2000s Rap: The 106 Best Hip-Hop Songs From The Noughties

2000s Rap

Who would have thought that a rapper of the Most successful artists of the 2000s would become? Hip-hop developed into a worldwide phenomenon in the noughties and leaped into the mainstream. Eminem sold more than 32 million albums worldwide, making him the most commercially successful musician of the 2000s.

Rappers like 50 Cent, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Nas, and T provided the hard known tone in the rap scene. 50 Cent’s album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” is one of the most successful albums globally, with over 15.6 million units sold to the most successful rap albums of all time.

In the US, hip-hop was formed after the dispute between East and West Coast, in which rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious BIG in the 90s were murdered, A rap scene that moved away from gangsta rap and offered friendlier hip-hop. Outkast, Kanye West, and The Roots celebrated their breakthrough in the 2000s. The Hip-hop group Outkast showed that intelligent rap also sold well.

The double album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” which sold more than 11 million units, is ranked № 59 in the US. The album “The Love Below” is ranked № 59 in the US. The album “The Love Below” is ranked № 59 in the US best-selling albums of all time.

Other essential albums were also released by the established rappers around Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, and Missy Elliot.

In Germany, hip-hop was a marginal topic for a long time. Fun rap by Fettes Brot, Fantastischen Vier, and Blumentopf brought hip-hop into the middle of society. In this country, however, gangsta rap became more and more popular.

Rappers like Kool Savas, Eko Fresh, Sido, and Bushido dissed each other non-stop and thus provided fans with a constant source of conversation. The German ghetto rap was criticized for a long time, leading to some songs being indexed by the Federal Review Board.

Below we have compiled over 100 rap songs that shaped the 2000s. Listen to the essential songs of the new millennium’s first decade.

(At the end of the article, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

The greatest 2000s rap songs:

1. Kool Savas – “The Verdict” (2005)

Whether Eko Fresh knew what he was doing? In the spring of 2005, the rapper decided without further ado to declare musical war on half the German rap landscape in the course of his song “Die Abrechnung” (“The Reckoning”). His former mentor and companion, Savaş Yurderi a.k.a. “Kool Savas,” had to take special side blows here,” who of course didn’t take his former protégé’s scolding in stride.

Impressively, the Aachen-born Adele managed to take the edge off his adversary by rehashing the two artists’ shared musical and private past, immortalizing Eko’s devious, opportunistic face in lines that are still often quoted today. “Das Urteil” is not only one of the best rap songs of the 2000s but at the same time a milestone of the entire German rap history.

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2. Eminem feat. Dido – “Stan” (2000)

“Stan” tells the story of a passionate fan who sends several letters to his idolized idol Eminem but is let down by his hero’s failure to pay attention to him. This circumstance drives the protagonist Stan with his writings, further into madness and finally into suicide. The rapper’s answer followed, but unfortunately, it was already too late by then. Together with Dido, who contributed to the chorus, Eminem created a work of art that drastically held up a mirror to a fan base that thought they owned the artist.

In Germany alone, the unhealthy pen pal inspired more than half a million buyers and was accordingly ennobled with platinum.

3. OutKast – “B.O.B” (2000)

“BOB,” which stands for “Bombs Over Baghdad,” is also the album’s title released on 19. September 2000 released rap songs by the American hip-hop duo OutKast. The track could just as well be read out as a musical indictment and deals with explosive topics such as the Gulf War, global warming, and the political conditions of the time. “BOB” stands out from other songs in the genre with its gospel interludes and fast beats and has been voted one of the best songs of all time by countless trade publications. The trade press is known never to be wrong was not yet reflected in the sales figures in 2000.

OutKast had to settle for mediocre chart positions at best.

4. Nelly – “Hot In Herre” (2002)

Hot, Hotter, “Hot In Herre”. Nelly created in the early 2000s an iconic Party hit, which simultaneously embodies a eulogy of frivolity and naked exuberance.

As simple as the message (“Undress!”) is, the vibe, melody, and music video of the damp-happy excess are still memorable today. The track of the cobbled US American received the Grammy in 2003 in the category “Best male solo performance,” stormed in the United States to the first place of the sales lists, and even today is considered a timeless Summer hit.

