2000er rave hits

By now, everyone had learned one thing: never bet against The Neptunes. Raekwon serves up a certified Wu banger, alongside Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Anthony Hamilton) - "Why", Elzhi (feat. Jemini avoids that criticism by sarcastically urging kids to do drugs on a song titled "Don't Do Drugs," while Danger Mouse keeps the beat bubbly. The ballad, which appears on Jackson 5's Moving Violation, is also one of the group's most sampled tunes. Jadakiss - Why (featuring Anthony Hamilton). 50 struck gold with this Dr. Dre concoction from his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. This is an imaginative masterpiece from Game's brilliant debut, 2005's The Documentary. Portland's Lifesavas paint a solemn and sincere portrait of life as an underground rapper, highlighting some frustrations and funnies that artists and fans can easily identify. David Banner serves up an orchestral sound-bed, while The King kicks street wisdom to young trappers in the struggle. No punching bags, either. 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. . Where most rappers tend to approach their side gigs lightly, Tay attacked every beat on Connected as if his career depended on it. Backed by Hi-Tek's ominously slamming beat and Dion's inspiring chorus, Young Buck and Outlawz invent a new genre: hardcorerapsoulnica. To crown it all, a heavily pregnant M.I.A. The ingredient for this runaway smash? Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and explore the best rap songs of the 2000s. And they held onto those values all the way to the end of the group's run in 2007. From the goofy concept to the way the beat is tailor-made to suit each artist, "Int'l Players Anthem" is flawless. That means that I have more hits than years since Christ’s birth. The other part comes from Just Blaze’s musically rich soundboard. 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. "Drive" starts out with El spewing lines like, "C'mon ma, can I borrow the keys? It went on to become his first chart-topping single and inspired a remix craze that went on for years. When Kanye used the chart-topping "Touch the Sky" as a vehicle to ferry Lupe Fiasco to the big scene, Lupe seized the opportunity and gave one of the most memorable guest performances of the decade. DC Loves Dilla - 9th Annual Tribute and Fundraiser (2014). Island Def Jam Music Group/Columbia Records. Nas' esoteric yet wittily ferocious response to Jay-Z's "Takeover" helped clinch his victory in the battle for New York supremacy. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free. A bouncy anthem simultaneously showcasing DP's versatility and underlining their commitment to activism. In the midst of his battle with Nas, Jay-Z needed a magical moment. Royce Da 5'9") - "Motown 25", Kanye West (feat. Not only did the Windy City send three albums to 07's Top 10; it also introduced us to this cool duo. Jackson.". Mike Skinner's A Grand Don't Come for Free was a flawless album. This list reflects dance-pop songs by mainstream artists not squarely in the electronic/dance music realm that have noticeable electronic influences. This hilarious paean to booger sugar had all the girls (and some fellas) fiendin' for N.E.R.D goodness. Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. Instead, they kick you in the teeth. "All I Do Is Think of You" is a favorite among Jackson 5 fans. T.I. El and fellow Motor City MC Royce engage in a fierce rhyming contest over Black Milk's sample-heavy concoction. One of Nas' finest moments. : 1: Cupid Shuffle: Cupid: 2007: Popular: 2: Cha-Cha Slide: Mr. C The Slide Man What you know about that? Nina Simone's beautiful art survives on this sprawling epic, as Kweli confronts the social pain afflicting black women everywhere. Jiggaman and UGK teamed up to give us this sure-shot in the summer of 2000. The song that had college kids chanting "Go shawty, it's your birthday" regardless of what day or month it was. Snoop dropped this one in the hovering humidity of '04 and watched it sit on No.1 for three weeks. Mash Out Posse came out the door with a loud bang and sustained that intensity throughout the 2000s. His rhymes are sharper than a Samurai ginsu. Dido's ethereal crooning adds more soot to the tale. Wait, what are those things standing upright at the base of your skin? Brother Ali rails against the status quo. But when you take away his refuge, it's like stealing a fat kid's lunch. Respect is due. The pared downbeat and thumping bass made this a solid club banger and one of the strongest singles of the 2000s. ​Loud and languorous, "Still Tippin'" captured the essence of southern hospitality in 2004. By the mid to late 2000's, electronic/dance influences have stormed into the pop music world. You can play this at a retirement home and watch old souls get excited about a line dance. EJ Hersom/DoD News (Publicly shared via Wikimedia Commons). 