30 Notable Rap Albums Turning 10 This Year

By 01.15.14

30 Albums 10 Blue

Taken at face value, ten years is a very long time. It’s such a vast period that it requires its own unit of measurement (“decades”). But 2004 doesn’t seem that long ago, even if this year required we start referring to it as “a decade ago.” That year was, after all, in the hyper-connected Aughts, when the Internet began to bring us everything whenever we wanted.

Then it stands that the Hip-Hop entries from 2004 serve as some sort of Rorschach Test for whether someone believes 2004 feels like last week or a past millennia. There were Southern classics and the debut from the dying throes of New York’s last great generation of emcees. And don’t forget that two Windy City rappers dropped what might be their best works to date, with one’s album setting rap’s course for that following decade.

One thing’s for certain: there were 30 of these albums, all of them notable, all of them you can see in the following slides. Some have aged well and some haven’t, but they’re all ten years old now. Weep with nostalgia or keep it moving.

Twista Kamikaze

Artist: Twista
Album: Kamikaze
Release date: January 27, 2004
Singles: “Slow Jamz,” “Overnight Celebrity,” “So Sexy,” “Sunshine,” “So Sexy: Chapter II (Like This),” “Hope”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 312,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Kanye West College Dropout

Artist: Kanye West
Album: College Dropout
Release date: February 10, 2004
Singles: “Through the Wire,” “Slow Jamz,” “All Falls Down,” “Jesus Walks,” “The New Workout Plan”
Billboard 200 Debut: #2 441,000
Accolades: 2004 Grammys – Best Rap Album
RIAA Certification: 2x Platinum

Royce Da 59 Death Is Certain

Artist: Royce da 5’9″
Album: Death Is Certain
Release date: February 24, 2004
Singles: “Hip Hop,” “Death Is Certain Pt. 2 (It Hurts)”
Billboard 200 Debut: #161
RIAA Certification: N/A

Madvillain Madvillainy

Artist: Madvillain
Album: Madvillainy
Release date: March 23, 2004
Singles: N/A
Billboard 200 Debut: 179
RIAA Certification: N/A

dead prez Revolutionary But Gangsta

Artist: dead prez
Album: Revolutionary But Gangsta
Release date: March 30, 2004
Singles: “Hell Yeah (Pimp the System)”
Billboard 200 Debut: #144 21,000
RIAA Certification: N/A

Lil Flip U Gotta Feel Me

Artist: Lil Flip
Album: U Gotta Feel Me
Release date: March 30, 2004
Singles: “Game Over (Flip),” “Sunshine”
Billboard 200 Debut: #4 198,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Ghostface The Pretty Toney Album

Artist: Ghostface
Album: The Pretty Toney Album
Release date: April 20, 2004
Singles: “Tush”
Billboard 200 Debut: #6 219,000
RIAA Certification: N/A

D12 D12 World

Artist: D12
Album: D12 World
Release date: April 27, 2004
Singles: “My Band,” “How Come”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 544,000
RIAA Certification: 2x Platinum

8ball and MJG Living Legends

Artist: 8Ball & MJG
Album: Living Legends
Release date: May 11, 2004
Singles: “You Don’t Want Drama”
Billboard 200 Debut: #3 121,000
RIAA Certification: Gold

Jadakiss Kiss of Death

Artist: Jadakiss
Album: Kiss Of Death
Release date: June 22, 2004
Singles: “Time’s Up,” “Why?,” “U Make Me Wanna”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 246,000
RIAA Certification: Gold

Lloyd Banks The Hunger For More

Artist: Lloyd Banks
Album: The Hunger For More
Release date: June 29, 2004
Singles: “On Fire,” “I’m So Fly,” “Karma”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 433,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Lil Wayne Tha Carter

Artist: Lil Wayne
Album: Tha Carter
Release date: June 29, 2004
Singles: “Bring It Back,” “Go D.J.,” “Earthquake”
Billboard 200 Debut: #5 116,000
RIAA Certification: Gold

The Roots The Tipping Point

Artist: The Roots
Album: The Tipping Point
Release date: July 13, 2004
Singles: “Don’t Say Nuthin”
Billboard 200 Debut: #4 109,000
RIAA Certification: N/A

