What was rap like in the early 2000s? What did you listen to 10 years ago?

A question for all you old heads. What was rap like back then in the early 2000s?

At the end of the golden age and before the big name artists of today were big (save for a couple), what was popular? What was emerging? What did you listen to? What did the real niggas bump to on the streets?

January 24th, 2013
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well around 2001 i was only 6 or 7 but, i know a little bit about that era. For one, eminem, snoop dogg, & busta were all at a good point in the early 2000’s. T.I., Ludacris, the whole Slim Thug, Jim Jones, Mike Jones, & Paul Walls were coming up as well. At different times granted, but all in that era. hopefully i help homie.

January 24th, 2013
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Back as a 6 year old in 2001 I was bumpin these cats

I was a douchebag as a child

January 24th, 2013

I remeber my uncle always bumped Eminem, Mike Jones, TI, 50 cent, and Game back in the 2000’s

January 24th, 2013
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A lot of Ludacris, 50 Cent & posthumous Biggie.

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During the 2000s, pretty much Kanye, 50 Cent, TI & Game were all making claims to be King of their respective region.

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I was in high school. Mainstream rap was already beginning to go downhill but there were still some good acts. And underground was taking off. I’ll list albums I was into from 2000-2002.

Afu-Ra- Body of the Life Force
Beanie Sigel- The Truth
Big L- The Big Picture
Big Pun- Yeeeah Baby
Black Rob- Life Story
Common- Like Water For Chocolate
Dead Prez- Let’s Get Free
Deltron 3030- Deltron 3030
Dilated Peoples- The Platform
Eminem- The Marshal Mathers LP
Freddie Foxx- Industry Shakedown
Ghostface Killah- Supreme Clientele
Jedi Mind Tricks- Violent By Design
The Lox- We Are The Streets
M.O.P.– Warriorz
Prodigy- H.N.I.C.
Reflection Eternal- Train of Thought
Screwball- Y2K
Aesop Rock- Labor Days
Beanie Sigel- The Reason
The Beatnuts- Take It or Squeeze It
Cannibal Ox- The Cold Vein
Chino XL- I Told You So
Cormega- The Realness
Dilated Peoples- Expansion Team
Fabolous- Ghetto Fabolous
Hi-Tek- Hi-Teknology
J-Zone- Pimps Don’t Pay Taxes
Jadakiss- Kiss Tha Game Goodbye
Jay-Z- The Blueprint
Nas- Stillmatic
Screwball- Loyalty
Self Scientific- The Self Science
Smut Peddlers- Porn Again
Wu-Tang Clan- Iron Flag
AZ- Aziatic
Cage- Movies For The Blind
Clipse- Lord Willin'
Copywrite- The High Exhaulted
Cormega- The True Meaning
El-P- Fantastic Damage
Eminem- The Eminem Show
GZA- Legend of the Liquid Sword
Infamous Mobb- Special Edition
J-Live- All of the Above
Jean Grae- Attack of the Attacking Things
Large Professor- 1st Class
Little Brother- The Listening
Mr. Lif- I Phantom
Nas- God’s Son
Nas- The Lost Tapes
Nighthawks (Cage + Camu Tao)– Nighthawks
Non-Phixion- The Future Is Now
Pacewon- Won
The Roots- Phrenology
Royce Da 5'9"– Rock City (Version 2.0)
Styles P.– A Gangster and a Gentleman
Talib Kweli- Quality

January 24th, 2013

^ Not a bad list, but I think that’s just your PERSONAL list, not what was actually popping. Mainstream, you had ALOT of Ludacris, Big Pun, Nelly, Red and Meth, Jadakiss and the Lox, Bad Boy was still popular, Fabolous, lots of R&B, Southern rap(mostly ATL shit) was catching on(Outkast, Dungeon Family, Youngbloodz,Luda, Juvenile was big, Cash Money Records was crazy, Eminem. Radio was still well balanced in the early 2000s. You’ll have your pop shit on repeat, but you’d still catch some good rappers on the radio.

January 24th, 2013

Almost forgot….Wu-Tang was very popular back then too.

January 24th, 2013

Early 2000’s was all about this album…

Game changer!

January 24th, 2013
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Early 2000’s personally I was almost entirely about Def Jux, Anticon, Rawkus/Eastern Conference, Living Legends, Shapeshifters etc. I was in high school and was a giant indie-snob back then.

January 24th, 2013

Did you actually read the list? There are several popular, commercial rappers in there as well as some critically acclaimed indie artists.

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Eminem was busy making some of the greatest music videos of all time.

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A young Eminem

The Marshall Mathers LP
The Eminem Show
The Blueprint

It was a great time man.

January 24th, 2013