1. As subtle as T-Pain's "You Don't Have to Like Me" tattoo. A dense soundscape of shimmering piano licks over a classic breakbeat and thumping bass is the recipe for an instant banger. Imagine if Jay-Z teamed up with Nas and Rakim for a remix. Bass-heavy breaks and quirky samples surround the green-aided exchange between Dilla and Lib on this standout from 2003's Champion Sound. When he's down and out, his doobie is all he has. "Motown 25" is four minutes of non-stop multi-syllabic rhyme schemes. On "Lights Please," the Roc Nation signee manages to cram an epistle's worth of social commentary into four minutes without wandering off into preachy territory. 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. Ak's code of ethics is simple: If it makes Bob Marley turn in his grave, don't do it. Then you hit the repeat button. While everyone else was preoccupied with the next big bassline, Andre 3000 kept it simple. Erick holds his own, but Mr. Gaye puts on a hell of a performance from the other side. One of his most memorable performances arrived on the Darrien Brockington-aided gem "All That You Are.". His flow on "Hip-Hop 101" is crispier than vanilla wafers. Jay flips the theme music from Eternal Sunshine into a gorgeous hip-hop gem. The Game performing with his son at the BET Awards. A brother can dream, right? It was more than anyone had bargained for. Little did we know, at the time, that Cudi planned to make a career out of stoner jams. He has written for "Vibe," MTV, Rap Rehab, and more. They couldn't have foreseen the emergence of Vuvuzelas or Octomom's prominence, but they had everything else covered on "B.O.B. Big Boi performing at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square New York for the Advertising Week party. 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. Too many songs on Fishscale either veered too far left of Wu mantra or stuck too close to home. You couldn't go anywhere in 2000 without hearing Barrington Levy's voice, followed by Shyne's gritty flow. Nas and a bunch of others made something of a contest out of documenting the historic election. "Get Ur Freak On" is a testament to her array of artistic strengths. Carter Enterprises, LLC distributed as Roc Nation. 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.". Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind. It was musical irrigation to our souls the first time it washed over the summer airwaves. Their top single "Black Mags" is a ​sonic collision of different styles and genres, from hyphy to boom bap. "Yesterday," a standout cut from Atmosphere's, finds Slug reminiscing about his father's days on earth. Jill Scott - Daydreamin'. Two revered groups merge forces for the first time and yield a pulverizing hip-hop moment. Most impressive is how seamless Kanye's social commentary and Shirley Bassey's extolling of diamonds mesh. "Boom" is the sound of a heavyweight champ sparring with himself. Three legendary MCs and one MC known for his legendary hubris celebrate Nike's Air Force 1. Sorta like Ron Paul without the political baggage. 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. Just Blaze does his best Mathematics impression on this "Mighty Healthy" sequel. AZ and Firm partner trade rhymes on, "The Essence", which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. The Concert for Valor in Washington, DC Nov. 11, 2014 -- Eminem. Mature, nuanced, and rife with unexpected metaphors. Well, well, well. Once that deceptively smooth piano loop drops, you immediately think these guys are about to sing you a lullaby. That unmistakable bling tug filled the floor quicker than a money rain. Swagga Like Us - Jay Z (feat Kanye West, Lil Wayne and TI). As deadly as the bullets that pierced his skin and nearly claimed his life. Aasim is not a household name, but he should be. In this corner wearing green trunks, representing Detroit, Royce da 5'9"! 's multi-syllabic flow make this a quadruple whammy of star power. 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. Wayne devotes each verse to a specific element of hip-hop, doling out countless quotables along the way. Classic El-Producto rocking the world, one anxious thought at a time. Cam'ron's recession rap anthem captures the frustrations that peppered the global economic turmoil. Spun by The Neptunes, "Southern Hospitality" grew to be a club requisite in the early 2000s. OutKast used the eerily prescient "B.O.B." Today’s Rave: 2000+ Hits June 11, 2008. 