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Rappers like Kool Savas, Eko Fresh, Sido, and Bushido dissed each other non-stop and thus provided fans with a constant source of conversation. The Germanrap was criticized for a long time, leading to some songs being indexed by the Federal Review Board

Below we have compiled over 100 rap songs that shaped the 2000s. Listen to the essential songs of the new millennium’s first decade

(At the end of the article, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)
== The greatest 2000s rap songs: ==
 1. Kool Savas – “The Verdict” (2005) 
Whether Eko Fresh knew what he was doing? In the spring of 2005, the rapper decided without further ado to declare musical war on half the German rap landscape in the course of his songAbrechnung” (“The Reckoning His former mentor and companion, Savaş Yurderi a.k.a. “Kool Savas,” had to take special side blows here,” who of course didn’t take his former protégé’s scolding in stride

Impressively, the Aachen-born Adele managed to take the edge off his adversary by rehashing the two artists’ shared musical and private past, immortalizing Eko’s devious, opportunistic face in lines that are still often quoted today. “Das Urteil” is not only one of the best rap songs of the 2000s but at the same time a milestone of the entire German rap history

 2. Eminem feat. Dido – “Stan” (2000) 
“Stan” tells the story of a passionate fan whoseveral letters to his idolized idol Eminem but is let down by his hero’s failure to pay attention to him. This circumstance drives the protagonist Stan with his writings, further into madness and finally into suicide. The rapper’s answer followed, but unfortunately, it was already too late by then. Together with Dido, who contributed to the chorus, Eminem created a work of art that drastically held up a mirror to a fan base that thought they owned the artist

In Germany alone, the unhealthy pen pal inspired more than half a million buyers and was accordingly ennobled with platinum

 3. OutKast – “B.O.B” (2000) 
“BOB,” which stands for “Bombs Over Baghdad,” is also the album’s title released on 19. September 2000 released rap songs by the American hip-hop duo OutKast. The track could just as well be read out as a musical indictment and deals with explosive topics such as the Gulf War, global warming, and the political conditions of the time. “BOB” stands out from other songs in the genre with its gospel interludes and fast beats and has been voted one of the best songs of all time by countless trade publications. The trade press is known never to be wrong was not yet reflected in the sales figures in 2000

OutKast had to settle forchart positions at best

 4. Nelly – “Hot In Herre” (2002) 
Hot, Hotter, “Hot In Herre”. Nelly created in the early 2000s an iconic Party hit, which simultaneously embodies a eulogy of frivolity andexuberance

As simple as the message (“Undress is, the vibe, melody, and music video of the damp-happy excess are still memorable today. The track of the cobbled US American received the Grammy in 2003 in the category “Best male solo performance,” stormed in the United States to the first place of the sales lists, and even today is considered a timeless Summer hit

 5. Kid Cudi – “Pursuit Of Happiness” (2009) 
“The pursuit of happiness” is known to be part of the American dream and even enshrined in the national constitution there. In 2009 Kid Cudi made use of his right in a musical way and took us, listeners, on a journey of the good mood. Also, the music video, which provides numerous slow-motion shots for mood, does its part to perfectly visualize the mood created by sound

Since the song undoubtedly makes you want to party, it was of course also included in the soundtrack of the 2012 party excess flick “Project X” represented. The rapper was apparently particularly popular in France, where he jumped with his track to first place on the hit list

 6. Sido – “My Block” (2004) 
“What is a Sido This question must have occupied many a mainstream music fan in the spring of 2004 when he first saw the name of the Berlin rapper flickering across his tube TV at home because there was once a time when the current celebrity was still a blank sheet. “Mein Block” opened the eyes of theand described in detail how the artist organizes his everyday life and what role his, let’s say colorful, environment plays in it

The track was not only provocative, relentless, and humorously honest, but also a commercial success. The debut single of the masked musician shot out of nowhere to number 13 in the German charts. The rest is history

