Best Hip Hop Albums: 2000s (2000-2010)

The best hip hop albums of the 2000s.

Or the most important. Or my favorites. I’ll pick one album for each year from 2000-2010. It might just be one I listened to a lot, or one that changed the landscape of hip hop. Let’s get to it.

Scope the best hip hop albums: 2000s (2011-2014) here.


 2000

Country Grammar – Nelly

Nelly - Country Grammar

 

Country Grammar spawned a lot of the songs you still listen to after all these years. Nelly single-handedly brought St. Louis to the stoplight, and dictated the next 5 years of hip hop.

 Country Grammar - Nelly


 2001

Stillmatic – Nas

Nas - Stillmatic

 

Stillmatic came out 7 years after Illmatic (so shut up Jay-Z) and wasn’t as complete as an album as Illmatic (but what is?), yet still fire. Rewind is maybe the greatest storytelling feat in rap.

Stillmatic - Nas


2002

Blazing Arrow – Blackalicious

Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow

 

Blazing Arrow is the second album from Blackalicious (out of 3, all good) and establishes them as the most versatile rap hip hop duo of the decade, somehow sounding old school and modern at the same time.

 Blazing Arrow - Blackalicious


2003

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'

 

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was a movement. I really shouldn’t have to write anything here, so I won’t. Instead, here’s a video.

 Get Rich or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent

 


  2004

Madvillainy – Madvillain (MF Doom & Madlib)

Madvillain - Madvillainy

 

Madvillainy is one of the most unique hip hop albums you will ever hear. One of hip hop’s greatest rappers teaming up with one of hip hop’s greatest producers for a rapid fire gallery of 2 minute songs is pure bliss.

 Madvillainy - Madvillain


 2005

The Carter II – Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II

 

Long before the garbage mixtapes (not all Weezy’s mixtapes were trash, just the codeine chronicles), Lil Wayne claimed he was the best rapper alive, and after listening to this album a few times you started to believe him.

 Tha Carter II - Lil Wayne


 2006

Game Theory – The Roots

The Roots - Game Theory

 

Some think the kings of band hip hop (with real instruments) hit their peak with Game Theory. Either way, The Roots (pre-Jimmy Fallon) will keep you thinking long after the record stops spinning.

 Game Theory (Bonus Track Version) - The Roots


  2007

Graduation – Kanye West

Kanye West - Graduation

 

Graduation made me proud to be from the Midwest. College Dropout and Late Registration were fire, but Yeezus began here. The CD was also a must buy because of the included art alone.

Graduation - Kanye West


 2008

Paper Trail – T.I.

T.I. - Paper Trail

 

After years of making albums that almost established him as the king (including King, 2006), T.I. went ahead and made a record as if he was already on top of the game… while on house arrest.

Paper Trail - T.I.


2009

So Far Gone – Drake

Drake - So Far Gone

 

It’s hard to imagine a time when Drake wasn’t one of the most famous people on the planet. A lot of that started right here.

 So Far Gone - Drake

 


2010

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

 

Kanye is the only one to make the list twice, but I have no other choice. The production on this album constantly battles the lyrics for your attention, and 4 years later, the battle continues.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West


Treat yourself and pick up one of these albums today!

And if you disagree with anything, make sure to let me know. I expect 2001, 2004 and 2005 to raise some debate 🙂 And if you wanna know what I think about the last few years:

Scope.


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4 comments on “Best Hip Hop Albums: 2000s (2000-2010)

  1. Ermin Osmanovic December 7, 2014 7:44 am

    Nice article. I feel quite nostalgic for these albums! Nelly , 50 and Kanye are a big part of my childhood to teen years.

    • Joaquin December 7, 2014 10:03 am

      Same here, very nostalgic. The cool thing is that you just mentioned a St Louis rapper, a New York rapper and a Chicago rapper, showing how diverse (geographically) hip hop started to be about 10 years ago.

  2. Ermin Osmanovic December 7, 2014 7:44 am

    Nice article. I feel quite nostalgic for these albums! Nelly , 50 and Kanye are a big part of my childhood to teen years.

    • Joaquin December 7, 2014 10:03 am

      Same here, very nostalgic. The cool thing is that you just mentioned a St Louis rapper, a New York rapper and a Chicago rapper, showing how diverse (geographically) hip hop started to be about 10 years ago.

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