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. More of a standout than any of Jigga’s rhymes is the brilliant display of exceptionally strong vocals from Ms. Keys. Already a respected producer, Kanye West demonstrates his sonic range on "Flashing Lights." While some of the acts listed here have been embraced by the electronic/dance community such as So Solid Crew, Dizzee Rascal, and The Streets, this list is going merely for the rapped vocals. This jam about survival helped Kweli make the transition from member of a dynamic duo to a strong solo artist. In other words, pure joy crystallized into an impossibly catchy dance cut. "What's Golden" hearkens to Jurassic 5's mission statement. Fat Joe & Remy Ma) - "Lean Back", Snoop Dogg (ft. Pharrell Williams) - "Drop It Like It's Hot", Ludacris (feat. Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records. Cham's octane-flow approach is only rivaled by the fast-tongued Krayzie Bone here. This song has enough bounce to get your adrenaline flowing any day, any weather. Cappadonna & Ghostface) - "10 Bricks", The Foreign Exchange - "All That You Are", Jay-Z (ft. Alicia Keys) - "Empire State of Mind", Terror Squad (feat. Long before Beans went rogue, the Roc's top three MCs joined forces to craft this street masterpiece. Classic Rhymefest humor ("I'm Saddam, except I got weapons") sprinkled with Classic Rhymefest musings ("They sold MySpace for $500 million/They sold YouTube for $1.6 billion/And you're in the project fighting over a building"). “Exhibit C” embodies everything people admire about Jay Electronica—a combo of compelling confessionals and convincing boasts, delivered in a charismatic manner. Perfect for a mid-tempo workout session. Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel) - "What We Do", Missy Elliott (feat. The second half of the song reminds us of the many reasons Q-Tip has managed to remain a strong force. He doesn't disappoint on the mic either: "Martin with no Gina,” he quips on “Flashing Lights,” while Dwele rides shotgun. Roc-A-Fella was the dominant crew of the decade. Weezy goes on a free-verse rampage, rambling about everything under the sun. It relies on a simple plot: a boy loses money, gets a girl, loses the girl, finds the money. Unlike many of the tracks on 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, there are no targets. Kid Cudi's trippy psych-jam became the go-to song for lonely stoners in the 2000s. "One Mic" builds up gradually and explodes into a torrent of explosive rhymes. The beat, courtesy of the late great Roc Raida, will have you reaching for Bengay from too much head bobbing. If you partied at the dawn of the century, you must have encountered this bouncy trifle at some point. Strong songwriting and instrumentation as well as respect for influences. Among the greatest rap songs of all time. 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. Musically accessible, but no less intriguing than "Ether." This list reflects dance-pop songs by mainstream artists not squarely in the electronic/dance music realm that have noticeable electronic influences. The song's lighthearted vibe is apropos given Oregon's high depression rates. Em instructs you to "lose yourself in the moment," while the beat motivates you to move your feet. There's a certain magic to this song that I don't want to ruin by trying to dissect the ingredients. It's arguably the biggest hit to ever come out of Texas. Oh man, the good ol' days when Timbaland was cranking out club knockers every other Tuesday. The song's hazed-out jazzy vibe, coupled with Tech's psychopathic recital, is incredibly chilling. The reconciliation was just as historic as the battle. Kanye's braggart rhymes, Jay-Z's strong presence, Lil Wayne's unique delivery, and T.I. Billy's hunger for social acceptance drove him to commit all sorts of atrocities. But it’s only one part of the equation. Usually, when he does so, it's because he has trouble on his mind. Hey hip-hop, your future is in safe hands. Its simplicity only accentuates the sound of Jay’s heartbreaking. Tense, dark, paranoid. "Shakey Dog" worked because it found that sweet spot in the middle. The result is a cohesive gem that sent ripples across the airwaves. 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. 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. Luckily for us, some mean bastard took his doobie away and Devin lived to tell the beautiful tale of "Doobie Ashtray" possible. Slim Thug and Paul Wall), The Game - "Hate It or Love It" (Ft. 50 Cent), Kanye West - "Diamonds (From Sierra Leone)". "Good music transcends all physical limits," Murs rhymed atop 9th's deft interpretation of "You're Winning" by Crackin'. 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. Andre 3000 of Outkast performing at The Grammy Awards. 