Annal: 2000 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2000.

Album:The Marshall Mathers LP

The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem’s sophomore album, he can’t decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend (“Kim”). Of course, according to Eminem, he’s just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he’s the victim of people who don’t get his unique sense of humor. It’s good old America’s fault if the kids aren’t alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he’s just…

Album:2001

2001

Dr. Dre

Despite the number of guests on hand, Dr. Dre’s decade-/century-/millennium-ending sequel to The Chronic is, like its predecessor, less a stack of posse cuts and more an elegantly seamless work from West Coast hip-hop’s premier auteur. Deliberately cinematic in everything from its mix of moods to dramatic musical surges, 2001 is Dre’s assessment of the gangsta life in medium shots. No longer fully immersed in violence and random sex, yet aware of their attraction, he often lets his guests blow steam about whatever’s on their minds. When he takes…

Album:And Then There Was X

And Then There Was X

DMX

All the barking and growling in the world could not detract from the fact that DMX is a troubled, tormented soul. On And Then There Was X, the multiplatinum-selling Dark Man X uses his signature fragmented flow with its singsongy vocal inflections to preach, teach, and reveal. Melodramatic storytelling has always been his shtick, whether it’s tales of robbing liquor stores, plotting violent murders, or teaching shorties the code of the streets. X’s inner conflicts are laid out on “Angel,” a dialogue between himself and his Lord, and his ability to…

Album:Country Grammar

Country Grammar

Nelly

With the No Limit and Cash Money crews having permanently seared the once-ignored Deep South into the hip-hop map, Nelly arrives to make a mark for the heretofore uncelebrated St. Louis scene. After outlining the rules of the game from lifestyle (gats, grass, and sex) to wardrobe (he cuffs his jeans like Beaver Cleaver), the rapper offers scenario after scenario depicting the gangsta world as one big party; he and his crew seem much more interested in fellatio than shootouts. The title single, which preceded this CD’s release by months, is the clear standout with…

Album:The Life and Times of S. Carter

The Life and Times of S. Carter

Jay-Z

On The Life and Times of S. Carter, Jay-Z’s century-closing guaranteed-platinum album, he compares his hit-making prowess to that of Michael Jackson—the unspoken difference being that Jigga appears to be far from wearing out his commercial welcome. For good reason, too; not only is the Roc-A-Fella king maker one prolific rapper and writer, his output is of high enough quality to keep heads ringin’. While there’s no single classic on the order of “Hard Knock Life” here, collaborations with Dr. Dre (the truly defiant “Watch Me”), Juvenile (“Snoopy Track”),…

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