Wale & Chrisette Michele), Rakim, Nas, Kanye, & KRS-One - "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)", Lupe Fiasco (ft. Jill Scott) - "Daydreamin'", Immortal Technique – "Dance with the Devil", Blackalicious (feat. The other part comes from Just Blaze’s musically rich soundboard. A bouncy anthem simultaneously showcasing DP's versatility and underlining their commitment to activism. It's arguably the biggest hit to ever come out of Texas. As deadly as the bullets that pierced his skin and nearly claimed his life. These songs embody the spirit of the 2000s. Dwele) - "Flashing Lights", Jay Electronica - "Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)", Freeway (feat. Wayne devotes each verse to a specific element of hip-hop, doling out countless quotables along the way. Pharrell Williams) - Drop It Like It's Hot. Like the theme music to a good movie, they underscore a unique decade in hip-hop.Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and explore the best rap songs of the 2000s. Pharrell Williams) - "Southern Hospitality", Chamillionaire (ft. Krayzie Bone) - "Ridin'", Jadakiss (feat. And if you happened to be a UGK fan back then, you probably recall doing backflips as soon as you heard Bun go, "It's the big southern rappin' pimp Presario.". Anthony Hamilton) - "Why", Elzhi (feat. Check Buck Marley's comical rhymes from Buck Marley: "See when the sunshine come out, the Lamborghini somehow had the haters mad, looking at me with they tongue out.". Nina Simone's beautiful art survives on this sprawling epic, as Kweli confronts the social pain afflicting black women everywhere. Long before Beans went rogue, the Roc's top three MCs joined forces to craft this street masterpiece. This hilarious paean to booger sugar had all the girls (and some fellas) fiendin' for N.E.R.D goodness. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop) - "Lose Control", Rhymefest - "Angry Black Man on an Elevator", Kanye West (ft. Lupe Fiasco) - "Touch the Sky", Mike Jones - "Still Tippin'" (Ft. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1999 CD release of Best Of Rave Party on Discogs. Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records. David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons (CC by 3.0). Lupe Fiasco feat. Its simplicity only accentuates the sound of Jay’s heartbreaking. ​Loud and languorous, "Still Tippin'" captured the essence of southern hospitality in 2004. as a missile metaphor to challenge their peers to go hard or go home: "Don't pull the thang out unless you plan to bang.". Grammy Awards Best Rap Album Winners (by Year), The 50 Best Summer Rap Songs of the 2000s, The 10 Best Michael Jackson Samples in Rap, T.I. Among the greatest rap songs of all time. The ingredient for this runaway smash? This ebullient jawn from his collaboration with Madlib captured the two in top form. . Cappadonna & Ghostface) - "10 Bricks", The Foreign Exchange - "All That You Are", Jay-Z (ft. Alicia Keys) - "Empire State of Mind", Terror Squad (feat. From the go-go drums to Chrisette Michelle's soulful chorus and Wale's flawless verse, this is what a hip-hop masterpiece sounds like. Where most rappers tend to approach their side gigs lightly, Tay attacked every beat on Connected as if his career depended on it. Today’s Rave: 2000+ Hits June 11, 2008. Not only did the Windy City send three albums to 07's Top 10; it also introduced us to this cool duo. Theme music for any revolution. Arguably their best LP, Stankonia, scored 5 mics in The Source and spawned three of the year's most popular songs: the ferocious "B.O.B.," the swaggerlicious "So Fresh, So Clean," and this here baby-mama-drama anthem "Ms. "Black President" took Pac's skepticism ("we ain't ready to see a black president") and turned it into a positive assertion of progress in U.S. politics. "Blinded by the Lights" is a smart, intense bit from the narrative that encapsulates the protagonist's helplessness. Jadakiss - Why (featuring Anthony Hamilton). The second half of the song reminds us of the many reasons Q-Tip has managed to remain a strong force. #1 Club Hits: Best of Dance & Techno features 44 tracks that embrace both original cuts and several remixes of popular songs from the '80s. Best of all, it went down easy no matter what kind of dance you were doing in the club. The Game performing with his son at the BET Awards. "Hot in Herre" was supposed to be a summer single, but the St. Louis native got more than he bargained for. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free. Kanye West & Lil Wayne), Emanon (Feat.Exile and Aloe Blacc) - "The Words", The Roots - "Rising Up" (Feat. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Decade Top 100: Best Dance Hits 2000-2009 - Various Artists on AllMusic - 2009 Raekwon serves up a certified Wu banger, alongside Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck. Nelly, in his prime, was a force to be reckoned with in the danceable-rap department. In the midst of his battle with Nas, Jay-Z needed a magical moment. These songs embody the spirit of the 2000s. A brother can dream, right? Ghostface Killah performing at The Meadows Festival. "Good music transcends all physical limits," Murs rhymed atop 9th's deft interpretation of "You're Winning" by Crackin'. made considerable strides in the 2000s because of songs like "How About Some Hardcore" and "Ante Up." No hip-hop song in recent memory captured so perfectly the sentiment of despair and the possibility of hope. One of his most memorable performances arrived on the Darrien Brockington-aided gem "All That You Are.". "Why am I workin' here? By now, everyone had learned one thing: never bet against The Neptunes. Henry Adaso has written about hip-hop since 2005 and founded the award-winning blog The Rap Up. OutKast used the eerily prescient "B.O.B." Too bad, 50 doesn't craft hooks like this anymore. 