 7. Eminem – “Lose Yourself” (2002) 
“Lose Yourself” is not only one of the best rap songs of the 2000s but also one of the most commercially successful tracks of the genre ever. As part of the soundtrack to “8 Mile”(2002), the hit even won an Oscar in the category “Best Song” and is also the first rap number that achieved this feat. The song with autobiographical influences from the artist’s past went worldwide well over 14 million times over the counter, more than 10 million times of it alone in the USA

 8. Drake – “Best I Ever Had” (2009) 
Drake, you can be so romantic! “Best I Ever Had” is a single, almost outrageously schmaltzy declaration of love from the Canadian rapper to his beloved. Here, the artist pays homage to his beloved, believing her to be the fulfillment of his wildest dreams. In theversion, of course, under generous use of the F-word

In the music video, the artist then shows us his sporty-tactical side and appears as the coach of an extremely attractive women’s basketball team. The number went to second place in the “Billboard Hot 100” and was honored with 4-fold platinum

 9. Prinz Pi – “Gib dem Affen Zucker” (2008) 
In a time long before weltschmerz and deep hipsterism, Berlin’s Friedrich Kautz, better known to the masses under his pseudonym “Prinz Pi,” delighted his listeners with numbers like “Gib dem Affen Zucker Still utterly free of subtext and annoying, well-founded content, the slogan was: Steep forward! And that’s exactly what “Gib dem Affen Zucker” sounds like too

While the lyrically, poetically inclined listener might dismiss the track as “Klamauk,” we put on our neon yellow baseball cap and fidget one last time

 10. Bushido feat. Baba Saad – “Never a Rapper” (2005) 
One thing Bushido and Baba Saad made clear to us in 2005: they were not rappers, but merely street boys rapping. And there’s a huge difference in between

The artists describe the rocky road they had to walk in a problematic social hotspot to reach musical success. In doing so, they distanced themselves from valid rap clichés just as they did from completed courses of study. The only “CCN II” single was rewarded with the 24

Place of our national charts

 11. Lil Wayne – “Lollipop” (2008) 
Everybody likes sweets! This is also true for the rapping sweet tooth named Lil Wayne, who is noble magnanimity offered his own Lollipop to a lucky chosen one for licking. All Performerations of the track, which go in a more erotic direction, are of course far from us

And even if the Performeration of the lyrics may be carried out individually, one thing is indisputable: “Lollipop” is still the most successful single of the US-American artist, was refined five times with platinum and sold more than five million copies in the USA alone

 12. M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” (2007) 
“Paper Planes” is one of those musical wolves in sheep’s clothing. While the listener unfamiliar with English enjoys the invigorating beat and catchy melody, others initially scratch their heads. Because talks MIA in their track of nothing but they’re Longing, robbing innocent citizens and neatly shooting through the air

The artist, who has roots in Sri Lanka, is deliberately playing with prevailing clichés and taking the general social criminalization of immigrants in the USA to extremes. Especially in Canada and the United States, “Paper Planes” was well received and found itself in the top 10 of the charts

 13. B-Tight – “Der Neger” (2002) 
Similar to M.I.A., B-Tight also proceeded in 2002. In his track “Der Neger,” the Berlin native and good friend of Sido reports on his autobiographical experiences and humorously plays with thepopulation’s prejudices. The number is bursting with stereotypes, once you don’t know how to approach Drugs If you want to know where your girlfriend is or who is to blame for everything, your first contact person should be the guy with slightly darker skin color

The song was part of B-Tight’s EP “Der Neger (in mir)” (2002), which was to miss a chart placement

 14. Sido – “Mama is proud” (2005) 
Especially at the beginning of his career, Sido transported the image of a rebel to the outside world, to whom the opinion of all other people was completely indifferent. With one significant exception: your mother

The Berlin rapper talks at length about how his wife, Mama, was the only one who ever understood and believed in him anyway. Motherly love wrapped in sound reached 25 in this country. Place on the charts

 15. Eko Fresh – “King of Germany” (2003) 
About two years before the beef with Savas, the world was still fine for Eko Fresh. The track, which describes the vivid visions of the rapper’s future, should prepare us subjects for the imminent arrival of a new king of our federal republic. The single was released in July 2003 and, although it didn’t take the throne, it did manage to reach 15

