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Albums By Kanye West, OutKast, Ghostface Killah & Jay Z Named Best Of The 21 Century

(AllHipHop News) GQ magazine decided to make a list of the 21 best albums released in the 21st Century. Of course, several Hip Hop projects made the final countdown with Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy actually taking the top spot.

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GQ explained why they honored Ye’s 5th studio LP with the title of best album since the year 2000. The site wrote:

It could’ve been any one of the seven albums West released this century, as fascinating a catalog of celebrity, triumph, love, loss, terrible puns, pretty decent puns, that was ever fucking put together by a single artist. MBDTF was just the record where he talked about all those things at once—a portrait of a man seizing the spotlight, drowning in it, and then somehow finding a way to turn that harrowing experience into art. Anybody who wants to be famous or make music for a living—or do both at the same time—should be forced to listen to MBDTF first. The rest of us are free to enjoy it for the bloody, hard-won, titanic achievement that it is.

Other rap albums the publication suggests “every man should hear” include OutKast’s Stankonia (3), Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele (10), Jay Z’s The Blueprint (12), and J Dilla’s Donuts (19).

R&B was held down by D’Angelo with Voodoo (6), Frank Ocean with channel ORANGE (7), and Beyoncé with Beyoncé (18). To see the full list visit

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Share some of your favorite albums of the 21 Century in the comments section.

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  • Jake Zero

    So MBDTF is a better album than THE BLUEPRINT?
    GQ please please please GTFOH!

    • therealjjohnson

      Yes. Yes it is.

      • EL_BARK

        u high on something aint u

    • Carlos

      agree, I only liked two songs on it, power and you cant tell me nothing, other than that i.m.o. it’s Kanye’s second worst album after that last couissant bullsheet he put out.

      • SupaDoopaGhost1

        Cant Tell Me nothing was on Graduation you dipshit.

      • Carlos

        lmao….sheet so correction i liked only one song on it.

      • Savimbi

        You didn’t listen to either album.

      • Carlos

        i have all Kanyes albums, i do admit i only listen to them a couple of times.

    • El Dogga

      If you go song for song…….It’s close…..really close! But you gotta give Kayne the nod because he PRODUCED most of the Blueprint!

      • Jonathan Bacher

        fucks that gotta do with it.

      • El Dogga

        Are you stupid????? I said it’s close between the two albums and I would use THAT reason to put Kayne’s over…..

        Don’t be loud, ignorant and stupid all at the same time you imbecile!

      • Jonathan Bacher

        Thank you for translating yourself.

        And that’s stupid cause a player can’t represent 2 teams in the same match. Idiot.

      • El Dogga

        This ain’t no game! Go back to school you fool! I guess them Lil Romeo online school commercials haven’t enticed you yet!

      • Jake Zero

        Brotherman, that is a ridiculous reason to give Ye the nod.
        Kanye produced a portion of The Blueprint. But his input has nothing to do with which is the better album. They are not even close.
        The Blueprint changed a generation. Single handedly ending the Swizz Beats era of Korg Trinity Keyboard hip hop (by bringing sampling back in a MAJOR way). It gave us the greatest rivalry in hip hop that didn’t end in deaths AND launched two of the hall of famer producers in Kanye and Just Blaze!

        The Blueprint is not even in the same universe as Kanye’s solo earthbound efforts!

        To say MBDTF is a better album than The Blueprint is blasphemy and everyone who says otherwise needs to take a Stephen A. Smith (one week hiatus).

      • El Dogga

        It was a good album….but the thing about the MAJORITY of Jay-Z album is the replay value.

        Blueprint III, MCHG, The Black Album…..were only good for a few months. I NEVER listen to them now. Kingdom Come was trash.

        The Blueprint is his best album…I haven’t listened to it in entirety in a few years so I may be bias.

      • Jonathan Bacher

        Listen to Jake if you won’t listen to me !

      • El Dogga

        I’m in a anti- Jay-z mood this week! Pardon me! lol

      • Jonathan Bacher

        k dawg.
        enjoy the weekend

      • 5% Hov

        “The black album”

        U tripping son.

      • El Dogga

        What you mean? The Black Album was trash!

      • 5% Hov


        If an album with PSA, Encore, Allure, Lucifer, What more can I say is trash – IDK….. not to mentioned the “hits” and culture shift from jerseys to button ups….

        I give up.

      • El Dogga

        By bad! I’m thinking Kingdom Come! Now that was GARBAGE!

        I’m not an avid Jay-Z fan if you haven’t noticed. He’s cool but I’ll grab a Snoop or Outkast album before J’s……

      • 5% Hov

        Cool – but neither Snoop or Outkast have as many classic albums or frankly enough skill to challenge a Jay. (andre has yet to make solo record)

        U could of said Nas or Ghost or Scarface…. but each to his own.

      • El Dogga

        WHAT!?!?!?! You a fool for that one!

        Doggystyle??? The Game is to be Sold not Told??? Top Dogg? And that is just snoop!

        And what Outkast album is NOT a classic?????

        Jay just puts out albums left and right but Quantity doesn’t surpass QUALITY!

      • 5% Hov

        typo dawg… I meant as **many lol

  • Markus

    I completely agree with Jay-Z and Outkast and I’m on the fence about Ghostface. As far as Kanye’s album goes? That particular one wasn’t best this century good.

