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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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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

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2
2,231 1,972
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

3
2,697 2,323
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

4
2,746 1,250
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

5
2,281 1,138
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
1,918 978
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
1,686 682
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
1,543 992
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
T.I. King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik

9
1,475 681
DMX is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
1,711 682
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
fajardoleslie090 added Dr. Dre The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

11
1,440 920
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ludacris Theater of the Mind, Word of Mouf, Back For the First Time

12
1,522 1,308
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

13
1,191 679
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
1,007 874
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Nelly Nellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat

15
812 706
Common is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Common Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

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16
752 919
The Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added The Game The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

17
691 708
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
820 539
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
645 528
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
646 594
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
757 437
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

22
599 483
Twista is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Twista Adrenaline Rush, Kamikaze, The Day After

23
555 511
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Jadakiss The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

24
599 482
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

25
639 488
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
516 455
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
464 480
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

28
382 615
Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 28 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)

29
462 351
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
YaakovGlobman added LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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30
407 490
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
363 328
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
342 582
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
mal1 added Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

33
474 583
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Mindu added Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

34
345 423
Eve is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Eve Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

35
354 468
Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Timbaland Shock Value, Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment, Shock Value II

36
181 138
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Askar4 added Xzibit At the Speed of Life, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Restless

37
212 249
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
T-Pain Rappa Ternt Sanga, Epiphany, Revolver

38
119 34
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Vasilis Ainadoume added Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

39
183 510
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
DomenicIaria added Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

40
152 184
Rick Ross is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't, Teflon Don

41
198 218
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
E-40 In a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card

42
199 221
Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis, Back to the Trap House, Trap God

43
138 181
Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ja Rule The Last Temptation, 3:36, R.U.L.E.

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44
162 506
Slug is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
256 336
Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added Cam'ron Come Home With Me, Purple Haze, Confessions of Fire

46
172 147
Drake is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wolvbatspi added Drake Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

47
148 244
Fort Minor is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
95 138
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Joshua Kennedy added Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

49
138 230
Paul Wall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Paul Wall The People's Champ, Get Ya Mind Correct, Controversy Sells

50
90 147
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
jakeseidler added Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name