2000 was a year where we saw a lot of dope rappers drop big-selling albums. From Nelly to Ja Rule, Wu-Tang Clan to Snoop Dogg, Mystikal to OutKast, it was a big year for hip hop.

But all of those releases paled in comparison to the numbers that Eminem would put up with The Marshall Mathers LP . Selling a whopping 1.78 million in its first week, the album would become the highest first week sales for a hip hop album of all time .

10. Country Grammar by Nelly

Ranking Nelly First Week Album Sales Country Grammar

Released: June 6, 2000

Label: Fo’ Reel, Universal

First week album sales: 235,000

Billboard 200 position: 3

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

9. Ryde or Die Vol. 2 by Various Artists

Biggest Hip Hop Album First Week Sales Of 2000 Ryde Or Die

Released: July 4, 2000

Label: Ruff Ryders, Interscope

First week album sales: 254,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “WW III”, “Got It All”

8. Rule 3:36 by Ja Rule

Ranking Ja Rule First Week Album Sales 336

Released: October 10, 2000

Label: Murder Inc., Def Jam

First week album sales: 276,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

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

7. The W by Wu-Tang Clan

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Released: November 21, 2000

Label: Loud, Columbia

First week album sales: 301,000

Billboard 200 position: 5

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

6. Let’s Get Ready by Mystikal

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Released: September 26, 2000

Label: Jive Records

First week album sales: 330,663

Billboard 200 position: 1

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

5. Tha Last Meal by Snoop Dogg

Ranking Snoop Dogg First Week Album Sales 2

Released: December 19, 2000

Label: Doggystyle, No Limit, Priority

First week album sales: 397,000 copies

Billboard 200 position: 9

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

4. Stankonia by Outkast

Biggest Hip Hop Album First Week Sales Of 2000 Stankonia

Released: October 31, 2000

Label: LaFace, Arista

First week album sales: 530,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

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

3. The Dynasty: Roc La Familia by Jay-Z

Ranking Jay Z First Week Album Sales The Dynasty Roc La Familia

Released: October 31, 2000

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 557,789

Billboard 200 position: 1

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

2. Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water by Limp Bizkit

Biggest Hip Hop Album First Week Sales Of 2000 Limp Bizkit

Released: October 17, 2000

Label: Flip, Interscope

First week album sales: 1,054,511

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Take a Look Around”, “My Generation”, “Rollin'”, “My Way”, “Boiler”

1. The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem

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Released: May 23, 2000

Label: Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope, Goliath

First week album sales: 1,780,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

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