One of the most popular hip hop websites HipHopDX lists the four kings of Hip Hop from 2000 – 2004 and we think it’s quite a fair list and it goes like this:
Album(s): The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore
Sales: 20X Platinum between these albums
After beginning his ascent in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP, Eminem capitalized on his buzz by finishing up an all-time great three-album run with The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000 and The Eminem Show in 2002. Both of those albums would be number one in the country and go on to multiple platinum certifications. His next release in 2004, Encore, would also be number one on the charts but came with mixed reviews as it failed to have the edge, intricacy of rhyming cadence and dark thematic of the releases that had made Marshall Mathers a cultural phenomenon. Encore turned out to be a turning point as this era would be the last time that we would see peak level Eminem.
Album(s): Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Sales: 6X Platinum
This placement is easily described in five words and one apostrophe: Get Rich or Die Tryin’. The last defining album by a New York emcee was the biggest thing from Jamaica, Queens to Compton, California when it was released in 2003. The masterpiece with double-digit hit tracks is among the greatest debuts in the history of the musical form. 50 would go on to release another solid work in The Massacre, but it would be downhill from there, which makes sense when considering just how monumental his debut was. It is a testament to that classic album that it alone is enough to put 50 Cent on this list. Despite that being enough, 50 did so much more in those years with his G-Unit cohorts on the two-time platinum Beg For Mercy and being, arguably, the bonafide creator of the modern mixtape with G-Unit’s 50 is the Future.
Check the full list of Mount Rushmore Pt. 2: The Four Kings Of Hip Hop From 2000 – 2004 on HipHopDX here
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