The Best Hip Hop Music Videos of the 2000s

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A look at the best hip hop music videos of the 2000s. From Missy Elliot to Nelly, these are the videos that defined the decade.

Best Hip Hop Videos of the 2000s

The 2000s were a great decade for hip hop music. There were so many great artists and groups making music. And the music videos were just as good as the music. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best hip hop music videos of the 2000s.

Missy Elliott – Work It

While many of Missy Elliott’s videos are amazing, “Work It” is arguably her best. The video features Missy as a teacher in a strange school where the students have to, you guessed it, work it. The dancing in the video is amazing, as are the visuals. If you’re a fan of hip hop, or just great music videos, “Work It” is a must-watch.

Outkast – Hey Ya!

Released in 2003, “Hey Ya!” is a single by Outkast from their fifth studio album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The song was written and produced by group member AndrĂ© 3000 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Outkast’s fourth consecutive chart-topper from the double album. The music video won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

Jay-Z – 99 Problems

Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” was one of the best hip hop videos of the 2000s. The video was directed by Mark Romanek and released in 2003. It features cameos from Ice-T, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, and Cee-Lo Green. The video tells the story of Jay-Z’s life in the projects and how he made it out.

Best Hip Hop Videos of the 2010s

In the 2010s, the hip hop genre continued to evolve. Hip hop artists began to experiment with new sounds and styles, and the music videos became more creative and innovative. Here are some of the best hip hop music videos of the 2010s.

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

The music video for Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” was released on March 30, 2017, and was directed by the Dave Meyers and the little homies. The video features Lamar in a number of settings, including a beauty salon, a driveway, and an empty basketball court. In the beginning of the video, Lamar is seen rapping in front of a group of women getting their hair done. The women in the video represent different stages in life, from young girls to Lamar’s own mother. The video then cuts to Lamar rapping in front of a car, which is symbolic of the fast-paced life that he often references in his music. The final scene shows Lamar alone on an empty basketball court, surrounded by flames. This scene is symbolic of the struggles that Lamar has faced in his life, and how he has overcome them to become one of the most successful rappers in the world.

Childish Gambino – This Is America

In May of 2018, Childish Gambino released the viral and controversial music video for “This Is America.” The video is a commentary on gun violence, racism, and other social issues in the United States. It was directed by Hiro Murai and won four MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year.

Cardi B – Bodak Yellow

It’s no secret that Cardi B rose to fame in large part because of her exuberant and unapologetic personality. That same personality is on full display in the music video for her breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow.” The video, which was released in 2017, features Cardi B wearing a series of outrageous outfits as she flaunts her wealth and status. It’s a fun and entertaining video that perfectly captures Cardi B’s unique appeal.

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