5. Kid Cudi – “Pursuit Of Happiness” (2009)

“The pursuit of happiness” is known to be part of the American dream and even enshrined in the national constitution there. In 2009 Kid Cudi made use of his right in a musical way and took us, listeners, on a journey of the good mood. Also, the music video, which provides numerous slow-motion shots for mood, does its part to perfectly visualize the mood created by sound.

Since the song undoubtedly makes you want to party, it was of course also included in the soundtrack of the 2012 party excess flick “Project X” represented. The rapper was apparently particularly popular in France, where he jumped with his track to first place on the hit list.

6. Sido – “My Block” (2004)

“What is a Sido?”. This question must have occupied many a mainstream music fan in the spring of 2004 when he first saw the name of the Berlin rapper flickering across his tube TV at home because there was once a time when the current celebrity was still a blank sheet. “Mein Block” opened the eyes of the ignorant and described in detail how the artist organizes his everyday life and what role his, let’s say colorful, environment plays in it.

The track was not only provocative, relentless, and humorously honest, but also a commercial success. The debut single of the masked musician shot out of nowhere to number 13 in the German charts. The rest is history.

7. Eminem – “Lose Yourself” (2002)

“Lose Yourself” is not only one of the best rap songs of the 2000s but also one of the most commercially successful tracks of the genre ever. As part of the soundtrack to “8 Mile”(2002), the hit even won an Oscar in the category “Best Song” and is also the first rap number that achieved this feat. The song with autobiographical influences from the artist’s past went worldwide well over 14 million times over the counter, more than 10 million times of it alone in the USA.

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8. Drake – “Best I Ever Had” (2009)

Drake, you can be so romantic! “Best I Ever Had” is a single, almost outrageously schmaltzy declaration of love from the Canadian rapper to his beloved. Here, the artist pays homage to his beloved, believing her to be the fulfillment of his wildest dreams. In the dirty version, of course, under generous use of the F-word.

In the music video, the artist then shows us his sporty-tactical side and appears as the coach of an extremely attractive women’s basketball team. The number went to second place in the “Billboard Hot 100” and was honored with 4-fold platinum.

9. Prinz Pi – “Gib dem Affen Zucker” (2008)

In a time long before weltschmerz and deep hipsterism, Berlin’s Friedrich Kautz, better known to the masses under his pseudonym “Prinz Pi,” delighted his listeners with numbers like “Gib dem Affen Zucker.”. Still utterly free of subtext and annoying, well-founded content, the slogan was: Steep forward! And that’s exactly what “Gib dem Affen Zucker” sounds like too.

While the lyrically, poetically inclined listener might dismiss the track as “Klamauk,” we put on our neon yellow baseball cap and fidget one last time.

10. Bushido feat. Baba Saad – “Never a Rapper” (2005)

One thing Bushido and Baba Saad made clear to us in 2005: they were not rappers, but merely street boys rapping. And there’s a huge difference in between.

The artists describe the rocky road they had to walk in a problematic social hotspot to reach musical success. In doing so, they distanced themselves from valid rap clichés just as they did from completed courses of study. The only “CCN II” single was rewarded with the 24.

Place of our national charts.

11. Lil Wayne – “Lollipop” (2008)

Everybody likes sweets! This is also true for the rapping sweet tooth named Lil Wayne, who is noble magnanimity offered his own Lollipop to a lucky chosen one for licking. All Performerations of the track, which go in a more erotic direction, are of course far from us.

And even if the Performeration of the lyrics may be carried out individually, one thing is indisputable: “Lollipop” is still the most successful single of the US-American artist, was refined five times with platinum and sold more than five million copies in the USA alone.

12. M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” (2007)

“Paper Planes” is one of those musical wolves in sheep’s clothing. While the listener unfamiliar with English enjoys the invigorating beat and catchy melody, others initially scratch their heads. Because talks MIA in their track of nothing but they’re Longing, robbing innocent citizens and neatly shooting through the air.

The artist, who has roots in Sri Lanka, is deliberately playing with prevailing clichés and taking the general social criminalization of immigrants in the USA to extremes. Especially in Canada and the United States, “Paper Planes” was well received and found itself in the top 10 of the charts.

13. B-Tight – “Der Neger” (2002)

Similar to M.I.A., B-Tight also proceeded in 2002. In his track “Der Neger,” the Berlin native and good friend of Sido reports on his autobiographical experiences and humorously plays with the white population’s prejudices. The number is bursting with stereotypes, once you don’t know how to approach Drugs If you want to know where your girlfriend is or who is to blame for everything, your first contact person should be the guy with slightly darker skin color.

