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This article summarizes the events, album releases, and album release dates in hip hop music for the year 2005.

Released albums[]

Release Date Artist Album Label
January 18 The Game The Documentary Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit Records, Interscope Records
January 25 Buck 65 This Right Here Is Buck 65 V2
Geto Boys The Foundation Rap-a-Lot Records, Asylum Records
Paul Wall & Chamillionaire Controversy Sells Paid In Full
Spice 1 Dyin' 2 Ball Triple X Entertainment
January 31[1] Pete Rock The Surviving Elements: From Soul Survivor II Sessions BBE Records
February 8 Krayzie Bone Gemini: Good vs. Evil Ball'r Records, ThugLine Records
Mike Ladd Negrophilia: The Album
One Be Lo S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. (Sounds Of Nahshid Originate Good Rhymes And Music) Subterraneous Records, Fat Beats Records
Rapper Big Pooh Sleepers 6 Hole Records, Caroline Distribution
Sage Francis A Healthy Distrust Epitaph Records
February 15 Suburban Noize Records Sub Noize Souljaz Suburban Noize
February 22 A Gun Called Tension A Gun Called Tension Cold Crush Records
Aesop Rock Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives Definitive Jux
Bone Brothers Bone Brothers Koch Records
Busdriver Fear of a Black Tangent Mush
Jumpsteady Master of the Flying Guillotine Psychopathic Records
Sole Live from Rome Anticon
TRU The Truth The New No Limit Records, Koch Records
March 1 Pimp C The Sweet James Jones Stories Rap-a-Lot Records, Asylum Records
March 5 50 Cent The Massacre G-Unit Records, Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records
March 7 Sev Statik Slow Burn Pitch Control, Pointman
March 8 Boom Bip Blue Eyed in the Red Room Lex Records
Celly Cel It'z Real Out Here 33rd Street Records
Tame One O.G. Bobby Johnson Eastern Conference Records
March 22 Anybody Killa Road Fools Psychopathic Records
C-Murder The Truest Shit I Ever Said Bossalinie Records, Koch Records
M.I.A. Arular XL Recordings, Interscope Records
The Perceptionists Black Dialogue Definitive Jux
Prefuse 73 Surrounded By Silence Warp
March 29 Blueprint 1988 Rhymesayers Entertainment
Beanie Sigel The B. Coming Dame Dash Music Group, Def Jam Recordings
Edan Beauty and the Beat Lewis Recordings
Fat Killahz Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? No Tyze Entertainment
Will Smith Lost and Found Interscope Records
April 12 Z-Ro Let the Truth Be Told Rap-a-Lot Records
April 19 Esham A-1 Yola Psychopathic Records
Mike Jones Who is Mike Jones? Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros.
Roots Manuva Awfully Deep Big Dada
Zion I True & Livin' Live Up Records
May 3 Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas Stones Throw Records
13 & God 13 & God Alien Transistor, Anticon
May 10 Fannypack See You Next Tuesday Tommy Boy Records
Jus Allah All Fates Have Changed Babygrande Records
May 17 The Away Team National Anthem 6 Hole Records, Caroline Distribution
Insane Clown Posse The Calm Psychopathic Records
Memphis Bleek 534 Get Low Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
Nobody And Everything Else... Plug Research
May 24 Common Be GOOD Music, Geffen Records
Gorillaz Demon Days Virgin Records
May 31 The High & Mighty The 12th Man Eastern Conference Records
M.E.D. Push Comes to Shove Stones Throw Records
Sean Price Monkey Barz Duck Down Music
Ya Boy Rookie of the Year SMC, Done Deal Ent.
