Top 10 Best Rappers of the 2000s

The Top Ten

1 Eminem Eminem Eminem, 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 300 million records 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.

Absolutely brilliant! I've loved his music and followed him, from the very start!

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

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2 Lil' 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

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.

Sorry but Lil Wayne deserves to defeat Eminem. More billboard entries than any rapper to ever live (second of any human ever because drake is a singer)

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3 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.

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

How is jay not #1 in the 2000s he had three all time classics. I think jay and kanye should be 1 and 2

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4 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye 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.

Gold digger, stronger, Jesus walks, Love lockdown, Can't tell me nothing, homecoming, heartless, All falls down, Through the wire, Flashing lights, all are great. In my opinion he's VERY slightly better than Eminem in 2000's, but in 2010's Eminem is much better.

God

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

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5 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., (born, October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.

He's been rapping the longest to me and he's my favourite rapper of all time

He is the best rapper ever

6 50 Cent 50 Cent Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

goat

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.

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7 Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco Wasalu 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!

How is lil wayne higher! - DaWyteNight

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8 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
9 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, 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.

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

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.

Nas should be in the top 10 he's the only rapper on here that has stayed true to the game and himself, besides for Lupe Outkast and Cudi. - Atliens

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10 T.I. T.I. Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor born on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, GA.

Uh tuht uh trap mUzik

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!

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The Contenders

11 The Game The Game Jayceon 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

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

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 and Nas are the best rappers as well as papoose.

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12 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.

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

Thanks to Kendrick lyricists are back!

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13 Young Jeezy Young Jeezy Young Jeezy is a hip hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is most known for his album "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101", his loud, distinctive rap voice, his song "Put On", his longtime beef with rapper Gucci Mane, and for his tough talk and street lyrics.

What? This guy is absolute trash. - DaWyteNight

14 Lil Wyte Lil Wyte Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.

Should be higher, I mean Doubt Me Now was one of the best southern rap albums of this decade. - DaWyteNight

15 Immortal Technique Immortal Technique Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru. He was born on February 19, 1978
16 Proof Proof DeShaun Dupree Holton better known by his stage name Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic and most notably, D12. He was a close childhood friend of rapper Eminem, who lived on the same block, ...read more.
17 K-Rino K-Rino
18 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. ...read more.

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

19 Royce da 5'9 Royce da 5'9 Ryan 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

20 Hopsin Hopsin Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. Hopsin was born on July 18, 1985. His first album was called Emurge but he's best known for his album titled Raw.

2nd best rapper alive

He's the best

He has the most magical lyrics out of current rappers.
Absolute master

21 Juicy J Juicy J Jordan Houston, known by his stage name Juicy J, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. He was originally part of the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia (originally called Triple 6 Mafia), however he would leave the group and sign to Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang in exchange for more money and solo ...read more.
22 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

A failure at all rap, he's a pop singer and he's a white jewish boy no gangster

Drake the ugly best rapper of our generation

Destroyer of hip hop

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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23 Andre 3000/Big Boi Andre 3000/Big Boi André Lauren Benjamin, known by his stage name André 3000 is an American rapper and one half of the hip-hop duo OutKast. He is widely considered to be the better half of the duo, and he is also considered to be one of the greatest lyricists in hip hop. Despite never actually releasing an official ...read more.

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

Best of the 2000's no doubt

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24 Ace Hood Ace Hood Antoine McColister, better known by his stage name Ace Hood, is an American rapper. He was born in Port St. Lucie, Florida and raised in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
25 Akon Akon Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, is an American-Senegalese singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor.

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

Not a rapper - DaWyteNight

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27 Nelly Nelly Cornell 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.

He's more of a singer than a rapper to me, his music is fun and catchy but I wouldn't personally put him very high on a best rappers list. - DaWyteNight

28 Phonte Phonte Phonte Lyshod Coleman, better known as Phonte, is an American rapper, formerly of the now defunct North Carolina trio Little Brother and one-half of the duo The Foreign Exchange.
29 Kid Cudi Kid Cudi Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.

