the best '00s rappers with names like Eminem, Kanye West and Jay-Z, but digging a little deeper produces some outstanding artists like Talib Kweli and Jadakiss.
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Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
André 3000 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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T.I. Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

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DMX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Lil Wayne Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
J. Cole Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues

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Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Nelly Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Kid Cudi Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Jayceon Terrell Taylor Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Tech N9ne

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Young Jeezy Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

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Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Big Boi Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop

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Twista is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Twista Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Fabolous Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Redman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Redman Hip hop music

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Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Logic Hip hop music

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Chamillionaire Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Lloyd Banks Hip hop music

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

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Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

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Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Timbaland Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative hip hop

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Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Big Sean Hip hop music

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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Randy Savage Rap, Hip hop music

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Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Slaughterhouse Hip hop music

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music