The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001: The Best Album Songs

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The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 were held on August 29, 2001, at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. The awards recognized the best album songs of the year. Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” won the award for Best Album Song.

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 were held on August 29, 2001, at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. They recognized the besthip hop albums of 2000. The winners were announced during the awards show, which was hosted by Queen Latifah,Method Man and Redman. Outkast won the award for Best Album for their album Stankonia. Nelly won the award for Best Male Artist, whileMissy Elliott won Best Female Artist. Eminem won Best Live Performance, while Jay-Z and Dr. Dre won the honors for Lyricist of the Year and Producer of the Year, respectively.

The Best Album Songs

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards is an annual awards show that honors the best in hip-hop music. This year’s awards were given out on October 9, 2001, at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. The show was hosted by Lil’ Kim and included performances by Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, P. Diddy, and Jay-Z.

“In Da Club” – 50 Cent

“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, Dr. Dre, and Mike Elizondo. It was released as the album’s lead single on January 7, 2003, and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2003, becoming 50 Cent’s first number-one single on that chart. “In Da Club” received mixed reviews from critics; some praised it for its catchy hook and club-oriented production, while others criticized it for its simplistic lyrics.

“Lose Yourself” – Eminem

“Lose Yourself” is a song by American hip hop artist Eminem from the soundtrack to the 2002 motion picture 8 Mile. The lyrics were written by Eminem and produced by Eminem along with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto. “Lose Yourself” received acclaim from critics, with many critics praising the lyrics and Eminem’s rapping abilities, calling it one of Eminem’s best songs. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 80 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.

The song was released in October 2002 as the first single from the soundtrack. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, becoming Eminem’s first song to do so and also giving him his longest-running number one single. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, making it both the first rap song and first non-feature film song to receive this accolade. It was also nominated for Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, winning all five.

“Get Ur Freak On” – Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On” was one of the most defining songs of the early 2000s, and it was also one of the most inventive. The track, which was co-produced by Elliott and Timbaland, is a masterclass in how to create a great rap song by taking elements from other genres and making them your own.

The pounding drums and bass line are taken from classic rock song “Barracuda” by Heart, while the Kashmir-sampling string hook is lifted from Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” But it’s the way that Elliott and Timbaland put all of these elements together that makes the song so special.

The verses are filled with references to pop culture and sexual innuendo, while the chorus is an infectiously catchy call-and-response between Elliott and her background vocalists. It’s a perfect example of how to make a rap song that is both smart and fun.

“Hot in Herre” – Nelly

“Hot in Herre” is a song by American rapper Nelly from his second studio album Nellyville (2002). The song features additional vocals by former labelmate Dani Stevens. It was released on April 16, 2002, as the lead single from the album. The song was produced by The Neptunes and written by Nelly, pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Dani Stevens.

The music video for “Hot in Herre” was directed by Little X and features cameos from St. Lunatics as well as actor Michael Rappaport. The visual is stylized as a soap opera set inside a strip club. “Hot in Herre” won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held in February 2003.

“Pass the Courvoisier, Part II” – Busta Rhymes

“Pass the Courvoisier, Part II” is a song by Busta Rhymes and P. Diddy. It was released on May 14, 2002, as the second single from Busta’s fifth studio album, It Ain’t Safe No More. (2002). The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks, becoming Busta’s fourth and P. Diddy’s third number-one single. The accompanying music video was directed by Hype Williams and features cameo appearances bymodels Carolyn Murphy, Angela Lindvall, Rebecca Romijn, and Amber Valletta.

The song samples “Jump Around” by House of Pain.

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