Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Top 20 Hip Hop Albums of 2000

I'm an '80s baby who grew up in the '90s and came of age in the '00s. While my interests in hip hop were born in the early-to-mid '90s, this past decade shaped my taste and preferences in the genre. Over the next few days, I'll be dropping lists of my top 20 albums for each year of the decade. Some of them are sentimental picks. For the most part, however, I'd like to think that my lists represent the development of my appreciation for hip hop as both a fan and critic over the past ten years. I'll start with 2000 and work my way up to 2008. My 2009 post will be the grand finale, so to speak, to cap off the decade and begin a new one. What will 2010 bring? Let's not worry about that just yet. Let's take a final look at 2000:

1. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
2. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
3. OutKast - Stankonia
4. dead prez - Let's Get Free
5. Common - Like Water for Chocolate
6. Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
7. Xzibit - Restless
8. Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought
9. M.O.P. - Warriorz
10. Wu-Tang Clan - The W

11. Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent by Design
12. Scarface - Last of a Dying Breed
13. Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2
14. Blackalicious - Nia
15. Big L - The Big Picture
16. Jay-Z - The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
17. Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
18. Snoop Dogg - Tha Last Meal
19. Ludacris - Back for the First Time
20. Mystikal - Let's Get Ready


  1. I would say this is based on production over lyrical skill .... ?

  2. good list but needs more Quasimoto.

  3. Although I don't agree with everything (expected), this is a great list. I'm in the same age range as you and this shit definitely brought me back. Always love to see people giving shine to the slept-on classics (j5, blackalicious, warriorz) and make some unpopular choices (roc la familia, mystikal). Respect.

  4. I like your top ten but the rest is mehh

  5. The Force: No, not necessarily.

    Rafi: Quasimoto made my list in '05 for "The Further Adventures of Lord Quas", but that's it. Sorry :P

    Rek: Word!

    Decapitatah: What would you replace in the 11-20 list?

  6. Ah! Big L. That's the stuff. The grammar geek in me wants to point out that it's "'90s"—the apostrophe denotes the abbreviation. Your blog is top shelf all the way. Big ups, Ivan.

  7. Quasimoto is whacker than muahuffa

  8. B3N: You're 100% correct. I always do that for some reason.... Thanks for the kind words!

    Anon: LOL!

  9. I gotta go 1. Com 2. Slum 3. Em 4. Reflection Eternal 5. Outkast

    Great list, love these posts.

  10. Erm where is NAS!? God's son... lost tapes... and why does everyone suck supreme clienteles dick it was OKAY...


  11. Nice list. I had all these when they came out but a lot of them have lost their appeal now. I only own 5 of them now

  12. 2pac better dayz???