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2000 kicked off the new millennium with one of the most stacked years in hip hop history. Within the first three months of the year, rap fans would see the release of future classics like Supreme Clientele, Let’s Get Free, Nia and Like Water for Chocolate.

It was also the same year that Eminem dropped The Marshall Mathers LP, the album that would turn him into the biggest superstar hip hop has ever seen. From a numbers perspective, there hasn’t been a rapper since Em that has been able to replicate his commercial success – not 50 Cent, not Kanye, not Lil Wayne, not Drake.

In other regions of the culture, the South continued its rise to dominance as rap acts from No Limit and Cash Money steadily dropped albums at a relentless pace, and OutKast released yet another commercially successfully and critically acclaimed project.

From Beanie Sigel’s The Truth to OutKast’s Stankonia and Jay-Z’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, here are the top 25 best hip hop albums of 2000.

25. Mystikal – Let’s Get Ready

Released: September 26, 2000

Label: Jive

Singles: “Shake Ya Ass”, “Danger (Been So Long)”

Features: Pharrell Williams, Nivea, Da Brat, Petey Pablo, OutKast

24. Big Tymers – I Got That Work

Released: May 16, 2000

Label: Universal, Cash Money

Singles: “Get Your Roll On”, “#1 Stunna”

Features: Atrice, Lovely, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Ziggy Wiggly, Hoy Boys, B.G., Turk

23. Ja Rule – Rule 3:36

Released: October 10, 2000

Label: Def Jam, Murder Inc.

Singles: “Between Me and You”, “Put It on Me”, “6 Feet Underground”, “I Cry”

Features: Christina Milian, Lil’ Mo, Shade Sheist and Jayo Felony

22. Big Pun – Yeeeah Baby

Released: April 4, 2000

Label: Columbia, Terror Squad, Loud

Singles: “It’s So Hard”, “100%”

Features: Prospect, Opera Steve, Donell Jones, Cuban Link, M.O.P., Tony Sunshine, Sunkiss, Remi Martin, Drag-On, Fat Joe

21. Nelly – Country Grammar

Released: June 27, 2000

Label: Universal, Fo’ Reel

Singles: “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)”, “E.I.”, “Ride wit Me”, “Batter Up”

Features: Cedric the Entertainer, St. Lunatics, City Spud, Murphy Lee, Ali, Lil Wayne, The Teamsters

20. Rah Digga – Dirty Harriet

Released: April 4, 2000

Label: Flipmode, Elektra

Singles: “Tight”, “Imperial”, “Break Fool”

Features: Eve, Sonja Blade, Busta Rhymes, Outsidaz, Carl Thomas, Flipmode Squad, Young Zee

19. Xzibit – Restless

Released: December 12, 2000

Label: Open Bar, Loud, SRC, Epic

Singles: “X”, “Front 2 Back”, “Get Your Walk On”

Features: Nate Dogg, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Erick Sermon, J-Ro, Tash, KRS-One, Eminem, Defari, Goldie Loc, Kokane, Trąy Deee, DJ Quik, Suga Free, Butch Cassidy, Defari, King Tee

18. Black Rob – Life Story

Released: March 7, 2000

Label: Bad Boy, Arista

Singles: “Whoa!”, “Espacio”

Features: Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Racquel, Puff Daddy, Mark Curry, Ma$e, G-Dep, Cee-Lo Green, Lil’ Kim, Joe Hooker, The LOX, Mario Winans, Carl Thomas

17. Jay-Z – The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

Released: October 31, 2000

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Singles: “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”, “Change the Game”, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”

Features: Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Scarface, R. Kelly

16. Wu-Tang Clan – The W

Released: November 21, 2000

Label: Loud, Columbia

Singles: “Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)”, “Gravel Pit”, “Careful (Click, Click)”

Features: Isaac Hayes, Redman, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Junior Reid

15. Snoop Dogg – Tha Last Meal

Released: December 19, 2000

Label: Doggystyle, No Limit, Priority

Singles: “Snoop Dogg (What’s My Name Pt. 2)”, “Lay Low”, “Wrong Idea”, “Loosen’ Control”

Features: Bad Azz, Kokane, Lil’ ½ Dead, MC Ren, The Lady of Rage, Ice Cube, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Butch Cassidy, Tha Eastsidaz, Master P, Mac Minister, Magic

