The Best Hip Hop Music of 2001

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A look at the best hip hop music of 2001, including tracks from Jay-Z, OutKast, and Missy Elliott.

Best Overall Albums

The Best Overall Albums of 2001 were:
-The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem
-Stankonia by Outkast
-Love and Theft by Bob Dylan
-All That You Can’t Leave Behind by U2
-Kid A by Radiohead

Best Singles

The best hip hop singles of 2001 were “In Da Club” by 50 Cent, “Hot in Herre” by Nelly, “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott, and “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II” by Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy.

Best Music Videos

The best music videos of 2001 were creative, innovative, and stylish. They pushed the boundaries of what was possible with the medium and left audiences wanting more. Here are some of the best music videos of 2001.

-Eminem – “stan”
-Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
-Jay-Z – “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”
-Outkast – “Ms. Jackson”
-Nas – “Life’s a Bitch”
-Xzibit – “Paparazzi”
-Dr. Dre – “Still D.R.E.”
-Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”

Best Rap Albums

The Best Hip Hop Music of 2001 features some of the most creative and innovative music of the 21st century. These albums pushed the boundaries of what was possible in rap music, and they remain some of the most celebrated albums in the genre.

-The Blueprint by Jay-Z
-The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
-Donuts by J Dilla
-In Search Of… by N.E.R.D.
-Lovejoys by De La Soul

Best R&B Albums

The year 2001 in music saw the release of many significant and noteworthy albums. This is a list of some of the best hip hop albums that were released in 2001.

-Outkast – Stankonia
-Jay-Z – The Blueprint
-Nas – Stillmatic
-Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
-Missy Elliott – Miss E… So Addictive
-Xzibit – Man vs. Machine
-Pete Rock – Petestrumentals

Best Hip Hop Albums

The best hip hop albums of 2001 represent a time when the genre was truly exploding in popularity. It was a time when new artists were emerging and established artists were pushing the boundaries of what hip hop could be. From party anthems to thoughtful portraits of life in the city, these are the best hip hop albums of 2001.

-Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
-Jay-Z – The Blueprint
-Nas – Stillmatic
-Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
-Missy Elliott – Miss E… So Addictive

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