2002 in hip hop music

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List of years in hip hop music

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 1 Boosie Badazz For My Thugz Trill Entertainment
January 8 Deepspace5 The Night We Called It a Day UpRok
January 22 KRS-One Spiritual Minded Koch Records
X-Raided Deadly Game JLM Entertainment
January 29 C-Bo Life as a Rider West Coast Mafia Records, Warlock Records
State Property State Property Soundtrack Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
February 5 Aesop Rock Daylight Definitive Jux
February 12 PSD All I Want Gateway Entertainment
February 24 Souljahz The Fault Is History World Entertainment, LLC.
February 25 Deep Puddle Dynamics/Anticon We Ain't Fessin' (Double Quotes) Anticon
February 26 The High & Mighty Air Force 1 Eastern Conference Records
The X-Ecutioners Built From Scratch Loud Records, Columbia Records
March 12 N.E.R.D. In Search Of... [Second Version] Virgin Records, EMI
New Breed Stop the Music UpRok, EMI CMG
March 19 R. Kelly & Jay-Z The Best of Both Worlds Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings, Jive Records, Rockland Records
Rasheeda A Ghetto Dream D-Lo Entertainment
Edan Primitive Plus Lewis Recordings
March 26 Eazy-E Impact of a Legend Ruthless Records, Epic Records
k-os Exit Astralwerks
Non Phixion The Future Is Now Uncle Howie Records
Ying Yang Twins Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins Koch Records
April 2 J-Live All of the Above Coup D'État
April 5 Pezet/Noon Muzyka Klasyczna T1-Teraz
April 8 O.S.T.R. 30 minut z życia Asfalt Records
April 9 Twiztid Mirror Mirror Psychopathic Records
April 16 Sage Francis Personal Journals Anticon
April 23 Cee-Lo Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections Arista Records
April 26 50 Cent Guess Who's Back? Full Clip Records
April 30 Blackalicious Blazing Arrow MCA Records
Count Bass D Dwight Spitz High Times
May 7 Kastro & E.D.I. Blood Brothers Outlaw Recordz
May 14 Cam'ron Come Home with Me Roc-A-Fella Records, Diplomat Records, Def Jam Recordings
El-P Fantastic Damage Definitive Jux
May 18 Noah23 Quicksand Plague Language[1]
May 21 Big Syke Street Commando
May 26 Eminem The Eminem Show Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records
May 28 Lil' Keke Birds Fly South Averice
June 4 People Under the Stairs O.S.T. Om Records
June 11 Atmosphere God Loves Ugly Rhymesayers Entertainment, Fat Beats Records
AZ Aziatic Motown
Spice 1 Spiceberg Slim Hard Tyme Records, Riviera Records
June 14 1200 Techniques Choose One Rubber Records, Sony Records
June 18 Wyclef Jean Masquerade Columbia Records
June 22 Baracuda72 Tetragammoth Plague Language[2]
June 24 O.S.T.R. Tabasko Asfalt Records[3]
June 25 Cormega The True Meaning Legal Hustle Entertainment
N.O.R.E. God's Favorite Def Jam Recordings
Nelly Nellyville Universal Records
Will Smith Born to Reign Columbia Records
July 2 Eyedea The Many Faces of Oliver Hart or How Eye One the Write Too Think Rhymesayers Entertainment
X-Raided City of Kings Out of Bounds Records
July 8 Roots Manuva Dub Come Save Me Big Dada
July 9 Onyx Bacdafucup Part II Koch Records
July 16 Juicy J Chronicles of the Juice Man Hypnotize Minds, North North Records
KJ-52 Collaborations BEC Recordings
July 23 Jean Grae Attack of the Attacking Things Third Earth Music
The Beatnuts The Originators Landspeed
Jumpsteady The Chaos Theory Psychopathic Records
Lil Wayne 500 Degreez Cash Money Records
Public Enemy Revolverlution Koch Records
July 29 Big Mello The Gift KMJ Records
July 30 Richie Rich Nixon Pryor Roundtree Ten-Six Records
Knoc-Turn'al L.A. Confidential presents: Knoc-Turn'al Elektra Records
August 6 Cage Movies for the Blind Eastern Conference Records
Project Pat Layin' da Smack Down Loud Records
Scarface The Fix Def Jam South
August 13 Do or Die Back 2 the Game Rap-A-Lot Records, Virgin Records
Luniz Silver & Black Rap-A-Lot Records, Virgin Records, Asylum Records
Slum Village Trinity (Past, Present and Future) Capitol Records
August 20 Angie Martinez Animal House Elektra Records
Clipse Lord Willin' Star Trak Entertainment, Jive Records
DJ Jazzy Jeff The Magnificent BBE Records
Tray Deee The General's List Empire Music Werks
August 27 Devin the Dude Just Tryin' ta Live Rap-a-Lot Records
Eve Eve-Olution Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Interscope Records
GRITS The Art of Translation Gotee Records
