The Noughties: Honorary Mentions-Hip-Hop


Hip-hop kept on losing almost everything that made it an essential genre during the last twenty years of the XXth century; its social and political messages being progressively replaced by product placement lyrics wrapped in auto-tune and gangsta clichés. The noughties saw Jay-Z’s rise as the industry biggest mogul; a white rapper sponsored by Dr. Dre becoming the biggest male star in the world and the genre’s MCs and beatmasters being borrowed by stars from all fields in order to update their style and make it appealing to the younger crowds. UK Grime, Missy, KanYe and some The Wu-Tang Clan members helped kept the genre vibrant, while some lesser known street warriors preserved its original spirit.

10-M.O.P. Feat. BUSTA RHYMES-Ante Up (see video above)

9-EDAN-I See Colors

8-TALIB KWELI FEAT. MOS DEF, JAY-Z & KANYE WEST-Get By (Remix)

7-DJ SHADOW-You Can’t Go Home Away

6-T.I.-What You Know

5-LIL WAYNE FEAT. JAY-Z -Mr. Carter

4-EMINEM-The Real Slim Shady

3-JAY-Z FEAT. UGK-Big Pimpin’

2-THE ROOTS-Here I Come

1-MISSY ELLIOTT-Work It

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