Definitely top ten material

No doubt, he should have a place somewhere in the top ten.

Definitely should be higher up on this list. Cudi speaks truth about his hardships while most rappers *cough cough* Lil' Wayne, just rap about nothing. That is what got Eminem number one on this list because he's real about what he says and doesn't give a crap.

30 Ludacris Ludacris Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

Trash - DaWyteNight

'I wanna li-li-li-lick you from your head to your toes' yeah he's an all time great. - DaWyteNight

I love all songs and I want to see on 01 rank

31 Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes Trevor George Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.

Busta Rhymes is the best. He has the best lyrics and is one of the fastest rappers alive.

32 Norm Ender Norm Ender

Greatest Turk rapper - fatihfurkanu00c7olakou011flu

33 Lil Boosie Lil Boosie Torrence Hatch, born November 14, 1982, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He released his first independent album 'Youngest of the Camp' in 2000, followed by "For My Thugs" in 2002. He released two collaboration albums with Webbie, Ghetto Stories in 2003 and Gangsta Musik in 2004. In ...read more.

Lil boosie is the hardest rappers out here noo one can freestyle better than him and he talks about stuff that happen to him not fake stuff

Boy I tell you when you hear his song its like you got to get love him

34 DMX DMX Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970.

Seriously where is DMX on this list everyone is a fan of his killer voice and beats this decade has been a great chance for him to show how good he is, don't mess with the dog!

DMX? Voice, style, flow, life. Everything in one person. You wanna hear a good rap? Vote for DMX. It's all. If you are dog, you are dog 4 life. !

X should be. 1.

35 Big Sean Big Sean Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American hip hop recording artist from Detroit, Michigan.

What the heck! This guy is dope.

36 Tech N9ne Tech N9ne Aaron Dontez Yates, born November 8, 1971, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. ...read more.

He should be higher then Lil Wayne. Wayne sucks

Has meaning. Way better then Lil Wayne

37 Rick Ross Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper and entrepreneur.

Rick Ross is the best rapper there is, he has a golden voice and his lyrics can't be competed with

Wack af

Calling Officer Ricky a "best rapper" is disrespectful to Nas, K-Rino and Black Thought. - DaWyteNight

38 Future Future

Up their wit meek mill clearly better den big sean and mgk

Wack af

2010's, not 2000's. - DaWyteNight

39 Yelawolf Yelawolf Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known as Yelawolf, is an American rapper from Gadsden, Alabama. In his early years, Yelawolf released his first independent album "Creek Water', which was released in 2005. During 2005 to 2010, he released one extended play (EP) and four mixtapes. ...read more.
40 Blu Blu
41 Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.

He should be in the charts! He's dope af!

42 Cam'ron Cam'ron Cameron Ezike Giles, known professionally as Cam'ron, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and philanthropist from Harlem, New York.

How the hell isn't Cam in the top 10?

Top 10 for sure

43 Machine Gun Kelly Machine Gun Kelly Colson Baker, better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio.

He is an inspiration to too many people!

MGK has changed my life he is a great rapper and deserves more respect then this this is all junk MGK needs to be number 1

44 Meek Mill Meek Mill Robert Rihmeek Williams, better known by his stage name, Meek Mill, is an American hip hop recording artist.

Meek mill is one of the hardest rappers out here noo one can freestyle better than him and he talks about stuff that happen to him not fake stuff

45 T-Pain T-Pain Faheem Rashad Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American recording artist and music producer from Tallahassee, Florida.

great rapper, better singer

46 Chamillionaire Chamillionaire Hakeem Seriki, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire.

Ridin'- his hottest song reached #1 on billboards his album sound of revenge reached #10 and 1 on top rap albums he was the artist with the most ringtone sales ever his lyrics man check out sound of revenge that whole album is fire!

47 Chance The Rapper Chance The Rapper Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Lord Tier Lyricist

48 J. Cole J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.

Why am I just now adding one of the leaders of the new generation of rap at 60 1?!

He should be top 10

49 Diddy
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