The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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List Criteria: 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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    Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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

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    50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    T.I. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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    DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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    Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Nelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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    Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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

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    Common is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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


    Young Jeezy Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap

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    Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop

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    Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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

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    Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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

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    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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

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    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Twista is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Twista Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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

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    Redman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Redman Hip hop music

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    Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Fabolous Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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

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    Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


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

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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    Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Randy Savage Rap, Hip hop music

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    Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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

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    Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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    Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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    Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Lloyd Banks Hip hop music

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    Eve is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    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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    Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s


    Slaughterhouse Hip hop music

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    Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Lisa Lopes Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative hip hop

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    Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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    Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop

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