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Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2003

2003 top 40 hip hop albums

2003 was the year of 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. A landmark album when it comes to sales figures, popularity and impact – and not a bad album at all, with a couple of great songs and tight production throughout. But was Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ among the best albums of 2003? Not if you ask HHGA. While 50 Cent’s classic sophomore album does make our Top 40 Hip Hop Albums Of 2003 (scroll down to see at which spot it lands), we feel there were a bunch of albums better in 2003.

Also: forget Lil Jon and the rest of the crunk legions who received too much of the spotlight this particular year – 2003 had plenty of excellent real Hip Hop to offer, even if you wouldn’t know it if mainstream popularity and commercial success were your only references. So check out our ranking of 2003’s best Hip Hop albums and feel free to start a debate if you disagree!

Also read: Greatest Hip Hop Albums 1986 – 2018

1. Brother Ali – Shadows On The Sun

brother ali 2003

Rating: 9.5/10

2. Little Brother – The Listening

best hip hop albums 2003

Rating: 9.5/10

3. Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain

Rating: 9/10

4. Canibus – Rip The Jacker

Rating: 9/10

5. Jay Z – The Black Album

best hip hop albums 2003

Rating: 9/10

6. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 2

best hip hop 2003

Rating: 9/10

7. Non Prophets – Hope

best hip hop 2003

Rating: 8.5/10

8. 50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

50 cent get rich and dy trying 2003

Rating: 8.5/10

9. CunninLynguists – Southernunderground

Rating: 8.5/10

10. Louis Logic – Sin-A-Matic

Rating: 8/10

11. King Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader

Rating: 8/10

12. OutKast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below

Rating: 8/0

13. Jaylib – Champion Sound

Rating: 8/10

14. Lightheaded – Pure Thoughts

Rating: 7.5/10

15. KRS-One – Kristyles

best hip hop 2003

Rating: 7.5/10

16. Gang Starr – The Ownerz

best hip hop 2003

Rating: 7.5/10

17. Nappy Roots – Wooden Leather

Rating: 7.5/10

18. Soul Position – 8 Million Stories

Rating: 7.5/10

19. Jedi Mind Tricks – Visions Of Gandhi

Rating: 7.5/10

20. Danger Mouse & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life

Rating: 7.5/10

21. Vakill – The Darkest Cloud

Rating: 7/10

22. Insight – The Maysun Project

Rating: 7/10

23. Soul Supreme – The Saturday Nite Agenda

Rating: 7/10

24. Atmosphere – Seven’s Travels

Rating: 7/10

25. Cyne – Time Being

Rating: 7/10

26. Murs – The End Of The Beginning

Murs – The End Of The Beginning

Rating: 7/10

27. Ugly Duckling – Taste The Secret

Ugly Duckling – Taste The Secret

Rating: 7/10

28. Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth

Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth

Rating: 7/10

29. Zion I – Deep Water Slang V2.0

Rating: 6.5/10

30. Jeru The Damaja – Divine Design

Rating: 6.5/10

31. Paris – Sonic Jihad

Rating: 6.5/10

32. Hieroglyphics – Full Circle

Rating: 6.5/10

33. Freeway – Philadelphia Freeway

Rating: 6.5/10

34. Akrobatik – Balance

Akrobatik – Balance

Rating: 6.5/10

35. Diverse – One A.M.

Rating: 6.5/10

36. Pase Rock – Bullsh** As Usual

Rating: 6/10

37. Andre Nickatina – Conversation With A Devil

Rating: 6/10

38. Ludacris – Chicken-n-Beer

Ludacris – Chicken-n-Beer

Rating: 6/10

39. Shabazz The Disciple – The Book Of Shabazz

Rating: 6/10

40. Sole – Selling Live Water

Rating: 6/10

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