Climbing the German charts

== The places 16-106 of the best 2000s rap songs ==
Each song is linked via the title with the corresponding music video

|PlaceListenArtist:|
|16Overnight Celebrity||Twista|
|17I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 MeJay-Z|
|18Westside Story||Game|
|19Drop It Like It’s Hot||Snoop Dogg|
|20A Milli||Lil Wayne|
|21Ignition (RemixR. Kelly|
|22Why We Thugs||Ice Cube|
|23Cleanin Out My Closet||Eminem|
|24The Light||Common|
|25Takeover||Jay-Z|
|26Through The Wire||Kanye West|
|27Ride Wit Me||Nelly|
|28Ms. Jackson||OutKast|
|29Quiet Dog Bite Hard||Mos Def|
|30Soul Survivor||Young Jeezy|
|31Hip-Hop||Dead Prez|
|32Gravel Pit||Wu-Tang Clan|
|33Can’t Tell Me Nothing||Kanye West|
|34Royal Flush||Big Boi|
|35.It or Love It||The Game|
|36Mr. Carter||Lil Wayne|
|37Dance With The Devil||Immortal Technique|
|38Shakey Dog||Ghostface Killah|
|39So Fresh, So Cold||OutKast|
|40Int’l Player’s Anthem||UGK|
|41One Mic||Nas|
|42Hey Ya||OutKast|
|43In Da Club||50 Cent|
|44Jesus Walks||Kanye West|
|45Get UrOn||Missy Elliot|
|46.The Creator|
|47Get By||Talib Kweli|
|48Gold Digger||Kanye West|
|4999 Problems||Jay Z|
|50Exhibit C||Jay Electronica|
|51Lose Control||Missy Elliot|
|52The Way I Am||Eminem|
|53Day ‘n’ Nite||Kid Cudi|
|54Ether||Nas|
|55Like Toy Soldiers||Eminem|
|56Forever||Drake|
|57Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger||Daft Punk|
|58Kick, Push||Lupe Fiasco|
|59Public Service Announcement (InterludeJay-Z|
|60Seven Nation Army||TheStripes|
|61Lights Please||J. Cole|
|62Many Men (Wish Death50 Cent|
|63GrindinClipse|
|64Ridin||Chamillionaire|
|65Boom||Royce da 5’9|
|66Dirt off your shoulder||Jay Z|
|67What You Know||T.I.|
|68Izzo (H.O.V.AJay Z|
|69Ante Up||M.O.P.|
|70Keep It Thoro||Prodigy|
|71Empire State Of Mind||Jay Z|
|72Touch the Sky||Kanye West|
|73Welcome To Jamrock||Damien Marley|
|74Big Brother||Kanye West|
|75Till I Collapse||Eminem|
|76Daylight||Aesop Rock|
|77Eternal Sunshine||Jay Electronica|
|78The Champ||Ghostface Killah|
|79Last Nite||The Strokes|
|80Here I Come||The Roots|
|81Rising Up||The Roots|
|82Day DreaminLupe Fiasco|
|83Fireman||Lil Wayne|
|84Stronger||Kanye West|
|85It’s Your World||Common|
|86Hip Hop Saved My Life||Lupe Fiasco|
|87Rubberband Man||T.I.|
|88Gone||Kanye West|
|89D.O.A||Jay Z|
|90Everyone Nose||N.E.R.D.|
|91Black President||Nas|
|92.America||Eminem|
|93Uncommon Valor||Jedi Mind Tricks|
|94Southern Hospitality||Ludacris|
|95That’s ThatDogg|
|96Fix Up, Look Sharp||Dizzee Rascal|
|97Diamonds (From Sierra LeoneKanye West|
|98What U Gon’ Do||Lil Jon|
|99Mic Check||Juelz Santana|
|100Stay Fly||Three 6 Mafia|
|101Hustlin||Rick Ross|
|102Purple||Nas|
|103On My Block||Scarface|
|104No regrets||Masta Ace|
|105Super Star||Lupe Fiasco|
|106Lean Back||Terror Squad|