The Best 2001 Hip Hop Songs

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Looking for the best 2001 hip hop songs? We’ve got you covered with our list of the top tunes from that year. From classics like Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On,” there’s something for everyone on this list. So crank up the volume and enjoy!

Best 2001 Hip Hop Songs

2001 was a great year for hip hop. There were a lot of great songs that came out that year. In this article, we will be discussing the best 2001 hip hop songs. We will be looking at a variety of factors to determine what the best songs were. These factors include sales, critical reception, and overall popularity.

Outkast- Ms. Jackson

“Ms. Jackson” is a song by American hip hop duo Outkast. It was released on October 3, 2000, as the second single from their fourth studio album, Stankonia. The song’s title refers to the mother of group member André 3000, whose relationship with her son had become strained due to his newfound fame. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Outkast’s second consecutive and overall number-one single. The single won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and was nominated for Record of the Year in 2002.

Nelly- Hot in Herre

“Hot in Herre” is a song by Nelly from his second studio album Nellyville (2002). The song features rapper Justin Timberlake and was produced by The Neptunes. It was released on May 20, 2002 as the lead single from the album. The song debuted at number fifty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of June 8, 2002. It spent seven weeks at number one, beginning on July 13, 2002, and fourteen weeks in the top ten. It was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold 3,447,000 copies in the United States as of July 2014.

The track sampling “If We Can’t Be Lovers” by Honey Cone who received 50% of the publishing royalties. In 2005 it won a Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance.”Hot in Herre” was ranked as the second-best selling single of 2002 in the US, behind only Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, with sales of 3,447,000 million copies that year.

Jay-Z- Izzo (H.O.V.A)

“Izzo (H.O.V.A)” is a song recorded by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released as the first single from his sixth studio album The Blueprint (2001). The song was produced by longtime collaborator Kanye West and contains a sample of the Jackson 5’s 1971 song “I Want You Back”. “Izzo (H.O.V.A)” peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jay-Z’s sixth top ten single and his eleventh overall.

The song’s title is derived from the nickname of late Cold Crush Brothers member Easy A.D., who used the name Izzo Hova in his rhymes; Hova being a shortening of Allah, which is Arabic for God.”

Ja Rule- Livin’ It Up

“Livin’ It Up” is a song performed by American rapper Ja Rule, featuring case and background vocals from American R&B singer Christina Milian. It was released on September 11, 2001, as the second single from Ja Rule’s third studio album Pain Is Love (2001). The song was written by Ja Rule and Lil’ Mo, and produced by Irv Gotti. “Livin’ It Up” peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Outside the United States, the song peaked within the top ten of the charts in Canada and New Zealand. A remix of the song features background vocals from Ashanti.

50 Cent- In Da Club

“In da Club” is a hip hop song performed by American rapper 50 Cent from his commercial debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003). The song was written by 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo of G-Unit, and produced by Dr. Dre. “In da Club” became50 Cent’s breakthrough single[1] It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming 50 Cent’s first number one single on that chart.[2] “In da Club” received acclaim from critics; many praised the song’s production.

Worst 2001 Hip Hop Songs

There were some amazing hip hop songs released in 2001. Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On”, and Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” are just a few that come to mind. On the other hand, there were also some terrible hip hop songs released in 2001. Ludacris’ “Rollout (My Business)”, Ja Rule’s “Livin’ It Up”, and P. Diddy’s “Bad Boy for Life” are some of the worst.

Ludacris- Rollout (My Business)

“Rollout (My Business)” is a song by American rapper Ludacris, released on October 30, 2001 as the lead single from his third album Word of Mouf. The song was produced by Timbaland and features a guest appearance from American R&B singer Mystikal. The song peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the US Hot Rap Songs chart.

The music video for “Rollout (My Business)” was directed by Hype Williams and features cameo appearances from D12, Ja Rule, Bow Wow, Missy Elliott, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit.

Nas- One Mic

Nas’s post-9/11 anthem “One Mic” is one of the most beautifully written songs in hip-hop history, but it was also released in the midst of one of the most tragic moments in American history. In the aftermath of the attacks, few people were in the mood for celebrating, and “One Mic” didn’t make much of an impact on the charts. But in retrospect, it’s one of the best songs of 2001 – a raw and emotional testimony to survival in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

Missy Elliott- Get Ur Freak On

“Get Ur Freak On” is a song by American recording artist Missy Elliott. It was written by Elliott, Tim Mosley and Nisan Stewart for her third studio album Miss E… So Addictive (2001), while production was handled by Mosley under his stage name Timbaland. The track was released as the album’s lead single in February 2001.Additional vocals are provided by newcomer Aaliyah on the intro and repeated refrain “Is it worth it, let me work it/ I put my thing down flip it and reverse it”.

Eminem- Stan

“Stan” is a song by American rapper Eminem featuring English singer Dido. It was released on December 9, 2000, as the third single from Eminem’s third album The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). The song samples Dido’s 1999 song “Thank You”.

The track also features a rap verse from American rapper-producer Elton John. The song was produced by Eminem and bassist Mark Batson. “Stan” peaked at number one in twelve countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. It became Eminem’s second single to reach number one in the UK, following “My Name Is”. In the United States, “Stan” was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold over three million copies since its release.

Dr. Dre- The Next Episode

“The Next Episode” is a single by American rapper Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. It is the third single from Dre’s second studio album, 2001. The Next Episode peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 8 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, and number 36 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In 2010, it was named the 10th best rap song of all time by VH1.

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