2003 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 2003.






Released albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Label
January 21 Sole Selling Live Water Anticon
January 28 DMG Black Roulette Rap-a-Lot Records
January 31 Tede 3H: Hajs Hajs Hajs Wielkie Joł
February 6 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin' Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records
February 11 DJ Envy The Desert Storm Mixtape: Blok Party, Vol. 1 Desert Storm Records
February 18 Various Artists Cradle 2 the Grave (soundtrack) Bloodline Records, Def Jam Recordings
February 25 Freeway Philadelphia Freeway Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
The Majesticons Beauty Party
February 28 Mr. Dibbs The 30th Song Rhymesayers Entertainment
March 1 Messy Marv & Marvaless Bonnie and Clyde Frisco Street Show
March 4 Fabolous Street Dreams Desert Storm Records, Elektra Records
Lil' Kim La Bella Mafia Queen Bee Entertainment, Atlantic Records
Lil Wyte Doubt Me Now Hypnotize Minds
March 11 Beans Tomorrow Right Now Warp
Muggs Dust ANTI-
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper Polydor Records
March 18 Mr. Cheeks Back Again! Universal Records
March 25 The Diplomats Diplomatic Immunity Diplomat Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
April 8 Scarface Balls and My Word Rap-a-Lot Records
April 29 Bone Crusher AttenCHUN! So So Def Recordings, Arista Records
May 5 Vakill The Darkest Cloud Molemen Records
May 6 Prince Paul Politics Of The Business Razor & Tie
May 13 Fiend Can I Burn? 2 Fiend Entertainment
May 20 Akrobatik Balance Coup D'État
May 23 Diam's Brut de femme Hostile Records
May 26 Nephlim Modulation Systems Woe to Thee O Land Whose King Is a Child Big Dada, Ninja Tune[1]
June 3 Aceyalone Love & Hate Project Blowed, Decon
Gold Chains Young Miss America
Northern State Dying In Stereo
Orko the Sykotik Alien Atoms of Eden Plague Language[2]
June 17 PMD The Awakening Solid Records
Ugly Duckling Taste The Secret Emperor Norton Records, Rykodisc
June 24 Black Eyed Peas Elephunk A&M Records, will.i.am Music Group
Gang Starr The Ownerz Virgin Records, EMI
King Gordy The Entity Web Entertainment
Why? Oaklandazulasylum Anticon
July 8 Fannypack So Stylistic Tommy Boy Entertainment
Killah Priest Black August Recon Records
July 21 Dizzee Rascal Boy in da Corner XL Recordings
July 23 Pegz Capricorn Cat Obese Records
August 7 Slim Thug & Lil' Keke The Big Unit Rap-A-Lot Records
August 12 State Property The Chain Gang Vol. 2 Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
August 19 Juelz Santana From Me to U Diplomat Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
Mars Ill Backbreakanomics Gotee Records
Michael Franti & Spearhead Everyone Deserves Music Boo Boo Wax, iMusic
The Neptunes The Neptunes Present... Clones Star Trak Entertainment, Arista Records
Zane The Big Zane Theory Priority Records, Capitol Music Group
August 25 Hermitude Alleys to Valleys Elefant Traks, Inertia Distribution
August 26 Frayser Boy Gone on That Bay Hypnotize Minds
Nappy Roots Wooden Leather Atlantic Records
YoungBloodZ Drankin' Patnaz So So Def Recordings, Arista Records, Epic Records
September 2 Soul-Junk 1958 Sounds Are Active, Sounds Familyre
September 3 Lil Rob The Album Upstairs Records
September 8 Mark Ronson Here Comes the Fuzz Elektra Records
September 9 Danger Mouse & Jemini Ghetto Pop Life Lex Records
E-40 Breakin' News Sick Wid It, Jive Records
September 11 Pięć Dwa Dębiec P-ń VI UMC Records
September 16 Bubba Sparxxx Deliverance Beat Club, Interscope Records
Daara J Boomerang Wrasse Records
DMX Grand Champ Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Def Jam Recordings
September 22 Hilltop Hoods The Calling Obese Records
September 23 Aesop Rock Bazooka Tooth Definitive Jux
Atmosphere Seven's Travels Rhymesayers Entertainment, Epitaph Records
Obie Trice Cheers Shady Records, Interscope Records
Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below LaFace Records, Arista Records
September 29 So Solid Crew 2nd Verse Independiente Limited
October 7 J Dilla & Madlib Champion Sound Stones Throw Records
Ludacris Chicken & Beer Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam Recordings
Roc Raida Champion Sounds DMC Records
The RZA Birth Of A Prince Sanctuary Urban, BMG Records
Soul Position 8 Million Stories Fat Beats Records, Rhymesayers Entertainment
October 14 Noah23 Tau Ceti Plague Language[3]
October 21 Tragedy Khadafi Still Reportin'... Solid Records, 25 To Life Records
November 4 2Pac Tupac: Resurrection Amaru Entertainment
Fabolous More Street Dreams, Pt. 2: The Mixtape Desert Storm Records, Elektra Records
Ja Rule Blood In My Eye Murder Inc., Def Jam Recordings
Wyclef Jean The Preacher's Son
November 14 G-Unit Beg For Mercy
Jay-Z The Black Album
November 18 Cex Maryland Mansions
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf Big Shots Stones Throw Records
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2 Viper Records
November 25 Missy Elliott This Is Not a Test! The Goldmind Inc., Elektra Records
Lil' Keke Changin' Lanes Commission Music
December 5 O.S.T.R. Jazz W Wolnych Chwilach Asfalt Records[4]
December 7 B.U.G. Mafia Băieții Buni Casa Productions, Cat Music, Media Services, Sony Music
December 9 Big Tymers Big Money Heavyweight Cash Money Records
December 10 Pep Love Ascension Side C Hieroglyphics Imperium
December 23 Bravehearts Bravehearted Ill Will Records, Columbia Records

