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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 Nelly. (Head over to the best new school rappers if you're looking for Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and other great 2010s rappers.) 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, 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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5,689 2,051
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

2
3,609 2,975
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

3
2,910 2,491
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

4
3,513 1,598
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

5
2,963 1,461
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal

6
2,427 1,282
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

7
2,191 932
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
André 3000 Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

8
2,167 907
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
fajardoleslie090 added Dr. Dre The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

9
1,871 1,332
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
T.I. King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik

10
1,804 914
DMX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

11
2,129 1,528
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

12
1,695 1,149
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ludacris Theater of the Mind, Word of Mouf, Back For the First Time

13
1,447 845
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

14
1,198 1,086
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Nelly Nellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 2000s

15
1,022 1,060
The Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added The Game The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

16
966 877
Common is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Common Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

17
806 883
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Young Jeezy Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, The Inspiration, The Recession

18
1,021 695
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
penguinmayne added Tech N9ne Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power - Aaron Dontez YatesRapperAaron Dontez Yates, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. In 1999, Yates and Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music

19
798 662
Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Missy Elliott Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive

20
747 735
Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Big Boi Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Got Purp? Vol. 2, Royal Flush

21
882 546
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked

22
711 595
Twista is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Twista Adrenaline Rush, Kamikaze, The Day After

23
717 568
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

24
657 608
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Jadakiss The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

25
746 571
Redman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

26
609 554
Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Fabolous From Nothin' to Somethin', The S.O.U.L. Tape 2, Street Dreams

27
539 574
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

28
564 441
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
YaakovGlobman added LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

29
446 732
Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
darealtone added Chamillionaire Get Ya Mind Correct, Controversy Sells, The Sound of Revenge (Screwed and Chopped)

30
482 584
Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added Lloyd Banks The Hunger for More, Rotten Apple, S.W.A.T Mix Tape

31
429 402
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Scarface The Diary, The Fix, Mr. Scarface Is Back

32
557 668
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Mindu added Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

33
412 677
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
mal1 added Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

34
434 532
Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Timbaland Shock Value, Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment, Shock Value II

35
395 487
Eve is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Eve Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

36
329 317
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
T-Pain Rappa Ternt Sanga, Epiphany, Revolver

37
230 89
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Vasilis Ainadoume added Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

38
261 206
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Askar4 added Xzibit At the Speed of Life, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Restless

39
206 72
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Belmin Gadžun added Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

40
409 265
Drake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wolvbatspi added Drake Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

41
205 589
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
DomenicIaria added Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

42
239 276
Rick Ross is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't, Teflon Don

The Best Dressed Rappers

43
258 289
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
E-40 In a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card

44
301 313
Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis, Back to the Trap House, Trap God

45
207 270
Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ja Rule The Last Temptation, 3:36, R.U.L.E.

46
134 213
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Joshua Kennedy added Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

47
311 392
Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added Cam'ron Come Home With Me, Purple Haze, Confessions of Fire

48
175 580
Slug is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Mindu added Slug Vapors Project, AWOL One and Slug Present Nightcaps, Sad Clown Bad Dub II

49
179 319
Fort Minor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
taylor-lyndon-gillespie added Fort Minor We Major, The Rising Tied, S.C.O.M. / Dolla Promo CD

50
102 70
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep