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This article summarizes the events, album releases, and album release dates in hip hop music for the year 2008.









  • 50 Cent sues Taco Bell for $4 million because the food chain had used his name without permission.
  • Gucci Mane is arrested on gun and drug charges.
  • Nas teams up with MoveOn.org and Color of Change to obtain signatures to end the accusations of Barack Obama.
  • Lil Wayne's album, Tha Carter III, is certified double platinum.
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony reunite after many years with the release of Flesh-n-Bone from jail and the return of turmoiled group member Bizzy Bone. They are recording a reunion album.
  • LL Cool J denies signing with G-Unit Records.
  • It has been found out that popular Miami rapper Rick Ross used to be a correctional officer before becoming a rapper.
  • Veteran New Orleans rapper, Sporty T murdered inside of a trailer.
  • Baltimore DJ, K-Swift, dies in a swimming pool.
  • The mayor of Houston proclaimed July 22, "Trae Day", for Trae's help in the community and city.


  • Master P gets the key to the city of Memphis for the "Let The Kids Grow Day" project he organized.
  • Dr. Dre's daughter releases a controversial documentary called Daddy's Shadow talking about her dad not supporting her dreams of rapping.
  • Big Boi and Killer Mike end their 3-year feud.
  • Yung Berg is arrested for possession of a pistol and marijuana.
  • Trae and Mike Jones get into an altercation at the 2008 Ozone Awards.
  • Ice Cube's new album, Raw Footage, is leaked onto the internet.
  • Cam'ron sold Juelz Santana's contract to Def Jam for $2 million, hence removing Santana from the Diplomats roster.
  • DJ Vlad sues Rick Ross for assaulting him.
  • 50 Cent is #1 on Forbes' 2008 Hip-Hop Cash Kings, making $150 million last year for his Vitamin Water deal, his sales of Curtis, and his G-Unit clothing, and his record label. Following behind is Jay-Z at #2, Diddy at #3, and Kanye West at #4. Common, Akon, & Lil Wayne made first time showings on the list.
  • Da Brat is sentenced to three years in prison for striking a woman with a rum bottle at an Atlanta nightclub in 2007.[78]
  • The Game's new album, L.A.X., is leaked onto the Internet earlier than expected.
  • Dr. Dre's son, Andre Young, Jr., aged 20, was found dead on August 23, 2008.[79]
  • Young Jeezy's new album, The Recession, is leaked onto the Internet.
  • LL Cool J's new album, Exit 13, is leaked onto the Internet a day before its release.


  • Yung Berg was hospitalized after being beaten up and robbed for his Transformers necklace in Detroit at Trick Trick's club, Plan B.
  • Kanye West was arrested for damaging two of the paparazzi's cameras. He posted bail for $20,000.
  • Nelly's new album, Brass Knuckles, is leaked onto the Internet four days before its release.
  • 50 Cent stated that his album Before I Self Destruct will be released on December 9, 2008, a week before Kanye's album will be released.
  • Nate Dogg suffers his second stroke in less than a year. He is reported in critical condition.
  • T.I.'s new album, Paper Trail, is released on September 30, 2008. It achieved gold status in its first week and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album sold 568,000 copies and became T.I.'s biggest debut to date. His album yielded two #1 hit singles ("Whatever You Like" & "Live Your Life").
  • Ludacris's pool house gets set on fire.[80]
  • Kanye West has pushed his album 808s and Heartbreak to November.


  • Maino allegedly smacked Yung Berg in the face.[81]
  • C-Murder supposed to appear in court on October 14, for his murder trial.
  • Johnny J, a Hip-Hop producer known for producing many of Tupac Shakur's songs, dies after allegedly committing suicide by jumping of a tier of a county jail.
  • 50 Cent releases first single "Get Up" off new album Before I Self Destruct due December 9.
  • Eminem tells Shade 45 that his new album will be called Relapse.
  • Kanye West new album 808s and Heartbreak to be released November, 25.
  • Lil Jon signs to Universal Republic Records and plans to release next album sometime in 2009.
  • Lil Wayne stated that he will release the reissue of Tha Carter III, naming it Tha Carter III: The Rebirth. He now has another boy named Dwayne Carter III. He also won 9 BET Hip-Hop Awards the same day.
  • Lil Boosie has been arrested for marijuana and weapons possession in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.



