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The Best Rappers of the 2000s  

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 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 and remained top artists of 2000s hip hop. 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. 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. Who do you think are the best artists of 2000s hip hop? Cast your votes below and be sure to add any rappers who may be missing.

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show
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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal
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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
fajardoleslie090 added The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride
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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album
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DMX is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout
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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt
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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter
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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming
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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing
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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
penguinmayne added Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece
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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Theater of the Mind, Word of Mouf, Back For the First Time
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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik
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Redman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000
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D12 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Devil's Night, D12 World, Return of the Dozen
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Proof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop
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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Askar4 added At the Speed of Life, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Restless
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G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Beg for Mercy, No Mercy, No Fear
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Eminem Presents: The Re-Up is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
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Lloyd Banks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wiabux added The Hunger for More, Rotten Apple, S.W.A.T Mix Tape
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Nelly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Nellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat
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Common is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate
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Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, The Inspiration, The Recession