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. It ain't workin' here, it ain't worth it here/I'm never gone persevere," Cam raps on "I Hate My Job. This is the hymn of a man at peace with the sound of his own voice. A classic eulogy that nails the job it wasn't trying to do in the first place. Rather than contrive a common ground, both men embraced their differences and left us with an event record. "To relax my mind so I can be free" are the first words on Erick Sermon's "Music." #1 Club Hits: Best of Dance & Techno features 44 tracks that embrace both original cuts and several remixes of popular songs from the '80s. How many artists can claim to have placed their hood on the map with just one single? This will probably go down as the greatest challenge ever posed in a head-butting contest. One must note that hip-hop music and modern electronic music share a similar history. "Blinded by the Lights" is a smart, intense bit from the narrative that encapsulates the protagonist's helplessness. It's the very song that helped spur the Def Jux revolution. West demonstrated that a rap song could marry the mainstream to the Messiah and make it both sonically dynamic and commercially viable. Cut Chemist) - "Chemical Calisthenics", Raekwon (feat. Reflection Eternal's debut, Train of Thought, will go down as one of the best hip-hop albums of the 2000s, thanks to timeless tunes like "The Blast" and "Four Women." joined the boys onstage for a Grammy performance on her due date. Well, it's heavy, compelling, a deeply moving jam that sucks you in until you're devoid of sunlight. Absolutely nothing. Just Eminem defending his sheer existence as an unapologetic, foul-mouthed, lyrically-equipped artist who can't stand boy bands. Rap-A-Lot Records/Rap-A-Lot 2K Records, Inc. Devin is known for propagating the green gospel. The year of Chicago was 2007. What does this mean? 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. made considerable strides in the 2000s because of songs like "How About Some Hardcore" and "Ante Up." Top that. Dude was practically on top of the world until a lousy club shooting sent him to jail and deflated his career. It combines disparate elements that have no business being in the same pot together: Indian strings, tribal drums, Chinese gibberish. This giddy lyrical back-and-forth is a good enough reason to pick up eLZhi's The Preface. Theme music for any revolution. Few newbies ever get an opportunity to split a single with a big enchilada. Like the theme music to a good movie, they underscore a unique decade in hip-hop. "Hot in Herre" was supposed to be a summer single, but the St. Louis native got more than he bargained for. ", IDJ/S. Mighty Mos Def blends Fela Kuti-inspired funk with Kanye-esque 808s for an uncanny hip-hop anthem. 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. "Daydreamin'" is a colorful blend of poetry, blues, and hip-hop. It's undoubtedly one of the greatest diss songs in the history of hip-hop. Nelly, in his prime, was a force to be reckoned with in the danceable-rap department. Snoop Dogg (feat. This ebullient jawn from his collaboration with Madlib captured the two in top form. Henry Adaso has written about hip-hop since 2005 and founded the award-winning blog The Rap Up. "Daylight" is the perfect theme song for a walk through a cold night. Lupe’s skateboard anthem made the world take notice of the Chi-Town MC’s push for the return of the art of storytelling sorely needed in this decade. M.O.P. MF DOOM reached the height of his creativity in the 2000s. "First of all, f--k you to every one of y'all." "Why am I workin' here? 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. "Stan" unmasks a vulnerable Eminem, one that turns up the pathos several notches while barely raising his voice. It doesn't matter if you're a backpacker, a purist, or a southern rap aficionado, this is one anthem you won't forget anytime soon. 's star-stuffed single instantly became an inescapable radio hit, club banger, and summer staple in 2008. David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons (CC by 3.0). Powerfully plumbed with acoustic guitar, though the production is lo-fi. On this underappreciated gem, Akrobatik reminds his peers to be careful about what they're teaching the younguns. Jay Electronica is no ordinary rapper. "In Da Club" sat atop every chart in every country and scored a few Grammy nods for Fif. Philly sweetheart Jill Scott is on board to sweeten this riveting piece. Too bad, 50 doesn't craft hooks like this anymore. One mindless phrase repeated over and over and over and over until it becomes irresistible. Eminem's songwriting prowess is part of what made him one of the premier MCs of the 2000s. My generation is carpooling with doom and disease." With a flip of the beat, a bubbly rap song descends into a somber subway banger, as Tip recalls his days as a young MC. Pharrell Williams) - Drop It Like It's Hot. We may never know exactly how much of this song was 50's idea, but one thing is certain: "Hate It Or Love It" is a winner. 