2002 in hip hop music

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This article summarizes the events, album releases, and album release dates in hip hop music for the year 2002.

Released albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Label
January 8 Deepspace5 The Night We Called It a Day UpRok
January 29 The X-Ecutioners Built From Scratch
C-Bo Life as a Rider
February 24 Souljahz] The Fault Is History
March 12 N.E.R.D. [The Neptunes] In Search Of... [Second Version]
New Breed Stop the Music Uprok Records, EMI Christian Music Group
March 26 Eazy-E Impact of a Legend
April 30 Blackalicious Blazing Arrow
May 18 Noah23 Quicksand Plague Language[1]
May 28 Eminem The Eminem Show
June 11 Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
Spice 1 Spiceberg Slim
June 18 Wyclef Jean Masquerade
June 22 Baracuda72 Tetragammoth Plague Language[2]
June 25 Nelly Nellyville
July 23 Public Enemy Revolverlution
July 30 Richie Rich Nixon Pryor Roundtree
August 13 Slum Village Trinity (Past, Present and Future)
Luniz Silver & Black
August 20 DJ Jazzy Jeff The Magnificent
Tray Deee The General's List
August 27 Eve Eve-Olution
September 2 ESG Step Off
September 17 Mr. Lif I Phantom
September 24 Nas The Lost Tapes
October 1 Xzibit Man Vs Machine
October 8 Jurassic 5 Power In Numbers
October 15 LL Cool J 10
October 22 The Streets Original Pirate Material
Jay Tee High Caliber
October 29 8 Mile (Eminem) OST
Penny The Clockforth Movement Plague Language[3]
November 12 Jay-Z The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse
Missy Elliott Under Construction
November 19 Talib Kweli Quality
Ja Rule The Last Temptation
November 26 The Roots Phrenology
Snoop Dogg Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss
Busta Rhymes It Ain't Safe No More
December 10 Common Electric Circus
December 17 Nas God's Son
Lil' Romeo Game Time

Highest first-week sales[edit]

List of top ten albums with the highest first-week
Number Album Artist 1st-week sales 1st-week position
1 The Eminem Show Eminem 1,322,000 1
2 Nellyville Nelly 714,000 1
3 8 Mile OST Various Artists 702,000 1
4 The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse Jay-Z 545,000 1
5 Better Dayz 2Pac 366,000 5
6 Under Construction Missy Elliott 259,000 3
7 The Last Temptation Ja Rule 237,000 4
8 God's Son Nas 176,000 12
9 Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss Snoop Dogg 174,000 12
10 Man vs. Machine Xzibit 156,000 3

Highest critically reviewed albums (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Artist Album Average score Number of reviews Reference
1 The Streets Original Pirate Material 90 25 reviews [4]
2 The Roots Phrenology 87 23 reviews [5]
3 Missy Elliott Under Construction 81 19 reviews [6]
4 Nas God's Son 81 18 reviews [7]
5 Common Electric Circus 80 22 reviews [8]
6 Talib Kweli Quality 79 19 reviews [9]
7 Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers 76 20 reviews [10]
8 Eminem The Eminem Show 75 20 reviews [11]
9 Nelly Nellyville 70 15 reviews [12]
10 Public Enemy Revolverlution 65 17 reviews [13]

See also[edit]

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