Mobb Deep Amerikaz Nightmare

Artist: Mobb Deep
Album: Amerikaz Nightmare
Release date: August 10, 2004
Singles: “Got It Twisted,” “Real Gangstaz,” “Throw Your Hands (In the Air),” “Win or Lose”
Billboard 200 Debut: #4 109,000
RIAA Certification: N/A

The Foreign Exchange Connected

Artist: The Foreign Exchange
Album: Connected
Release date: August 24, 2004
Singles: “Sincere”
Billboard 200 Debut: N/A
RIAA Certification: N/A

Young Buck Straight Outta Cashville

Artist: Young Buck
Album: Straight Outta Cashville
Release date: August 24, 2004
Singles: “Let Me In,” “Shorty Wanna Ride,” “Stomp”
Billboard 200 Debut: #3 261,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Nelly Sweat

Artist: Nelly
Album: Sweat
Release date: September 14, 2004
Singles: “Flap Your Wings,” “Tilt Ya Head Back,” “Na-NaNa-Na”
Billboard 200 Debut: #2 342,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Nelly Suit

Artist: Nelly
Album: Suit
Release date: September 14, 2004
Singles: “My Place,” “Over and Over,” “‘N’ Dey Say”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 396,000
RIAA Certification: 3x Platinum

De La Soul The Grind Date

Artist: De La Soul
Album: The Grind Date
Release date: October 5, 2004
Singles: “Shoomp/Much More,” “Shopping Bags (She Got From You)”
Billboard 200 Debut: #87
RIAA Certification: N/A

Mos Def The New Danger

Artist: Mos Def
Album: The New Danger
Release date: October 19, 2004
Singles: “Sex, Love & Money”
Billboard 200 Debut: #5 90,664
RIAA Certification: N/A

Jay Z R Kelly Unfinished Business

Artist: Jay-Z & R. Kelly
Album: Unfinished Business
Release date: October 26, 2004
Singles: “Big Chips,” “Don’t Let Me Die”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 215,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Eminem Encore

Artist: Eminem
Album: Encore
Release date: November 12, 2004
Singles: “Just Lose It,” “Encore,” “Like Toy Soldiers,” “Mockingbird,” “Ass Like That”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 710,000
Accolades: 2004 Grammys – Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Encore”, Best Rap Solo Performance for “Mockingbird”
RIAA Certification: 4x Platinum

Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz Crunk Juice

Artist: Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz
Album: Crunk Juice
Release date: November 16, 2004
Singles: “What U Gon’ Do,” “Real Nigga Roll Call,” “Lovers & Friends”
Billboard 200 Debut: #3 363,000
RIAA Certification: 2x Platinum

Snoop Dogg Rhythm and Gangsta the masterpiece

Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
Release date: November 16, 2004
Singles: “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Let’s Get Blown,” “Signs,” “Ups & Downs”
Billboard 200 Debut: #6 225,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Jay Z Linkin Park Collision Course

Artist: Jay Z and Linkin Park
Album: Collision Course
Release date: November 30, 2004
Singles: “Numb/Encore”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 368,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Nas Streets Disciple

Artist: Nas
Album: Street’s Disciple
Release date: November 30, 2004
Singles: “Thief’s Theme,” “Bridging the Gap,” “Just a Moment”
Billboard 200 Debut: #5 232,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

T.I. Urban Legend

Artist: T.I.
Album: Urban Legend
Release date: November 30, 2004
Singles: “Bring Em,” “U Don’t Know,” “ASAP”
Billboard 200 Debut: #7 193,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

Camron Purple Haze

Artist: Cam’ron
Album: Purple Haze
Release date: December 7, 2004
Singles: “Down and Out”
Billboard 200 Debut: #20 123,000
RIAA Certification: Gold

Ludacris The Red Light District

Artist: Ludacris
Album: The Red Light District
Release date:December 7, 2004
Singles: “Get Back,” “Number One Spot,” “The Potion,” “Pimpin’ All Over the World”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 322,000
RIAA Certification: 2x Platinum

2pac Loyal To The Game

Artist: 2Pac
Album: Loyal To The Game
Release date: December 14, 2004
Singles: “Thugs Get Lonely Too,” “Ghetto Gospel”
Billboard 200 Debut: #1 330,000
RIAA Certification: Platinum

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