15 of the Best Hip Hop/R&B Songs from the 2000s: Nostalgia Time!

In the 2000's, many believe Hip Hop, Rap, and/or R&B hit its peak- At least here in the United States of America.

For one, it wasn't predominately African-Americans listening to the genre anymore. Many Latinos were drawn to this type of music, and eventually, even Caucasians, and Asians began listening to rap music. It turned more into a generational divide more than anything. "Millennial" Whites began liking "Hip Hop" almost as much as their peers of other races, and White "Baby-Boomers", and "The Silent Generation" Whites despised this music for the most part. "Generation X" fell somewhere in between-With split views on this industry. This was a possible explanation for the emergence of what we call "rap" music!

However, I don't want this post to start a race war, or generation fight I want to trigger nostalgia to my fellow GAGers. Sure, most of us easily remember "Yeah" by Usher, "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce, or "Lose Yourself" by Eminem-These songs still come on the radio nearly every day.

So, what did I do? I decided to develop a list of somewhat popular, yet, know "super" popular Hip Hop/R&B songs from the 2000's. I put the title, artist(s), and date, with a brief explanation of the song. Enjoy this list! And may the nostalgia be ever-flowing in your head!

1. "Bombs Over Baghdad (B.O.B.)" by Outkast (Released in 2000)

Outkast released a controversial song about bombings in a middle-eastern Asian country just a year before a middle-eastern Asian country bombs the United States......

2. "Handlebars" by The Flobots (Released in 2008)

The Flobots broke through with a unique blend of hip hop, and instruments-As well as a catchy tune about power in our society.

3. "In Da Wind" by Trick Daddy (Released in 2002)

You don't hear much about Trick Daddy anymore. He was known as one of the first rappers with gold teeth, and this song is still funny, and odd.

4. "Pump it Up" by Joe Budden (Released in 2001)

You probably remember this song. I know you know the title. You probably remember being at a school dance, and this song blaring. However, I doubt you remember who Joe Budden is.

5. "We Made You" by Eminem (Released in 2009)

This is the one Eminem song which flew under the radar. Who doesn't like a song which completely trash-talks half of Hollywood?

6. "Sorry 2004" by Ruben Studdard (Released in 2004)

This song reminds me of when we(my family) moved into our new house(Which I still live in), in June of 2004. I love how peaceful this song makes me!

7. "Tell Me When To Go" by E-40 (Released in 2006)

This is one of the most underrated hip hop songs in the 2000's. I remember jamming to this in my freshman year of high school.

8. "Stole" by Kelly Rowland (Released in 2003)

This is one sad song-The lyrics are touching, yet, so true. I can't think of another Kelly Rowland song I actually like-Except for this one.

9. "Gossip Folks" by Missy Elliot (Released in 2003)

Who doesn't like Missy Elliot? I remember dancing to this song with my friends back as a twelve year old. I miss those days :(

10. "Number One Spot" by Ludacris (Released in 2005)

Ludacris has the ability to persuade the most die-hard Rap "haters" into liking his music. This song not only drew those people, but parodied the movie Austin Powers: Goldmember.

11. "Happy" by Ashanti featuring Ja Rule (Released in 2002)

This was one of the many collaborations between Ashanti, and Ja Rule. This is one "chick song" I still love for whatever reason.

12. "Hip Hop is Dead" by Nas featuring Will.I.Am. (Released in 2006)

At the time Nas released this song, hip hop really wasn't dead. It was still alive, and well, although we had seen a slight decline. However, ten years later-It's quite dead. Thank for the forecast Nas.

13. "Never Scared" by Bone Crusher featuring Killer Mike, and T.I. (Released in 2004)

This is a song you would SCREAM about, and have no shame. Needless to say, Bone Crusher is also a "one-hit wonder."

14. "Pass the Courvoisier Part II" by Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy, and Pharrell (Released in 2002)

Hardly anyone knows the song "Pass the Couvoursier Part I." I also can't think of another song which refers to Courvoisier.

15. "Running: Dying to Live" by Tupac featuring Notorious B.I.G. (Released in 2003)

This song was recorded back in the 1990's, but nobody would have expected a "bootlegged" release in 2003, with the collaboration of two of the biggest rivals in hip hop history. Nobody knew these two collaborated-At all. And who WOULD expect that? That's why this release was so amazing. This song is epic on so many levels, and still hits me hard.

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  • Ah, man. #1 really gets you movin'.

  • All those are great. My ex boyfriend introduced me to most rap like Tupac, BTH and Busta Rhymes. He loved rap and always told me that the songs just made sense to him. So now when I hear rap I feel as most are telling a story.

    • Are you, and your ex-boyfriend in agreement about you being broke up?

      I ask because if you guys hate each other (still), you can at least say "Well, at least he showed me hip hop music."

      In 2002, my best friend at the time practically made me listen to rap music. I was stubborn for a long time, but I decided to give in. Ever since that time, I've loved the genre!

    • Yes we are no longer. This was in the 90's. I say introduced coz I didn't listen to rap/hip hop until we dated. Same. Ever since then, I really like it.

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