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XXL Lists The Best Hip-Hop Songs And Albums Of The Last 40 Years – XXL Issue 152


2000 Albums
Stankonia, OutKast
The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
Country Grammar, Nelly
Back For The First Time, Ludacris
Supreme Clientele, Ghostface Killah

2000 Singles
“Country Grammar (Hot…),” Nelly
“The Next Episode,” Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg
“Whoa!,” Black Rob
“Shake Ya Ass,” Mystikal
“Bad Boyz,” Shyne featuring Barrington Levy

2001 Albums
The Blueprint, Jay Z
Stillmatic, Nas
Pain Is Love, Ja Rule
Broken Silence, Foxy Brown
Word Of Mouf, Ludacris

2001 Singles
“Area Codes,” Ludacris featuring Nate Dogg
“Always On Time,” Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
“Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” Jay Z
“Bia’ Bia’,” Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz featuring Ludacris, Too $hort, Big Kapp and Chyna Whyte
“Music,” Erick Sermon

Lil Jon

2002 Albums
The Fix, Scarface
Lord Willin’, Clipse
Come Home With Me, Cam’ron
The Eminem Show, Eminem
Kings Of Crunk, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

2002 Singles
“Hot In Herre,” Nelly
“I Need A Girl (Part 1),” P. Diddy featuring Usher and Loon
“What’s Luv?,” Fat Joe featuring Ashanti
“Oh Boy,” Cam’ron featuring Juelz Santana
“Move Bitch,” Ludacris featuring Mystikal and I-20

2003 Albums
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast
Chicken-n-Beer, Ludacris
Beg For Mercy, G-Unit
The Black Album, Jay Z


2003 Singles
“In Da Club,” 50 Cent
“Get Low,” Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
“Right Thurr,” Chingy
“Magic Stick,” Lil Kim featuring 50 Cent
“P.I.M.P.,” 50 Cent

2004 Albums
Encore, Eminem
The College Dropout, Kanye West
Kamikaze, Twista
Crunk Juice, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Straight Outta Cashville, Young Buck

2004 Singles
“Lean Back,” Terror Squad
“Slow Motion” Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim
“99 Problems,” Jay Z
“Tipsy,” J-Kwon
“Slow Jamz,” Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx

50 Cent

2005 Albums
Late Registration, Kanye West
Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, Young Jeezy
The Documentary, Game
Tha Carter II, Lil Wayne
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Soundtrack, 50 Cent

2005 Singles
“Still Tippin’,” Mike Jones featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall
“Stay Fly,” Three 6 Mafia featuring 8Ball & MJG and Young Buck
“Candy Shop,” 50 Cent featuring Olivia
“Gold Digger,” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
“I’m A Hustla,” Cassidy

2006 Albums
King, T.I.
Fishscale, Ghostface Killah
Doctor’s Advocate, Game
The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, Young Jeezy
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Snoop Dogg


2006 Singles
“Hustlin’,” Rick Ross
“It’s Goin’ Down,” Yung Joc featuring Nitti
“Snap Yo Fingers,” Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz featuring E-40 & Sean Paul
“What You Know,” T.I.
“It’s Okay (One Blood),” Game featuring Junior Reid

2007 Albums
Graduation, Kanye West
Below The Heavens, Blu & Exile
American Gangster, Jay Z
Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, Lupe Fiasco
T.I. Vs. T.I.P., T.I.

2007 Singles
“Can’t Tell Me Nothin,’” Kanye West
“Stronger,” Kanye West
“Shawty,” Plies featuring T-Pain
“This Is Why I’m Hot,” Mims
“Crank That,” Soulja Boy

Kanye West

2008 Albums
Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne
808s &Heartbreak, Kanye West
Paper Trail, T.I.
Trilla, Rick Ross
The Recession, Young Jeezy

2008 Singles
“Lollipop,” Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
“Swagga Like Us,” T.I. and Jay Z featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West
“Love Lockdown,” Kanye West
“Live Your Life,” T.I. featuring Rihanna
“A Milli,” Lil Wayne

2009 Albums
The Blueprint 3, Jay Z
Man On The Moon: The End Of Day, Kid Cudi
Deeper Than Rap, Rick Ross
Relapse, Eminem
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Part II, Raekwon

Jay Z

2009 Singles
“Empire State Of Mind,” Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys
“Best I Ever Had,” Drake
“Forever,” Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem
“Maybach Music 2,” Rick Ross featuring T-Pain, Kanye West and Lil Wayne
“Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars

2010 Albums
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Teflon Don, Rick Ross
Pilot Talk, Curren$y
Thank Me Later, Drake
Recovery, Eminem

2010 Singles
“Love The Way You Lie,” Eminem featuring Rihanna
“All Of The Lights,” Kanye West
“Monster,” Kanye West featuring Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver
“B.M.F.,” Rick Ross featuring Styles P
“No Hands,” Waka Flocka Flame featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale


2011 Albums
Take Care, Drake
Watch The Throne, Jay Z and Kanye West
Cole World: The Sideline Story, J. Cole
Section.80, Kendrick Lamar
Rolling Papers, Wiz Khalifa

2011 Singles
“Niggas In Paris,” Jay Z and Kanye West
“Ima Boss,” Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross
“Rack City,” Tyga
“I’m On One,” DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
“Black And Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa

2012 Albums
good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick Lamar
Life Is Good, Nas
R.A.P. Music, Killer Mike
Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, T.I.
Dreams And Nightmares, Meek Mill

2012 Singles
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
“Stay Schemin’,” Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana
“All Gold Everything,” Trinidad Jame$
“Mercy,” Kanye West featuring Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Pusha T
“Swimming Pools (Drank),” Kendrick Lamar

2013 Albums
Yeezus, Kanye West
Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Jay Z
The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem
My Name Is My Name, Pusha T
Nothing Was The Same, Drake

J. Cole

2013 Singles
“Type Of Way,” Rich Homie Quan
“Versace,” Migos
“Started From The Bottom,” Drake
“Control,” Big Sean featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica
“Power Trip,” J. Cole featuring Miguel ♠

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