's multi-syllabic flow make this a quadruple whammy of star power. Dido's ethereal crooning adds more soot to the tale. A frenetic drum blast supplies the backdrop while the chorus gets its riveting effect from a group of children now old enough to enlist in the military. He has written for "Vibe," MTV, Rap Rehab, and more. AZ and Firm partner trade rhymes on, "The Essence", which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. 's star-stuffed single instantly became an inescapable radio hit, club banger, and summer staple in 2008. "First of all, f--k you to every one of y'all." Rank Song Title Song Artist Year Genre; Top songs of the 2000's is updated by the minute by Gigbuilder - The world's most popular Event Management System. In this corner wearing green trunks, representing Detroit, Royce da 5'9"! Powerfully plumbed with acoustic guitar, though the production is lo-fi. T.I. Rich Boy made a splash in 2006 with his ubiquitous hit single, "Throw Some D's," which spawned a kabillion remixes, including the one that ultimately set off Kanye West's campaign for Graduation.​. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.. Pt II. The ballad, which appears on Jackson 5's Moving Violation, is also one of the group's most sampled tunes. The glorious midtempo throb of "Rising Up" outshines everything on Rising Down. M.O.P. But you simply can't turn it off because his flow is so damn infectious. Merging conscious rhymes with old-school beats was the forte. Nas and a bunch of others made something of a contest out of documenting the historic election. By the mid to late 2000's, electronic/dance influences have stormed into the pop music world. Backed by Hi-Tek's ominously slamming beat and Dion's inspiring chorus, Young Buck and Outlawz invent a new genre: hardcorerapsoulnica. Mature, nuanced, and rife with unexpected metaphors. Little did we know, at the time, that Cudi planned to make a career out of stoner jams. joined the boys onstage for a Grammy performance on her due date. Rap-A-Lot Records/Rap-A-Lot 2K Records, Inc. Devin is known for propagating the green gospel. Musically accessible, but no less intriguing than "Ether." If "Chemical Calisthenics" didn't help you ace your Chemistry class, you're doing it wrong. Second only to The Diary. A dense soundscape of shimmering piano licks over a classic breakbeat and thumping bass is the recipe for an instant banger. Face's heightened spiritual awareness and ominous street tales on songs like "What Can I Do" and the Houston tribute "On My Block" helped make The Fix his second best album. Too many songs on Fishscale either veered too far left of Wu mantra or stuck too close to home. It ain't workin' here, it ain't worth it here/I'm never gone persevere," Cam raps on "I Hate My Job. Much was made about the growing purchasing power of white hip-hop fans. Philly sweetheart Jill Scott is on board to sweeten this riveting piece. You couldn't go anywhere in 2000 without hearing Barrington Levy's voice, followed by Shyne's gritty flow. Usually, when he does so, it's because he has trouble on his mind. Outkast and Raekwon hadn’t collaborated since Aquemini and this track – with an amazing closing verse from Andre –showed us why they needed to do it again. The song that had college kids chanting "Go shawty, it's your birthday" regardless of what day or month it was. DC Loves Dilla - 9th Annual Tribute and Fundraiser (2014). Swagga Like Us - Jay Z (feat Kanye West, Lil Wayne and TI). Unlike many of the tracks on 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, there are no targets. Carter Enterprises, LLC distributed as Roc Nation. Eminem's songwriting prowess is part of what made him one of the premier MCs of the 2000s. Rather than contrive a common ground, both men embraced their differences and left us with an event record. This list reflects dance-pop songs by mainstream artists not squarely in the electronic/dance music realm that have noticeable electronic influences. Aasim is not a household name, but he should be. West demonstrated that a rap song could marry the mainstream to the Messiah and make it both sonically dynamic and commercially viable. "To relax my mind so I can be free" are the first words on Erick Sermon's "Music." Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. This jam about survival helped Kweli make the transition from member of a dynamic duo to a strong solo artist. The 2000s saw conscious rap crumble under the burden of sanctimonious sentiment. "Daydreamin'" is a colorful blend of poetry, blues, and hip-hop. It's impossible to fully appreciate the genius of this concert favorite until you've seen hip-hop fans leap up in excitement as Jay-Z delves into an exercise in lyricism. Few newbies ever get an opportunity to split a single with a big enchilada. Island Def Jam Music Group/Columbia Records. Bass-heavy breaks and quirky samples surround the green-aided exchange between Dilla and Lib on this standout from 2003's Champion Sound. The song's hazed-out jazzy vibe, coupled with Tech's psychopathic recital, is incredibly chilling. Tense, dark, paranoid. Imagine if Jay-Z teamed up with Nas and Rakim for a remix. North Carolina MC Phonte teamed up with Dutch beatsmith Nicolay on 2004's Connected. Kanye came to his rescue on the back of this Jackson 5-sampling anthem from The Blueprint. Isn't that what comes to mind when we hear the words "music" and "Marvin"? This song has enough bounce to get your adrenaline flowing any day, any weather. The Concert for Valor in Washington, DC Nov. 11, 2014 -- Eminem. This giddy lyrical back-and-forth is a good enough reason to pick up eLZhi's The Preface. "Stan" unmasks a vulnerable Eminem, one that turns up the pathos several notches while barely raising his voice. Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. Most impressive is how seamless Kanye's social commentary and Shirley Bassey's extolling of diamonds mesh. On the 9th Wonder-laced "And This Is For...," Murs imbues the topic with the insight, bite, and nuance it truly deserved. But when you take away his refuge, it's like stealing a fat kid's lunch. Already a respected producer, Kanye West demonstrates his sonic range on "Flashing Lights." Well, it's heavy, compelling, a deeply moving jam that sucks you in until you're devoid of sunlight. This list reflects dance-pop songs by mainstream artists not squarely in the electronic/dance music realm that have noticeable electronic influences. Perfect ring walkout jam. But with a Rembrandt hanging behind him the whole time. The year of Chicago was 2007. Kid Cudi's trippy psych-jam became the go-to song for lonely stoners in the 2000s. "In Da Club" sat atop every chart in every country and scored a few Grammy nods for Fif. There's a certain magic to this song that I don't want to ruin by trying to dissect the ingredients. This is an imaginative masterpiece from Game's brilliant debut, 2005's The Documentary. While everyone else was preoccupied with the next big bassline, Andre 3000 kept it simple. Classic El-Producto rocking the world, one anxious thought at a time. When he's down and out, his doobie is all he has. "Shakey Dog" worked because it found that sweet spot in the middle. Erick holds his own, but Mr. Gaye puts on a hell of a performance from the other side. To crown it all, a heavily pregnant M.I.A. Just Eminem defending his sheer existence as an unapologetic, foul-mouthed, lyrically-equipped artist who can't stand boy bands. This is the hymn of a man at peace with the sound of his own voice. A slightly faster, albeit equally melancholic, version of the song is the framework for Dilla's "Time: Donut of the Heart," off his critically-acclaimed 2006 album, Donuts. "Ante Up" is further proof that their albums should come with the following warning sticker: "Repeated listens may lead to violence against things.". Just Blaze does his best Mathematics impression on this "Mighty Healthy" sequel. Among the highlights are numbers provided by Donna M., Ministry of Funk, Groovemagnet, and Delorean.The bargain-priced #1 Club Hits series makes these tracks affordable for listeners on a budget. How many artists can claim to have placed their hood on the map with just one single? The pared downbeat and thumping bass made this a solid club banger and one of the strongest singles of the 2000s. Jadakiss hooked up with Havoc and Anthony Hamilton for a moment of reflection on a wide array of social issues. "Motown 25" is four minutes of non-stop multi-syllabic rhyme schemes. Jill Scott - Daydreamin'. Roc-A-Fella was the dominant crew of the decade. Orbiting around a bombastic Billy Squire sample, "Fix Up, Look Sharp" grabs your ear instantly and keeps ringing even after the last note has dropped. Wiz Khalifa (L) and The Game perform at the 2012 Closer To My Dreams Tour at Club Nokia on September 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Three legendary MCs and one MC known for his legendary hubris celebrate Nike's Air Force 1. Brother Ali rails against the status quo. Snoop Dogg (feat. Instead, they kick you in the teeth. Spun by The Neptunes, "Southern Hospitality" grew to be a club requisite in the early 2000s. And they held onto those values all the way to the end of the group's run in 2007. Though Big Boi and Raekwon dropped some memorable lines here, you'll remember 3K's verse even after "Royal Rush" has pumped out its last note. When Antoine Duhamel scored the French TV miniseries Belphegor in 1965, he didn't expect RZA to turn it into a rap hit 35 years later. Mike Skinner's A Grand Don't Come for Free was a flawless album. Perfect for a mid-tempo workout session. Wait, what are those things standing upright at the base of your skin? You can play this at a retirement home and watch old souls get excited about a line dance. I would've liked to be a fly on the wall to see Duhamel's reaction when he first heard this gem of a song. Once that deceptively smooth piano loop drops, you immediately think these guys are about to sing you a lullaby. Kanye's braggart rhymes, Jay-Z's strong presence, Lil Wayne's unique delivery, and T.I. They couldn't have foreseen the emergence of Vuvuzelas or Octomom's prominence, but they had everything else covered on "B.O.B. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind. Produced by the late great J Dilla and inspired by Common's ex Erykah Badu, "The Light" warmed up many nights throughout the 2000s. Mighty Mos Def blends Fela Kuti-inspired funk with Kanye-esque 808s for an uncanny hip-hop anthem. Jackson.". Em instructs you to "lose yourself in the moment," while the beat motivates you to move your feet.


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