    • 5% Hov

      On the fence?
      “Smart dumb niggas”

      • Markus

        Displaying intelligence shouldn’t rub you the wrong way. Being insulting is unnecessary.

      • 5% Hov

        It’s a Ghostface quote… I was being ironic.
        Don’t be so sensitive bruh…

      • Markus

        My bad.

  • RichFromBX

    I actually prefer Ironman over Supreme Clientele but to each their own…

    • Dhz30

      both bang from start to finish, cant go wrong with either

    • TheAfroRican

      Both good albums.

  • ChiVa02

    Does Late Registration not count? I’d take that one over Dark Fantasy.

    • SupaDoopaGhost1

      Na, i give MBDTF the nod, simply because it was a bit more artistic. All Of The Lights had like 25 features on it, and unless you read the linear notes, you wouldn’t have ever known it!! Runaway (the album version) was great, and it had an almost dialog-less film that tied the entire story together. Definitely better than anything else since 2000, and slightly better than Late Reg.

      • Savimbi


      • 5% Hov

        Agreed. But clearly not touching… Stillmatic or a Blueprint / Back Album…. or even a “BE” (lyrically)

        Ye could be the best producer since 2000 tho – for sure.

    • Ipullcards

      Yea they are gq and last time I check they don’t have no real day in hiphop and it’s time for usto start screaming that!! And come out with our own publications!

  • meanygreene

    “when KRS already had an album called the blueprint”- Nas

    • GQ

      Jay’s blueprint was better tho. Facts

      • meanygreene

        ha, keep telling yourself that

      • 5% Hov

        Different Era’s = cannot compare they are not ike for like…

        There is no Blueprint without KRS

  • Executive

    And Iggy azalea too, lmao !


    MBDTF best album of the 21st century??? G.T.F.O.H….

  • Eli Pinilla

    Hiphop classics of the 2000’s…..get rich, blueprint, supreme clientele, stillmatic, the fix, minstrel show, stankonia, gradguation, madvillan, hell hath no fury, and Be…..

    • ChiVa02

      Ooh. Forgot all about the Minstrel Show..Good look on that one..

      • TheAfroRican

        Extemely underrated, but I like “The Listening” better.

      • ChiVa02

        I do too. No doubt..

      • 5% Hov

        Nah – close but the Listening is the classic.

      • Eli Pinilla

        Love that album. Just went with minstrel since it’s a little more known.

    • johnblacksad

      That Fix tho!

    • TheAfroRican

      Way too many people sleeping on the Madvilliany album.

      • Eli Pinilla

        Shit bumps forever

    • 5% Hov

      U right my nigga – all of them classics.

      I put Fishscale and OB4CL 2 in there tooo.

      • Eli Pinilla

        Def some honorable mentions. That Ason Jones track off of ob4cl2 almost had me in tears……Marshall Mathers lp is another one..

  • jd

    That album was pretty great.

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  • Jeffery Smith

    Supreme Clientele is classic, the beats are perfect for every song and the lyrics are so crazy that you can’t help but not listen and say WTF lol. But the song lists on the back were printed wrong

    • 5% Hov

      On purpose. I love that album.

      “Malcolm” & “Stay True” > most rappers careers.

  • johnblacksad

    this was fun but of course, I don’t care to check GQ’s list of best hip hop albums… I’m straight

    • SneakerFreaker

      u ignorant cuz the list is obviously dropping jewels stupid

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  • 5% Hov

    Ghost has 4 classics in my opinion

    Ironman (1995)
    Supreme Clientèle (2000)
    Fishscale (2006)
    12 Reasons 2 die. (2013)

    And Big Doe Rehab and Pretty Toney are close.

    Ghost, Hov, Nas, Kool G Rap, Scarface – Top 5 Alive

    • Ike’s Mood

      12 Reasons to Die (the brown tape)

  • ghettogov

    Blueprint is one of the most overrated albums in hip hop history in my opinion the production was much better than the rapping….black album kills that Shit even American gangster Shits on it jay production team was just on fire at that time

  • Yeenngling7

    Completely agree with MBDTF. There is nothing like it. From the iconic artwork, the 34 minute film and just the production of the album. Sometimes it makes you wonder if it’s rock or hip hop? It’s the closest thing to a masterpiece in the 21st century so far.

    Disappointing to see no Radiohead though. Kid A is another near masterpiece work. Every rock band in this day in age will tell you Radiohead changed the game.

  • Aurelijus

    KANYE KANYE. the best artist of all time. i just cant wait to hear another kanye album. he’s my inspiration. the greatest artist of all time.

  • CooL_KiD_305

    Damn lil Wayne ain’t make the list? This list is bullshit



    • andrewi

      Shut up and go find a fanboy forum man.

      Yeah yeah Pac was great, heard it all before. You’re not a Jehovas witness and he’s not Jesus so stop yelling. The niggas been dead for over a decade, you think we havent heard everything you just said before?


        listen to dat sing-along shit and stay in that small world that you reside n.

      • andrewi

        Tupacs 3 tops selling singles were all sing-a-longs, so too was Changes, Cali Love and pretty much 80% of every other pac tune your average Tupac fan has heard. Also, I’ve probably listened to damn near every Tupac record you have. The difference is that I listen to a lot more and don’t hang on to an era when it’s two decades gone by.

        So who’s inte smallest world?

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