Rappers 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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1
6,496 2,435
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

2
3,448 1,727
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

3
2,808 1,522
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

4
3,916 1,903
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

5
4,208 3,481
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout

6
3,362 2,865
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

7
2,486 1,087
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
fajardoleslie090 added The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

8
2,063 1,053
DMX is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
2,628 1,721
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

10
2,500 1,171
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

11
1,637 970
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

12
2,079 1,504
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik

13
1,880 1,295
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Theater of the Mind, Word of Mouf, Back For the First Time

14
1,228 1,173
The Game is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

15
1,177 820
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
penguinmayne added 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

16
848 644
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

17
1,338 1,228
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Nellyville, Country Grammar, Sweat

18
1,065 999
Common is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

19
897 989
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, The Inspiration, The Recession

20
354 257
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Askar4 added At the Speed of Life, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Restless

21
887 769
Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive

22
572 655
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

23
810 846
Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Got Purp? Vol. 2, Royal Flush

24
159 131
D12 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Devil's Night, D12 World, Return of the Dozen

25
163 99
Proof is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
781 681
Twista is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Adrenaline Rush, Kamikaze, The Day After

27
968 636
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

28
727 684
Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

29
788 643
Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

30
170 114
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Beg for Mercy, No Mercy, No Fear

31
679 622
Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
From Nothin' to Somethin', The S.O.U.L. Tape 2, Street Dreams

32
32 8
Eminem Presents: The Re-Up is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s

33
579 642
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

34
630 513
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
YaakovGlobman added Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

35
607 736
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Mindu added Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

36
459 758
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
mal1 added The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

37
477 466
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
The Diary, The Fix, Mr. Scarface Is Back

38
491 818
Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
darealtone added Get Ya Mind Correct, Controversy Sells, The Sound of Revenge (Screwed and Chopped)

39
356 100
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Belmin Gadžun added AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

40
483 588
Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
hellodalai added Shock Value, Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment, Shock Value II

41
227 40
J.Cole is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Shyam K Patel added J.Cole

42
412 359
T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Rappa Ternt Sanga, Epiphany, Revolver

43
422 550
Eve is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

44
289 127
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Vasilis Ainadoume added Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

45
224 642
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
DomenicIaria added Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

46
386 373
Gucci Mane is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
The State vs. Radric Davis, Back to the Trap House, Trap God

47
301 334
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
In a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card

48
600 406
Drake is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
wolvbatspi added Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Thank Me Later

49
297 329
Rick Ross is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
God Forgives, I Don't, Teflon Don

50
167 264
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rappers of the 2000s
Joshua Kennedy added Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float