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
February 6 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
February 18 Various Artists Cradle 2 the Grave (soundtrack)
February 25 Freeway Philadelphia Freeway
The Majesticons Beauty Party
March 4 Fabolous Street Dreams
Lil' Kim La Bella Mafia
March 11 Beans Tomorrow Right Now
Muggs Dust
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper
March 18 Mr. Cheeks Back Again!
May 6 Prince Paul Politics Of The Business
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
Gold Chains Young Miss America
Northern State Dying In Stereo
Orko the Sykotik Alien Atoms of Eden Plague Language[2]
June 17 Ugly Duckling Taste The Secret
June 24 Black Eyed Peas Elephunk
Gang Starr The Ownerz
Why? Oaklandazulasylum
July 8 Fannypack So Stylistic
August 19 Michael Franti & Spearhead Everyone Deserves Music
The Neptunes The Neptunes Present... Clones
August 26 Nappy Roots Wooden Leather
September 16 DMX Grand Champ
Bubba Sparxxx Deliverance
September 23 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Obie Trice Cheers
Aesop Rock Bazooka Tooth
Atmosphere Seven's Travels
October 7 Ludacris Chicken & Beer
The RZA Birth Of A Prince
Soul Position 8 Million Stories
October 14 Noah23 Tau Ceti Plague Language[3]
November 4 2Pac Tupac: Resurrection
Ja Rule Blood In My Eye
Wyclef Jean The Preacher's Son
November 14 Jay-Z The Black Album
G-Unit Beg For Mercy
November 18 Cex Maryland Mansions
November 25 Missy Elliott This Is Not A Test!

Highest critically reviewed albums (Metacritic)[edit]

List of hip hop albums which received "Universal acclaim" at Metacritic
Number Artist Album Average score Number of reviews Reference
1 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 91 26 reviews [4]
2 Jay-Z The Black Album 84 19 reviews [5]
3 Bubba Sparxxx Deliverance 82 17 reviews [6]
4 Soul Position 8 Million Stories 82 8 reviews [7]

See also[edit]