KRS-One The Mix Tape Koch Records
Lil Flip Undaground Legend Sucka Free, Loud Records, Columbia Records
Promatic Promatic Koch Records
Trina Diamond Princess Slip-n-Slide Records, Atlantic Records
September 9 Outlandish Bread & Barrels of Water RCA Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Jehst The Return of the Drifter Low Life Records
September 10 Shade Sheist Informal Introduction MCA Records
September 16 Boom Bip Seed to Sun Lex Records
September 17 Mr. Lif I Phantom Definitive Jux
September 24 54th Platoon All or Nothin' FUBU Records
Nas The Lost Tapes Ill Will Records, Columbia Records
Tech N9ne Absolute Power Strange Music
September 25 Paktofonika Archiwum kinematografii Gigant Records
October 1 Xzibit Man vs. Machine Open Bar Entertainment, Loud Records, Columbia Records
7L & Esoteric Warning: Dangerous Exclusives Brick Records
October 7 K-Gee Bounce to This Instant Karma
October 8 Boot Camp Clik The Chosen Few Duck Down Music
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers Interscope Records
Krumb Snatcha Respect All Fear None D&D Records
Large Professor 1st Class Matador Records
Tela Double Dose Rap-a-Lot Records
UTP The Compilation Orpheus Records
7L & Esoteric Dangerous Connection Brick Records
October 10 Young Buck Born to Be a Thug UTP Records, Thug Entertainment
October 15 Coolio El Cool Magnifico Riviera Records
Da Heabussaz (Three 6 Mafia & Fiend) Dat's How It Happen to'M Hypnotize Minds, Fiend Entertainment
LL Cool J 10 Def Jam Recordings
Supastition 7 Years of Bad Luck Freshchest Records
October 21 Bushido & Fler Carlo, Cokxxx, Nutten Aggro Berlin
October 22 Big Syke Big Syke RideOnUm Records, Rap-A-Lot Records
Choppa Choppa Style Take Fo' Records
Jay Tee High Caliber 40 Ounce Records
Jel 10 Seconds Mush Records
The Streets Original Pirate Material Locked On Records, 679 Recordings
WC Ghetto Heisman Def Jam Recordings
October 28 WWO We własnej osobie Prosto[4]
October 29 Jungle Brothers All That We Do Jungle Brothers Records
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Kings of Crunk BME Recordings, TVT Records
Penny The Clockforth Movement Plague Language[5]
Various Artists Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile Shady Records, Interscope Records
November 5 Insane Clown Posse The Wraith: Shangri-La Psychopathic Records
Soul-Junk 1957
November 9 Sev Statik Speak Life UpRock, EMI CMG
November 12 Indo G Contact Blackhouse Entertainment
JAY-Z The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
Fat Joe Loyalty Terror Squad, Atlantic
Missy Elliott Under Construction The Goldmind Inc., Elektra Records
Swollen Members Monsters in the Closet Battle Axe Records
November 19 C-Bo Desert Eagle Warlock Records
Canibus Mic Club: The Curriculum Mic Club Music
Ja Rule The Last Temptation Murder Inc Records, Def Jam Recordings
Talib Kweli Quality Rawkus Records, MCA Records
November 22 Fettes Brot Amnesie 'Yo Mama's Recording
November 26 2Pac Better Dayz Amaru Entertainment, Death Row Records
Birdman Birdman Cash Money Records
Busta Rhymes It Ain't Safe No More Flipmode Records, J Records
Royce da 5'9" Rock City Columbia Records, E1 Music, Game Recordings
Snoop Dogg Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ Doggystyle Records, Priority Records, Capitol Records
The Roots Phrenology Geffen Records, MCA Records
Will Smith Greatest Hits Columbia Records
Kool G Rap The Giancana Story Koch Records
December 3 Nighthawks (Cage & Camu Tao) Nighthawks Eastern Conference Records
December 10 Common Electric Circus MCA Records
Felt Felt: A Tribute to Christina Ricci Rhymesayers Entertainment
Proof Electric Cool-Aid: Acid Testing Iron Fist Records
504 Boyz Ballers The New No Limit, Universal Records
December 13 Nas God's Son Ill Will Records, Columbia Records
December 17 Indo G Christmas N Memphis Big Face
Lil' Romeo Game Time The New No Limit, Universal Records

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 [6]
2 The Roots Phrenology 87 23 reviews [7]
3 Missy Elliott Under Construction 81 19 reviews [8]
4 Nas God's Son 81 18 reviews [9]
5 Common Electric Circus 80 22 reviews [10]
6 Talib Kweli Quality 79 19 reviews [11]
7 Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers 76 20 reviews [12]
8 Snoop Dogg Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss 76 14 reviews [13]
9 Eminem The Eminem Show 75 20 reviews [14]
10 Nelly Nellyville 70 15 reviews [15]

See also[edit]