14. Busta Rhymes – Anarchy

Released: June 20, 2000

Label: Flipmode, Elektra

Singles: “Get Out!!”, “Fire”

Features: Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Roc Marciano, The Flipmode Squad, Lenny Kravitz, M.O.P, DMX, Jay-Z

13. DJ Quik – Balance & Options

Released: May 16, 2000

Label: Arista

Singles: “Pitch in on a Party”, “Quikker Said than Dunn”

Features: Mausberg, Skaboobie, AMG, James DeBarge, Erick Sermon, Kam, Digital Underground, Raphael Saadiq, Suga Free, James DeBarge

12. The LOX – We Are the Streets

Released: January 25, 2000

Label: Ruff Ryders, Interscope

Singles: “Ryde or Die, Bitch”

Features: Drag-On, Eve, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland

11. Three 6 Mafia – When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1

Released: June 13, 2000

Label: Loud, Hypnotize Minds

Singles: “Who Run It”, “Sippin’ on Some Syrup”, “Tongue Ring”, “Weak Azz Bitch”

Features: Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Hypnotize Camp Posse, Young Buck, Fiend, La Chat, Mr. Serv-On, Big Gipp, La Chat, UGK

10. Jurassic 5 – Quality Control

Released: June 6, 2000

Label: Interscope

Singles: “W.O.E. Is Me (World of Entertainment)”, “Quality Control”

Features: N/A

9. De La Soul – Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

Released: August 8, 2000

Label: Tommy Boy

Singles: “Oooh.”, “Thru Ya City”, “All Good?”

Features: Tha Alkaholiks, Xzibit, Redman, D.V. Alias Khrist, Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan, Indeed, Mike D, Ad-Rock, Busy Bee Starski, Freddie Foxxx

8. Beanie Sigel – The Truth

Released: February 29, 2000

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Singles: “The Truth”, “Remember Them Days”

Features: Memphis Bleek, Jay-Z, Amil, Eve, Scarface

7. dead prez – Let’s Get Free

Released: February 8, 2000

Label: Loud

Singles: “Hip-Hop”, “It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop”

Features: Prodigy, True Image, Indo, Abu, Keanna Henson

6. Quasimoto – The Unseen

Released: June 13, 2000

Label: Stones Throw Records

Singles: “Microphone Mathematics”, “Come on Feet”, “Basic Instinct”

Features: Mr. Herb, Medaphoar, Wildchild

5. Slum Village – Fantastic, Vol. 2

Released: June 13, 2000

Label: GoodVibe

Singles: “Get Dis Money”, “I Don’t Know / Eyes Up”, “Climax (Girl Shit) / CB4”, “Raise It Up / Fall In Love (Jay Dee Remix)”

Features: Q-Tip, D’Angelo, Busta Rhymes, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Common

4. Common – Like Water for Chocolate

Released: March 28, 2000

Label: MCA

Singles: “The 6th Sense”, “The Light”, “Geto Heaven Remix T.S.O.I. (The Sound of Illadelph)”

Features: Vinia Mojica, Roy Hargrove, Femi Kuti, Roy Hargrove, Bilal, Jill Scott, Mos Def, MC Lyte, Slum Village, D’Angelo, Cee-Lo Green

3. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

Released: May 23, 2000

Label: Aftermath, Interscope

Singles: “The Real Slim Shady”, “The Way I Am”, “Stan”, “I’m Back”, “Bitch Please II”

Features: Dido, RBX, Sticky Fingaz, Bizarre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and D12

2. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele

Released: February 8, 2000

Label: Epic, Sony, Razor Sharp

Singles: “Mighty Healthy”, “Apollo Kids”, “Cherchez La Ghost”

Features: Cappadonna, GZA, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, RZA, U-God

1. OutKast – Stankonia

Released: October 31, 2000

Label: LaFace, Arista

Singles: “B.O.B”, “Ms. Jackson”, “So Fresh, So Clean”

Features: Khujo, Killer Mike, J-Sweet, Gangsta Boo, Eco, Backbone, Big Gipp, Erykah Badu, Slimm Calhoun, C-Bone, T-Mo, Cee-Lo, Big Rube, Sleepy Brown

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