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Best Hip Hop Artists Of The Decade

Updated on February 27, 2010


There has been an explosion of new rap and hip hop artists over the past ten years. This list contains the top ten most popular artists of the decade.

The number one rapper of the decade is Lil Wayne. Lil wayne has made over 48 albums and his songs have been on the Hot 100 billboard charts countless times. He has also done many collaborations with some of the worlds top artists. Lil wayne is considered, by many, to be the best rapper alive.

Number two on the top 10 list would be the artist of the early 2000's would be Jay-Z. Jay-Z has been in the rap game for a long time. This 40 year old New Yorker currently has the #1 chart position with his song "Empire State Of Mind" featuring Alicia Keys.

The number three artist of the decade is Eminem. This white rapper from the streets of Detroit was considered to be very controversial by many critics. Eminem was discovered by Dr.Dre and his first album Slim Shady LP was awarded the 2000 grammy award for best rap album. His song "My Name Is" was nominated for best rap solo performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Number four on the list of rap and hip hop artists is 50 cent. 50 cent rose to fame after being shot nine times in the city of Queens, New York . This rapper is one of the most popular artists of the decade. He is not only a rapper but an entrepreneur as well. He has his own clothing line and has starred in his hit movie, which was named after his first album, "Get Rich Or Die Tryin".

The fifth artist on the top 10 raps his way from Atlanta, Georgia. T.I. started his rapping career at age seven and was signed to Arista Records when he was just a teenager. In 2008 His album, "Paper Trail", went double platinum selling over 2,000,000 copies world wide. T.I. has also played roles in the movies like "ATL" and "American Gangster". T.I. is also known to many as "The King Of The South".

The number six rapper on our list is The Game. The Game was originally signed to Aftermath Entertainment, but soon left after a dispute with 50 cent. The Game's album LAX was debuted at number two on Billboard 200.
This rapper has also succeeded in fame by starring in movies such as "Street Kings" and "Waist Deep".

Rapper Young Jeezy is the number seven on the list. Young Jeezy is a member of the hip hop group USDA and a former member of Boyz N Da Hood. Young jeezy's first solo album Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 debuted at number two selling, 172,000 copies in its very first week.

Ludacris is the number eight. Ludacris is the highest-selling southern solo hip hop artist of all time averaging over 17 million units sold in the United States, and 24 million sold worldwide. He is also the co-founder of Disturbing The Peace label.

Number nine on the list is Gucci Mane. Gucci Mane is the CEO of So Icy Entertainment. He has written hit tracks like "Wasted" feat. Plies and "So Icy" feat. Young Jeezy.

Finally, the number ten artist of the decade is Soulja Boy Tell' Em, or simply Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy has been nominated for many awards such as hit song "Crank That Soulja Boy" in 2008 at the Grammy Awards. He was also nominated for best new artist at the 2007 BET awards.


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