It is just us or has hip-hop traveled back in time? With recent headlines of OutKast reconnecting, G-Unit reuniting, and J. Lo performing with Ja Rule; it's almost as if hip-hop has reverted back to the early 2000s. As much more has also went down like Jay Z connecting with Dame Dash late last year and talk circulating of Dipset releasing a comeback LP; it's hard not to wonder if one can soon expect sounds from 10 years ago to rearise. Check out a gallery of all the events that allude to this theory and decide for yourself if hip-hop is back in the early 2000's.


In September of 2014, MTV announced a new reality show with Ja Rule. With Rule not at the top of the hip-hop empire as he once was, one would almost think we were back in the days of Pain Is Love.

G-Unit Reunion

In June 2014 at Hot 97's Summer Jam, G-Unit took hip-hop back to 2003's Beg For Mercy, shocking just about everyone with an unexpected reconciliation on stage. Performing an array of hits at the June 1st show, the hip-hop label managed to breathe life into their records which had been stagnant for nearly a decade. The unit followed up with a reunion show on June 8th in NYC and have since unveiled plans for a new album due out this November.


Serving up their first release in over 13 years, the LOX dropped The Trinity EP in late 2013. Since founding their label in 2003, the group was seemingly silent over the past decade prior to unveiling recent material. Crafting up songs like "Talk About It" and "New York City," it's evident that the trio has come back strong.


Picking up where they left off with 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast reunited for the first time in almost 10 years at Coachella 2014. With the performance kicking off the first of 40, OutKast brought back their unique chart topping sounds that hip-hop had been lacking for so long. Although plans of a reunion album have yet to be revealed, just about everyone is secretly hoping that an LP is the next trick up the duo's sleeve.

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At J. Lo's first ever hometown performance in the Bronx this summer, she reconnected with Ja Rule to perform a rendition of their classic collaborations "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny." Taking fans back to 2001, the performance certainly left a craving for fans wanting more from the duo.


In recent months, Dipset has admitted to hitting the studio together. Along with the group teasing a reunion album, Cam'ron also recently released "Dipsh*ts," a song boasting the group's newfound unity. The song succeeded in rebirthing that classic feeling evoking the sound of 2003's Diplomatic Immunity

Marshall Mathers LP 2

This year Eminem also returned with The Marshall Mathers LP 2, a continuation of 2000's Marshall Mathers LP. Connecting with icons such as Rick Rubin, Em managed to awaken a hip-hop sound that hadn't been heard in years. Entailing song like "Rap God" and "The Monster," the LP not only brought back classic Eminem but hip-hop in general.


In attempt to recreate their classic sound, in 2014, both DMX and Swizz Beatz have come forth unveiling plans to collaborate on X's new album. When news spread of the approaching project, it was inevitable not to hear 2003's "Get It On The Floor" playing in one's head.

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After returning in a grand fashion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album in 2013, this year along with the release of a one-of-a-kind album, Wu-Tang announced plans of a forthcoming LP. The latter album has yet to receive a release date however word has it that the group received offers as high as 5 millions dollars for the Once Upon a Time In Shaolin LP.


In late 2013, 5 of the orginal members of Three 6 Mafia came together to form the Da Mafia 6ix. Dropping songs like "Beacon N Blender," DJ Paul and the crew brought back sounds reminiscent of early Three 6 Mafia hits like 2003's "Ridin' Spinners."


Parting on rocky terms 10 years ago, Jay Z and Dame Dash seemingly reconciled in late 2013. Pictures surfaced of Dame and Jay partying together in NYC. However, with Dash's recent comments regarding Jay's brawl with Solange, it seems the peace didn't last long.


In June of 2014, Capone-N- Noreaga resigned with Penalty Entertainment. After parting with the label in the early 2000s, the boys recently decided that it was time to return home. “I’m excited to once more be apart of Penalty, a company I helped build in the late 90′s," said N.O.R.E of the transition. "Get ready for us to shake the game up this time around! Good Belt Gang is where my heart is at. I’m happy to be able to help birth the careers of some very dope and creative artists and I’m super hyped to be doing it along with Penalty.”

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Viacom TCA Presentation Ja Rule

Ja Rule and Ashanti are planning on going on a huge world tour. He recently spoke about hitting the road with his longtime collaborator. "Me and Ashanti are about to go on a big world tour... and we're putting together a music and film project with our whole Natural Born Killers tour and EP," he said. "It's kind-of like a Streets is Watching type of film. So yeah, we're doing something kind of cool and fun. It's been a long time in the making."