Top 5 Post-2000 Hip Hop Albums


We’ll be honest, this list was much easier to compile than our Top 5 Pre-2000 Hip Hop Albums list because there are way fewer list-worthy Post-2000 albums! There have been many “very good” hip hop albums after the year 2000, but only a few “classics.” The handful of bona fide modern hip hop classics are presented here for your enjoyment!

1) Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030

Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
  • Rap opera concept album set in a dystopian year 3030
  • Abstract, dictionary-busting lyricism
  • Wildly imaginative and unabashedly geeky
  • Cameos from Prince Paul, Damon Albarn, and Sean Lennon
  • Underground, intellectual hip hop classic

2) Madvillain - Madvillainy

Madvillain - Madvillainy
  • Highly anticipated collaboration between Madlib and MF Doom
  • Ranked #2 on Fact's 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time
  • Mix between obtuse beats & samples and some straight-up hip hop bumping
  • MF Doom's unpredictable lyrical style fits nicely within Madlib's unconventional beats
  • Aggregate score of 93/100 from Metacritic

3) Masta Ace - Disposable Arts

Masta Ace - Disposable Arts
  • Concept album follows a young Brooklyn man's release from prison, his return home, and his life at college
  • Broods with anger, cynicism, and satire
  • "Unfriendly Game" was used in the TV series The Wire
  • "Take A Walk" was used in the video game Saints Row
  • Tightly wrought thematically, musically, and lyrically

4) Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought

Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought
  • Rap duo featuring Talib Kweli and Hi Tek
  • Characterized by dynamic, high-tempo tracks and a neo soul sound
  • Features themes of revolutionary mentality, love, the state of hip hop, and modern African-American culture
  • Kweli offers his most poetic lyrics to date
  • One of hip hop's best-kept secrets

5) Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
  • Brooding mix of lyrically dense and sonically diverse tracks
  • Praised and noted for Ghostface’s obscure and creative lyrics
  • Guest appearances from Cappadonna, GZA, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, RZA, U-God
  • Gained strong reviews from critics despite its contrasting sound to previous Ghostface albums
  • The last of the classic Wu-Tang albums

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