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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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2,069 1,808
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Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

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2,525 1,146
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Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

4
3,083 1,411
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
jesh1 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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2,406 2,157
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Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

6
2,105 1,060
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50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

7
1,792 904
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

8
1,563 625
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

9
1,450 939
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T.I. Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

10
1,391 627
DMX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

11
1,613 631
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
fajardoleslie090 added Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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1,371 861
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Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

13
1,387 1,254
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Lil Wayne Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

14
1,147 462
J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Bobbyyyy added J. Cole Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues

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1,132 644
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Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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1,001 867
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Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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951 830
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Nelly Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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894 755
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Kid Cudi Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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774 659
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Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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721 870
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hellodalai added Jayceon Terrell Taylor Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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653 675
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Young Jeezy Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

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758 473
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
penguinmayne added Tech N9ne

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597 501
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Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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614 575
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Big Boi Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop

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569 459
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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571 458
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Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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519 489
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Jadakiss Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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496 425
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Fabolous Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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610 470
Redman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Redman Hip hop music

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713 420
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Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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441 461
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Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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418 298
Logic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Luke De-Venny added Logic Hip hop music

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436 320
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
YaakovGlobman added LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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422 1,082
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FabienSassiat added Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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359 590
Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
darealtone added Chamillionaire Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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394 450
Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added Lloyd Banks Hip hop music

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347 297
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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459 550
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Mindu added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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429 426
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
penguinmayne added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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253 263
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
bigman160 added Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

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309 568
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mal1 added Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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416 365
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
noah.rueckl added Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

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342 444
Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Timbaland Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative hip hop

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324 404
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Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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279 307
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
danman082200 added Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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295 276
Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Big Sean Hip hop music

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194 170
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
SoSiA added Randy Savage Rap, Hip hop music

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171 104
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Askar4 added Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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325 483
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Slaughterhouse Hip hop music

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121 196
Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Lisa Lopes Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music