The year 2000 of course signals the beginning of a new decade and the end of what many consider to be hip hop's greatest era, the 90s. The year 2000 marked a turning point for the Indie scene with artists such as De La Soul, DJ Premier and others proving to the so called 'back pack' fraternity that credibility and club friendly / commercial music could co-exist. It's a landmark year for us here at Classic Material since it was the last year covered by our initial series of events and mixes. There have of course been a number of follow up projects, but it's the year that closes our year by year run down. Below is a snapshot of some of the year's key mainstream events, produced this time with the assistance of Dream Door's hip hop timeline:
continues to sit at the cutting edge of mainstream hip-hop with their
fourth LP, 'Stankonia'. As praised as their previous work and
containing their two biggest commercial hits thus far, the group graduate
from critics' darlings to superstars.
- Eminem's second album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is a huge
hit, (eventually becoming one of the best-selling rap albums of
all-time). A more personal album than his previous one, (but even more
inflammatory), it catapults Em into rap superstardom and creates controversy for its homophobic content. Despite a small backlash, he maintains credibility in the
hip-hop community while remaining immensely popular (and controversial)
outside of it.
- Jay-Z continues his reign as a figurehead of mainstream hip-hop with the release of 'Dynasty: Roc-La-Familia', an album featuring up and coming
artists from the Roc-A-Fella
Records label, founded by Jay-Z with business partner Damon Dash.
- Building on his semi-reunion with Snoop Dogg on 1999's
successful comeback effort '2001', Dr. Dre reunites with former NWA bandmates Ice Cube and MC
Ren on the single, 'Hello,' from Cube's album, 'War & Peace, Vol.
- St. Louis-based rapper Nelly debuts with 'Country Grammar'. The
album is a monster hit, it's success (and that of other rappers from
New Orleans, Houston, and Detroit) prove that hip-hop has moved farther
away from bi-coastal domination.
- Superstar Latino rapper Big Pun (pictured) dies of heart attack aged just 29.
- Shunning fame and the spotlight, acclaimed MC/singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill goes into self-imposed seclusion.