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Top 5 Rappers of the Early 2000's

So the early 2000’s was a difficult time, but thanks to hip-hop we all got through it. Critics claim that the 90’s rap era was the best, but in the 2000’s some great talent came out to prove them otherwise. In this era the South dominated the rap game, and this was the start of mixtapes. Today we will evaluate and take a look at the 2000’s.


#5 Busta Rhymes

To start off this countdown we have Busta Rhymes at number five. He’s known as one of the most prolific rappers ever. His distinctive voice put a mark in the Hip Hop world and he rose to stardom as a solo artist after starting out with the group Leaders of the New School for a few years. His hit single “Woo Hah! Got You All In Check” get the world’s attention in 1996. His album The Big Bang topped the charts and became an international success. His creativity and intricate style of rapping is what made him different from every other rapper and MC. He’s won plenty of awards in his years of rapping and even showed up in some well-known films and TV shows. Many people forget about Busta, but this underrated rapper will always be remembered in the hip hop world.


#4 Nas

Next on the list, coming in at number four is Nas. Known for “It Ain't Hard to Tell” “The World Is Yours” and “If I Ruled The World” and also as one of the best MC’s in the rap game. He had a large influence over an entire generation of rappers till this day. His biggest Billboard hits in the early 2000’s were "I Can," "Hip Hop is Dead," "Made You Look," "One Mic". He was a highschool drop-out, but considered a genius. Nas and Jay-Z had a rivalry both being from New York and often went in on each other on some singles. His album Illmatic has often hailed as the greatest rap album ever made. Critics claim he fell off after his album Illmatic, but he will always have a spot as one of the most important people in hip-hop culture.


#3 50 Cent

Coming in at number three is 50 Cent. He first entered the hip-hop scene in 1999 and released “How to Rob” taking shots at every well-known rapper . After he got shot (in his tongue) his rap flow switched up, but made him stand out even more. He started his own G-Unit Empire with his own record label, sneakers, and autobiographical film. He released everything from diss tracks to club bangers, and reached an international audience. He’s known for singles such as “21 Questions”, “In Da Club”, “Candy Shop”, “I Get Money”, and so much more. He was an all around artist who delivered to every target market you could think of. Everyone knew and still knows who 50 Cent is. Although his career ended a while ago, you can still find clubs bumpin’ his music, especially overseas. The business man lit up the early 2000’s with his music, and that is why he is number three on our list.




#2 Jay-Z

Next, in the number two spot is Jay-Z. He made an impact in the 90’s and the 2000’s. It all began with Reasonable Doubt in 1996, which is arguably his best album. He’s known for “The City Is Mine”, “Can I Get A…” and “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” Jay held down the rap game for a decade and has had one of the most successful rap careers in hip-hop. Unplugged was considered one of the best live rap albums ever in 2001. Jay is very poetic with his lyrics and fans love this about his music. His career became a little rocky, but then made his way back to the top after he appeared on Rhianna’s single “Umbrella”. And then he dropped American Gangster and the third Blueprint album. As of 2019 Jay-Z became the first billionaire rapper according to Forbes magazine. He was an international success with his music and definitely considered the one of the most dominant rapper in the 2000’s.


#1 Eminem

Coming in at the number one spot is Eminem. Probably one of the most successful rappers...EVER! His innovation, word play and melodies was something out of this world. The Marshall Mathers LP, dominated hip-hop once it was released. His lyrics and punchlines always reached a deeper meaning and fans loved this about his music. Some of his hits from the early 2000’s were “Lose Yourself”, “Without Me”, “Crack a Bottle” featuring Dr. Dre, and “Shake That” featuring Nate Dogg. He expanded hip-hop’s creativity and brought in a new audience as well. He’s considered a “Rap Nerd” because of his compulsive writing, punchlines and autobiographical narratives. But this is why he outshines most. He had some struggles from time to time, which is why he fell off the hip-hop wagon, but he is number one on our first for a reason.


That concludes today’s countdown as we looked at the “Top 5 Rappers of the Early 2000’s”. Who’s your top 5 from this time era? Let us know in the comments below.



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