Highest-charting singles[edit]

Hip hop singles which charted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100
Title Artist Peak position
"In da Club" 50 Cent 1
"21 Questions" 50 Cent feat. Nate Dogg 1
"Shake Ya Tailfeather" Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee 1
"Hey Ya!" OutKast 1
"The Way You Move" OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown 1
"Stand Up" Ludacris feat. Shawnna 1
"Magic Stick" Lil' Kim feat. 50 Cent 2
"Right Thurr" Chingy 2
"One Call Away" Chingy feat. J-Weav 2
"P.I.M.P." 50 Cent feat. Snoop Dogg & G-Unit 3
"Holidae In" Chingy feat. Ludacris & Snoop Dogg 3
"Can't Let You Go" Fabolous feat. Lil' Mo & Mike Shorey 4
"Into You" Fabolous feat. Tamia or Ashanti 4
"Frontin'" Pharrell Williams feat. Jay-Z 5
"Dirt Off Your Shoulder" Jay-Z 5
"Splash Waterfalls" Ludacris feat. Sandy Coffee 6
"Where Is the Love?" The Black Eyed Peas feat. Justin Timberlake 8
"Roses" OutKast 9
"Change Clothes" Jay-Z feat. Pharrell Williams 10
"Wanksta" 50 Cent 13
"Stunt 101" G-Unit 13
"Wanna Get to Know You" G-Unit feat. Joe 15
"The Jump Off" Lil' Kim feat. Mr. Cheeks 16
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)" 2Pac feat. The Notorious B.I.G. 19
"Let's Get It Started" The Black Eyed Peas 21
"Hey Mama" The Black Eyed Peas feat. Tippa Irie 23
"Pass That Dutch" Missy Elliott 27
"99 Problems" Jay-Z 30

Highest first-week sales[edit]

List of top ten albums released in 2004, according to first-week home market sales
Number Album Artist 1st-week sales 1st-week position
1 Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent 872,000 1
2 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below OutKast 510,000 1
3 The Black Album Jay-Z 463,000 1
4 Tupac: Resurrection 2Pac 430,000 2
5 Chicken-n-Beer Ludacris 429,000 1
6 Beg for Mercy G-Unit 377,000 3
7 Bad Boys II Various Artists 324,000 1
8 Grand Champ DMX 312,000 1
9 The Neptunes Present... Clones The Neptunes 249,000 1
10 Cheers (album) Obie Trice 226,000 5

Highest critically reviewed albums (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Artist Album Average score Number of reviews Reference
1 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 91 26 reviews [5]
2 Jay-Z The Black Album 84 19 reviews [6]
3 Bubba Sparxxx Deliverance 82 17 reviews [7]
4 Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper 80 19 reviews
5 Missy Elliott This Is Not a Test! 79 21 reviews
6 FannyPack So Stylistic 78 16 reviews
7 Northern State Dying in Stereo 77 17 reviews
8 Cex Maryland Mansions 75 15 reviews
9 Aesop Rock Bazooka Tooth 74 16 reviews
10 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin' 73 19 reviews

See also[edit]