Top 10 Best Rappers of the 2000s

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1EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

No contest, Em was the absolute best last decade. Slim Shady LP, Marshall Mathers LP, and Eminem Show alone earn him that number one spot. One of the greatest of all time.

Eminem is simply the greatest, and the Eminem show is the greatest album of all time. Although, Recovery is pretty legendary

Eminem is my fave rapper bcus he explains in his songs about his problems not his richness or girls EMINEM 4EVER! - theDARKSTAR

Best rapper alive

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2Jay-ZShawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Come On Jay-Z Is Better Than Wayne. I Heard Wayne Until He Was In 2008. He and Drake Raps Bitin Off Of Big Sean. Jay-Z Made Songs With Legendary. Should Be #1 - xXLennyKingXx

Jay Z is top 3 of all time, only behind 2 rappers whom passed before 2000. Em is top 5 but not #1.

This guy released his first album the same year as Eminem in 1996 but who been hot the whole 15 going on to 16 years. Lil Wayne don't got nothing on Jay-Z - xXLennyKingXx

Saying Kanye West is better than Jay Z is like saying Mace Windu is better than Yoda

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3Kanye WestKanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

Kanye West is recognized not only by the rap game but by singers worldwide!

best ever... RESPECT
stronger, love lockdown, good life, heartless, homecoming, gold digger, diamonds
how he isn't no 1

Kanye is the best period. He's influential. He started the cray craze. After he did it everyone did.

Words can't even describe Kanye's skill in his craft.

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4Lil' Wayne

Active gang member, like I said on another "Top Ten" about him, I can not get enough of this guy. He never gets boring! Whenever you think his songs start to get old, boom, he releases another three number ones accompanied by five other hits. He is, in my opinion, the best rapper ever and the fourth best artist ever including all genres and all artist ever! You can say that he is not the best based on the songs on his albums (I still think he is the best ever) but when you start including all the songs he has been featured in! He is just amazing, that is one man you can say has "swag out the shower. "(Birdman said this is one of the songs Wayne featured in by Birdman) - Cbs5612

Are you kidding me, This guy can't hardly speak English right This guy should be kick out of the list. He just makes Hip-Hop/Rap look terrible

Wheezy is amazing and in my opinion raps with emotion oh can't fake which makes the song better, Eminem is good but Wayne is better.

He was okay back when he first started but COME ON, THIS GUY IS NOT ONE OF THE BEST. You can argue all you want who is but it's certainly not Lil Wayne.

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5NasNasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. His album, Illimatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

NaS needs to be in front of everyone. He is the best lyricist ever. It's obvious. How can people such as 50cent or The game Kanye West or Lil Wayne even be Considered to be in front of him. Blasphemy.

Wow, this site is full of teenyboppers and Eminem fan boys, huh. Nas is the illest and took a poop on Jay Z. Eminem would look at this list and puke. So would 2Pac.

Haha? 12? He should be up top what rakim and KRS-One, people haven't heard illmatic I guess

5th best rapper alive

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6Snoop DoggCordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.V1 Comment
7Lupe FiascoWasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon ...read more.

A true artist who can be both mainstream and underground, easily the best of the new century with two quality albums and even lasers being his worst was a dope album along with cole world

He never made a song without a positive message. Case closed

lupe is a beast! Im a big fan of hip-hop and this guy is what is all about. He has killer metaphores and one of the sickest flows EVER!

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850 CentCurtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

He is the sole person on this list except maybe lil wayne that I can say is a gangster! This is the only rapper I can say has his own game. He is a scary guy. His voice is deep and original sound. He has many hits so I am just going to name a few. His most famous are "Candy Shop" and "In the Club. " - Cbs5612

How can lil Wayne be better than 50? Get rich or die tryin and the massacre is classic lil Wayne's only good song is drop the world

He should be higher in the list honestly 50 cent is a great artist who can do any type of rap with his nice slow flow and he had get rich or die trying and he's still puttn out great music like my life, major distribution, and new day just too name a few.

Dre brought him up, now he's doing great by himself

9T.I.Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Atlanta, Georgia.

The greatest rapper alive, T.I. he has developed through out time. The way that he doesn't join anyone ands stands for himself makes him one of the greatest ever in hip-hop. Lots of rappers these days are trying to copy T.I. 's swag and style, but just can't because there is only one true King in the game, T.I. king of the South!

T.I. is probably one of the only rappers that are the truth and you don't get tired of listening to his music.

No doubt the greatest rapper ever Period!

T.I. is clearly the best between 2003-2009!

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10Dr. Dre

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11Young Jeezy
12NellyCornell Iral Haynes, Jr., known professionally as, Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St.

clearly the 2nd or 3rd best of 200 check his hit rap sheet

Nelly is better than young jeezy, should be number 9.

13Andre 3000/Big BoiAndré Lauren Benjamin, known by his stage name André 3000, is half of the hip-hop duo OutKast. He is widely considered to be the better half of the duo, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Andre 3000 is 1 of the top 5 rappers of all time.... not top 5 in how many album sales a person has or how hot a rapper is but top 5 best lyricists and rhymes

Their songs are catchy, have great flow, and the lyrics are actually meaningful. I enjoy the different qualities of sound their songs have, so they all differ from one another.

During 2004-06, they were one of if not THE best of that time, and still have it in them

14The GameJayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Game spent most of his childhood in foster care (up until high school) even though he knew all of his brothers and sisters. Since 2002, Game ...read more.

He has proved he can do gangster rap, hip hop and everything between em. He is original and not afraid to say what he wants. So many thought he was done after he left Aftermath then, BOOM Doctor's Advocate. CLASSIC

Anyway, most of decent rap roots before the 2000's, but game is for sure one the last real one on the scene

The Game respects the roots of hip hop more than every rapper today

The Game and Nas are the best rappers as well as papoose.

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15Royce da 5'9Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.

Should be in the top 10 he raps with eminem and they formed Bad meets Evil. He has great lyrics as well and has a good flow.

The only person besides eye-kyu who could out rap Eminem in the same track

16Kendrick Lamar

Should be way higher. Hands down has the best flows, lyrics, wordplay, and production of this generation.

His music actually serves a purpose, and edifies those who he intends on reaching. The dude is inspiring...

Kendrick Lamar is the new frontman of hip hop, next to J cole

He's this generation's 2pac.

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17Tech N9ne ...read more.

He should be higher then Lil Wayne. Wayne sucks

Has meaning. Way better then Lil Wayne

18DrakeAubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

Drake the ugly best rapper of our generation

Should be way higher than 12th. Much better than The Game.
The Way I see it:
1. Rick Ross
2. Eminem
3. Drake
4. Kanye West
5. Lil Wayne
6. Jay Z'
7. Big Sean
8. Wale
9. Nelly
10. T-Pain.

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19Mike ShinodaMichael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

best rapper wether be in the linkin park songs or his fort minor ones, his songs has brought an attitude era. he is the best.....

Living legend as good as any rapper can be

Best rapper ever along with Eminem...

The only rapper who does not sing for money and sex

20AkonAliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor.

Nah, I respect opinions but I've seen better.

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