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The song was part of B-Tight’s EP “Der Neger (in mir)” (2002), which was to miss a chart placement.

14. Sido – “Mama is proud” (2005)

Especially at the beginning of his career, Sido transported the image of a rebel to the outside world, to whom the opinion of all other people was completely indifferent. With one significant exception: your mother.

The Berlin rapper talks at length about how his wife, Mama, was the only one who ever understood and believed in him anyway. Motherly love wrapped in sound reached 25 in this country. Place on the charts.

15. Eko Fresh – “King of Germany” (2003)

About two years before the beef with Savas, the world was still fine for Eko Fresh. The track, which describes the vivid visions of the rapper’s future, should prepare us subjects for the imminent arrival of a new king of our federal republic. The single was released in July 2003 and, although it didn’t take the throne, it did manage to reach 15.

Climbing the German charts.

The places 16-106 of the best 2000s rap songs

Each song is linked via the title with the corresponding music video.

16.Overnight CelebrityTwista
17.I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)Jay-Z
18.Westside StoryGame
19.Drop It Like It’s HotSnoop Dogg
20.A MilliLil Wayne
21.Ignition (Remix)R. Kelly
22.Why We ThugsIce Cube
23.Cleanin Out My ClosetEminem
24.The LightCommon
26.Through The WireKanye West
27.Ride Wit MeNelly
28.Ms. JacksonOutKast
29.Quiet Dog Bite HardMos Def
30.Soul SurvivorYoung Jeezy
31.Hip-HopDead Prez
32.Gravel PitWu-Tang Clan
33.Can’t Tell Me NothingKanye West
34.Royal FlushBig Boi
35.Hate It or Love ItThe Game
36.Mr. CarterLil Wayne
37.Dance With The DevilImmortal Technique
38.Shakey DogGhostface Killah
39.So Fresh, So ColdOutKast
40.Int’l Player’s AnthemUGK
41.One MicNas
42.Hey YaOutKast
43.In Da Club50 Cent
44.Jesus WalksKanye West
45.Get Ur Freak OnMissy Elliot
46.BastardTyler The Creator
47.Get ByTalib Kweli
48.Gold DiggerKanye West
49.99 ProblemsJay Z
50.Exhibit CJay Electronica
51.Lose ControlMissy Elliot
52.The Way I AmEminem
53.Day ‘n’ NiteKid Cudi
55.Like Toy SoldiersEminem
57.Harder, Better, Faster, StrongerDaft Punk
58.Kick, PushLupe Fiasco
59.Public Service Announcement (Interlude)Jay-Z
60.Seven Nation ArmyThe White Stripes
61.Lights PleaseJ. Cole
62.Many Men (Wish Death)50 Cent
65.BoomRoyce da 5’9
66.Dirt off your shoulderJay Z
67.What You KnowT.I.
68.Izzo (H.O.V.A.)Jay Z
69.Ante UpM.O.P.
70.Keep It ThoroProdigy
71.Empire State Of MindJay Z
72.Touch the SkyKanye West
73.Welcome To JamrockDamien Marley
74.Big BrotherKanye West
75.Till I CollapseEminem
76.DaylightAesop Rock
77.Eternal SunshineJay Electronica
78.The ChampGhostface Killah
79.Last NiteThe Strokes
80.Here I ComeThe Roots
81.Rising UpThe Roots
82.Day Dreamin’Lupe Fiasco
83.FiremanLil Wayne
84.StrongerKanye West
85.It’s Your WorldCommon
86.Hip Hop Saved My LifeLupe Fiasco
87.Rubberband ManT.I.
88.GoneKanye West
89.D.O.AJay Z
90.Everyone NoseN.E.R.D.
91.Black PresidentNas
92.White AmericaEminem
93.Uncommon ValorJedi Mind Tricks
94.Southern HospitalityLudacris
95.That’s That ShitSnoop Dogg
96. Fix Up, Look SharpDizzee Rascal
97.Diamonds (From Sierra Leone)Kanye West
98. What U Gon’ DoLil Jon
99.Mic CheckJuelz Santana
100.Stay FlyThree 6 Mafia
101.HustlinRick Ross
103.On My BlockScarface
104.No regretsMasta Ace
105.Super StarLupe Fiasco
106.Lean BackTerror Squad

2000s rap Spotify playlist

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