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. Like your big brother giving you the "do good, live right" spiel before going away to college. Ahh, the good ol' days when every rap single posed a question to the listener. "Lose Yourself" has the double gift of being both an inspirational speech and an instructional manual. Andre 3000 and Big Boi, in their creative ebullience, dazzled with 2000's Stankonia. A usually lighthearted Wale gets serious on "The Kramer," in which he weighs in on the N-word debate. The H-Town triumvirate of Mike, Slim, and Paul should be somewhere near the top of that list for spearheading Houston's momentary chokehold on hip-hop. Pharrell Williams) - "Southern Hospitality", Chamillionaire (ft. Krayzie Bone) - "Ridin'", Jadakiss (feat. (Bombs over Baghdad)" The gulf war, political imbalance, and global warming never sounded so good. Dwele) - "Flashing Lights", Jay Electronica - "Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)", Freeway (feat. On the 9th Wonder-laced "And This Is For...," Murs imbues the topic with the insight, bite, and nuance it truly deserved. Exile serves up the poignant production on this moment of uplift from 2005's The Waiting Room. These songs embody the spirit of the 2000s. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.. Pt II. A sweet reminder of a time when CRS (Kanye, Pharrell, and Lupe Fiasco) teased us endlessly with the promise of a long-player. The glorious midtempo throb of "Rising Up" outshines everything on Rising Down. This one was so hot it inspired Weird Al's "White & Nerdy" remix. Thanks to my loyal and incomprehensible following, I have now exceeded 2008 hits. Perfect ring walkout jam. Kanye West & Lil Wayne), Emanon (Feat.Exile and Aloe Blacc) - "The Words", The Roots - "Rising Up" (Feat. A modern masterpiece. Dwayne Carter dons his overalls and proceeds to stitch his ailing patients one after the other. "10 Bricks" is a movie on wax, replete with vivid descriptions and rewind-worthy metaphors. The 2000s saw conscious rap crumble under the burden of sanctimonious sentiment. 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.". Jay’s imagery is impressive. 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.". Produced by the late great J Dilla and inspired by Common's ex Erykah Badu, "The Light" warmed up many nights throughout the 2000s. "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. Much was made about the growing purchasing power of white hip-hop fans. It's bouncy enough for the club and frenetic enough for the gym. & Jay-Z - "Swagga Like Us" (Feat. Jadakiss hooked up with Havoc and Anthony Hamilton for a moment of reflection on a wide array of social issues. "Ante Up" is further proof that their albums should come with the following warning sticker: "Repeated listens may lead to violence against things.". But with a Rembrandt hanging behind him the whole time. Kanye came to his rescue on the back of this Jackson 5-sampling anthem from The Blueprint. And "Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)" is no ordinary rap song. The Roots later used the same track as for the album closer, "Can't Stop This" on 2007's Game Theory. 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.​. Merging conscious rhymes with old-school beats was the forte. 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. Isn't that what comes to mind when we hear the words "music" and "Marvin"? 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. Aside from Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, no other event garnered hip-hop support like the 2008 presidential election. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1999 CD release of Best Of Rave Party on Discogs. Missy quickly became a favorite in the 2000s on the strength of her progressive production and innovative videos. Lupe Fiasco feat. By the mid to late 2000's, electronic/dance influences have stormed into the pop music world. Ghostface Killah performing at The Meadows Festival. North Carolina MC Phonte teamed up with Dutch beatsmith Nicolay on 2004's Connected. But you simply can't turn it off because his flow is so damn infectious. These songs embody the spirit of the 2000s. Best of all, it went down easy no matter what kind of dance you were doing in the club. Second only to The Diary. The Common-aided remix is equally fascinating. If "Chemical Calisthenics" didn't help you ace your Chemistry class, you're doing it wrong. Darkness permeates "Dance with the Devil" from start to finish, as Immortal Technique tells an elaborate tale of a man named Billy. No hip-hop song in recent memory captured so perfectly the sentiment of despair and the possibility of hope. 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