  • Another arrest warrant is issued to DMX.
  • Lil Wayne has the most Grammy nominations for the Grammy Awards 2009 of eight nods. Jay-Z & Kanye West both received 6 nominations each, while T.I. & Lupe Fiasco both received 4 nominations each.
  • Chingy has been dropped from DTP/Def Jam Records due to lackluster sales on his fourth album, Hate It Or Love It.
  • Plies releases his 3rd studio album in less than 17 months titled, Da Realist.
  • Jim Jones was arrested for allegedly beating up a friend of the R&B singer Ne-Yo outside the Louis Vuitton store in New York City in December 2008; he has pleaded not guilty.[82]


Release Date Artist Album Notes
January 15 Chino XL Something Sacred
  • Singles: "Chow Down"
January 22 Big Noyd Illustrious
February 19 Jim Jones Harlem's American Gangster
  • Debuts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Love Me No More"
February 26 Webbie Savage Life 2
Pete Rock NY's Finest
  • Debuts at No. 193 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Till I Retire"
Shawty Lo Units in the City
March 4 Lil' Flip & Young Noble All Eyez on Us
  • Debuts at No. 137 on the Billboard 200
Rakim The Archive: Live, Lost & Found
Bizzy Bone Ruthless
Layzie Bone Thugz Nation
March 11 Rick Ross Trilla
Snoop Dogg Ego Trippin'
Fat Joe The Elephant in the Room
Del the Funky Homosapien Eleventh Hour
  • Debuts at #78 on the Billboard 200
March 18 Flo Rida Mail on Sunday
Rocko Self-Made
Sheek Louch Silverback Gorilla
  • Debuts at No. 41 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Good Love"
Bone Brothers Still Creepin on Ah Come Up
March 25 Baracuda Knucklebone
Bourgeois Cyborgs (Noah23 & Baracuda) Bourgeois Cyborgs
CRUNK23 (Noah23 & Crunk Chris) Dirty Bling
Guilty Simpson Ode to the Ghetto
  • Singles: "Getting Bitches", "She Won't Stay at Home"
eMC The Show
The Weird Apples (Noah23, Livestock & Madadam) The Big Crunch
April 1 Trina Still da Baddest
AZ Undeniable
  • Debuts at No. 141 on the Billboard 200
8Ball & E.D.I. Doin' It Big
A Tribe Called Quest The Best of A Tribe Called Quest
April 15 Dark Lotus The Opaque Brotherhood
April 22 Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
  • Debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Shoulda Known", "Guarantees", "You"
Prodigy H.N.I.C. Pt. 2
  • Debuts at No. 36 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "The Life", "New Yitty", "ABC's"
Bizzy Bone A Song For You
April 29 The Roots Rising Down
  • Debuts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Get Busy", "Rising Up"
9th Wonder & Buckshot The Formula
  • Singles: "Go All Out", "Hold It Down"
Lil Mama VYP (Voice of the Young People)
Baby D A-Town Secret Weapon
  • Singles: "I'm Bout Money"
May 6 Krizz Kaliko Vitiligo
May 7 Sadistik The Balancing Act
  • Singles: "Searching for Some Beautiful"
May 13 Boondox Krimson Creek
Foxy Brown Brooklyn's Don Diva
May 20 Bun B II Trill
Frayser Boy Da Key
Grave Plott The Plott Thickens
May 27 Speedknot Mobstaz Mobstability II: Nation Business
June 3 Lil' Wil Dolla$, TX
  • Singles: "My Dougie"
Prozak Tales from the Sick
June 10 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Plies Definition of Real
N*E*R*D Seeing Sounds
Tyga No Introduction
  • Debuts at No. 112 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Coconut Juice", "Diamond Life", "AIM"
June 17 2 Pistols Death Before Dishonor
Blood Raw My Life: The True Testimony
  • Debuts at #29 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Louie"
Craig G and Marley Marl Operation: Take Back Hip-Hop
June 24 Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk
Immortal Technique The 3rd World
  • Debuts at #99 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "The 3rd World", "Payback", "Reverse Pimpology", "Mistakes", "Golpe De Estado"
Danny! And I Love H.E.R.: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
RZA Digi Snacks
July 1 G-Unit T.O.S: Terminate on Sight
Tech N9ne Killer
  • Singles: "Everybody Move", "Like Yeah"
Byrd Gang M.O.B.: The Album
  • Debuts at No. 29 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Splash", "ByrdGang Money"
July 8 Jean Grae Jeanius
Killer Mike I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II
T.H.U.G. Angelz Welcome to Red Hook Houses
July 15 Nas Untitled
  • Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Hero", "Make the World Go Round"
  • Certified Gold
David Banner The Greatest Story Ever Told
MJG This Might Be the Day
July 22 Skillz The Million Dollar Backpack
  • Singles: "So Far So Good"
Hell Rell Black Mask, Black Gloves
  • Debuts at No. 131 on the Billboard 200
Khia Nasti Muzik
  • Singles: "What They Do", "Be Your Lady"
July 23 Murs & 9th Wonder Sweet Lord
August 5 Re-Up Gang Clipse Presents: Re-Up Gang
  • Debuts at No. 55 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Fast Life"
Nappy Roots The Humdinger
Outlawz We Want In: The Street LP
August 12 Daz Dillinger Only on the Left Side
eLZhi The Preface
Skatterman & Snug Brim Word on tha Streets
Yung Berg Look What You Made Me
August 19 Ice Cube Raw Footage
GZA Pro Tools
  • Debuts at No. 52 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Paper Plate"
August 26 The Game LAX
V.I.C. Beast
  • Debuts at No. 73 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Get Silly", "Wobble", "Flawless"
September 2 Young Jeezy The Recession
Boss Hogg Outlawz Back by Blockular Demand: Serve & Collect II
  • Debuts at No. 48 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Keep It Playa"
September 9 LL Cool J Exit 13
  • Debuts at No. 9 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Rocking with the G.O.A.T.", Baby", "Feel My Heart Beat", "Mr. President"
Kardinal Offishall Not 4 Sale
  • Debuts at No. 40 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Dangerous", "Burnt", "Set It Off", "Numba 1 (Tide is High)"
September 16 DJ Khaled We Global
DJ Muggs and Planet Asia Pain Language
Ill Bill The Hour of Reprisal
Nelly Brass Knuckles
September 23 Gucci Mane Hood Classics
  • Debuts at #197 on the Billboard 200
Noah23 Rock Paper Scissors
September 30 Big Kuntry King My Turn to Eat
Dem Franchize Boyz Our World, Our Way
Heltah Skeltah DIRT
Madlib WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip
MURS MURS for President
T.I. Paper Trail
Termanology Politics as Usual
October 7 Devin the Dude Landing Gear
  • Debuts at No. 47 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Can't Make It Home"
Kutt Calhoun Feature Presentation
October 14 Diamond D The Huge Hefner Chronicles
October 17 M Trill Number One
  • Singles: "Bounce"
October 28 Paris Acid Reflex
November 2 Noah23 Upside Down Bluejay
November 4 Illa J Yancey Boys
  • Singles: "We Here", "Sounds Like Love"
Q-Tip The Renaissance
Unk 2econd Season
  • Debuts at No. 104 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Show Out"
November 11 Jedi Mind Tricks A History of Violence
November 18 Ace Hood Gutta
South Park Mexican The Last Chair Violinist
  • Debuts at No. 59 on the Billboard 200
November 24 E-40 The Ball Street Journal
  • Debuts at No. 42 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Wake It Up"
Kanye West 808's and Heartbreak
  • Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
  • Singles: "Love Lockdown", "Heartless", "Amazing", "Paranoid"
  • Certified Platinum
  • Does not contain the "parental advisory" sticker
November 25 Anybody Killa Mudface
Jim Jones & Skull Gang Jim Jones & Skull Gang Present A Tribute To Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps
  • Singles: "Bad Santa Intro", "Jingle Bellz"
December 9 Common Universal Mind Control
EPMD We Mean Business
December 16 Plies Da REAList
Soulja Boy iSouljaBoyTellEm
December 24 Ludacris Theater of the Mind

Highest first week sales[edit]

As of December 31, 2008.[83][84][85][86][87][88][89][90]

Number Artist Album 1st week sales 1st week position
1 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 1,086,000 #1
2 T.I. Paper Trail 568,000 #1
3 Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak 450,000 #1
4 Young Jeezy The Recession 260,000 #1
5 The Game LAX 240,000 #2
6 Plies Definition of Real 215,000 #2
7 Ludacris Theater of the Mind 214,000 #5
8 Rick Ross Trilla 198,000 #1
9 Nas Untitled 187,000 #1
10 Snoop Dogg Ego Trippin' 137,000 #3

Highest critically reviewed albums (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Artist Album Average score Number of reviews Reference
1 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 84 26 reviews [91]
2 Q-Tip The Renaissance 82 24 reviews [92]
3 Bun B II Trill 82 17 reviews [93]
4 The Roots Rising Down 80 27 reviews [94]
5 Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple 76 35 reviews [95]
6 Why? Alopecia 76 21 reviews [96]
7 Roots Manuva Slime & Reason 76 16 reviews [97]
8 Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak 75 36 reviews [98]
9 T.I. Paper Trail 74 19 reviews [99]
10 Murs Murs for President 74 15 reviews [100]

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