The Best Hip Hop Hits of 2003

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A look back at some of the best hip hop hits of 2003.

The top hip hop hits of 2003

In 2003, the top hip hop hits were all about having fun, living life to the fullest, and celebrating good times. From 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” to Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” these songs reflected the carefree spirit of the early 2000s. Here are some of the biggest hip hop hits of 2003.

50 Cent – “In Da Club”
Missy Elliott – “Work It”
Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
Jay-Z – “Crazy in Love”
50 Cent – “P.I.M.P.”
Beyoncé – “Crazy in Love”
Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
Nelly – “Hot in Herre”

The best of 2003

Hip-hop in 2003 was marked by the renewed popularity of remixes. Popular songs were often reworked by other artists, giving them new life on the radio and in clubs. Artists also paid tribute to hip-hop’s older stars, with several hits sampling or interpolating songs from the golden age of rap.

Some of the year’s biggest hits were remixes, including 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” (originally released in 2002), Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” (a rework of Mr. Vegas’ “Hot It Up”), and Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” (which incorporated a sample of Chi-Lites’ ‘Are You My Woman?’). Other artists had success with more traditional hip-hop fare, including LL Cool J (whose “Headsprung” was one of the year’s biggest club tracks) and Busta Rhymes (whose “Make It Clap” was a Top 40 hit).

In 2003, G-Unit released their debut album Beg For Mercy, which would go on to sell over four million copies. The album featured the hit single “In Da Club,” which spent nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Outkast continued their ascent to superstardom with the release of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, an album that would win six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. And Jay-Z released The Black Album, an introspective look at his life and career that would go on to be certified three times platinum.

2003’s best hip hop hits

In 2003, the Hip Hop world was booming with hits. From Jay-Z to 50 Cent, Missy Elliott to Outkast, Ludacris to Eminem, the list of great songs is endless. It’s hard to narrow down the best of the best, but we’ve done our best to create a definitive list of 2003’s hip hop hits.

“In Da Club” by 50 Cent
“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay-Z
“Shake Ya Tailfeather” by Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
“Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly
“Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell & Charlie Wilson
“Dirt Off Your Shoulder” by Jay-Z
“Get Low” by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins
“’03 Bonnie & Clyde” by Jay-Z ft. Beyonce
‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly
‘Stand Up’ by Ludacris ft. Shawnna

The best hip hop of 2003

Hip hop music first gained mainstream popularity in the 1980s with artists like Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that it really took off as a commercial force. The 1990s saw the rise of gangsta rap with groups like N.W.A., as well as the advent of alternative hip hop with artists like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.

By the early 2000s, hip hop was firmly entrenched in the American mainstream, with chart-topping artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, and Outkast. In 2003, these three artists released some of the best hip hop hits of the decade.

“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z
“In Da Club” by 50 Cent
“Get Low” by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins
“Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly
“Move Bitch” by Ludacris featuring Mystikal & I-20
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem

The best of hip hop in 2003

While some might say that 1993 was the best year for hip hop, we have to disagree – 2003 trumps it. Here are some of the tracks that made 2003 the greatest year in hip hop history.

The top hip hop songs of 2003

The early 2000s were a golden age for hip hop. At the top of the millennium, the genre was dominated by superstars like Eminem, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent. But by 2003, the scene had opened up to include a more diverse range of artists and styles. From club bangers to political anthems, these are the best hip hop hits of 2003.

The best hip hop tracks of 2003

In 2003, the hip hop world was booming. There were many fantastic tracks that were released that year, and it was hard to choose just a few. Here are our picks for the best hip hop tracks of 2003.

The best hip hop albums of 2003

With the release of 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” and Jay-Z’s “The Black Album,” 2003 was a banner year for hip hop. Here are our picks for the best hip hop albums of that year.

1. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’
2. Jay-Z – The Black Album
3. Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
4. Kanye West – The College Dropout
5. Mystikal – Tarantula
6. Missy Elliott – This Is Not a Test!
7. Busta Rhymes – It Ain’t Safe No More…
8. Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
9. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
10. The Roots –Phrenology

The greatest hip hop hits of 2003

It would be hard to overestimate the role that hip hop played in popular culture in 2003. The genre was everywhere, with top 40 radio dominated by the likes of 50 Cent, Ludacris, and Missy Elliott. Even pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera were getting in on the action, incorporating elements of hip hop into their own music.

Here are some of the greatest hip hop hits of 2003:

50 Cent – “In Da Club”
Ludacris – “Stand Up”
Missy Elliott – “Work It”
Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
Jay-Z – “Crazy in Love” (feat. Beyonce)
Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
Snoop Dogg – “Beautiful” (feat. Pharrell)

In 2003, the most popular hip hop songs were “In Da Club” by 50 Cent, “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z, “Get Low” by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins, “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II” by Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy and Pharrell, and “Where Is the Love?” by Black Eyed Peas. These songs were all huge hits, and they are still popular today. If you’re a fan of hip hop, then you’ll definitely enjoy these songs.

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