June 14 Afu-Ra State of the Arts Life Force Records, Decon Records
Fat Joe All or Nothing Terror Squad, Atlantic
June 21 9th Wonder & Buckshot Chemistry Duck Down Music
Canibus Mind Control Tommy Boy Records
Guru Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures 7 Grand Records
June 27 Kano Home Sweet Home 679
June 28 Bizarre Hannicap Circus Sanctuary Urban
Twiztid Man's Myth (Vol. 1) Psychopathic Records
Ying Yang Twins USA (United State Of Atlanta) TVT Records
July 5 Missy Elliott The Cookbook The Goldmind Inc., Atlantic Records
July 12 Felt Felt, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet Rhymesayers Entertainment
Frayser Boy Me Being Me Hypnotize Minds
July 26 Buck 65 Secret House Against the World WEA
Jeezy Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 CTE World, Def Jam Recordings
Trey Songz I Gotta Make It Atlantic
Twiztid Mutant (Vol. 2) Psychopathic Records
7L & Esoteric Moment of Rarities Babygrande Records
August 2 Necro The Sexorcist Psycho+Logical-Records
August 9 Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia Iron Fist Records
August 16 Vanilla Ice Platinum Underground Ultrax Records
August 23 Jim Jones Harlem: Diary of a Summer Diplomat, Koch
Kurupt Against the Grain Death Row Records, Koch Records
Pumpkinhead Orange Moon Over Brooklyn Soulspazm Records, Rawkus Records
Skrapz The 12 Step Program Genetic Soil LLC
August 30 Kanye West Late Registration Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
Tony Yayo Thoughts of a Predicate Felon G-Unit Records, Interscope Records
September 6 AZ A.W.O.L. Quiet Money Records
September 13 Big Shug Who's Hard? Sure Shot Recordings
DJ Quik Trauma Mad Science Records
Little Brother The Minstrel Show ABB Records, Atlantic Records
Paul Wall The Peoples Champ Swishahouse, Asylum, Atlantic
Smif-n-Wessun Smif 'n' Wessun: Reloaded Duck Down Music
U-God Mr. Xcitement Free Agency Recordings
September 20 Cage Hell's Winter Definitive Jux
David Banner Certified SRC Records, Universal Records
September 27 Bizzy Bone Speaking in Tongues 845 Entertainment
Blackalicious The Craft Anti-
Three 6 Mafia Most Known Unknown Hypnotize Minds, Sony Urban Music, Columbia Records
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth International Rock Star Records, Atlantic Records
October 3 Ms. Dynamite Judgement Days Polydor
October 4 Twista The Day After Atlantic Records
Atmosphere You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having Rhymesayers Entertainment
Why? Elephant Eyelash Anticon
Spice 1 The Truth High Powered Entertainment
Tragedy Khadafi Thug Matrix Fastlife
October 11 DANGERDOOM The Mouse and the Mask Epitaph Records
Warren G In the Mid-Nite Hour G-Funk Entertainment
October 18 Black Milk Sound of the City Music House, Fat Beats
Bun B Trill Rap-a-Lot Records, Asylum Records
Circle of Tyrants The Circle of Tyrants Psycho+Logical-Records
Ninja High School Young Adults Against Suicide Tomlab
Rev. Run Distortion Def Jam Recordings
October 25 DJ Muggs and GZA Grandmasters Angeles Records
November 1 Canibus Hip-Hop for Sale Babygrande Records
Fatlip The Loneliest Punk Delicious Vinyl
Public Enemy New Whirl Odor Slam Jamz Records
Tha Dogg Pound Dillinger & Young Gotti II: Tha Saga Continuez... Gangsta Advisory Records
November 8 Bigg Jus Poor People's Day Mush
Sheek Louch After Taxes D-Block Records, Koch Records
November 15 Mike Ladd Father Divine ROIR
November 22 Talib Kweli Right About Now Koch Records
Chamillionaire The Sound of Revenge Universal
Juelz Santana What the Game's Been Missing! Diplomat Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings
Nelly Sweatsuit Derrty, Fo' Reel, Universal
Rich Boyz Young Ballers: The Hood Been Good to Us Guttar Music
December 6 Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, Web Entertainment
Flame Rewind Cross Movement Records
Lil Wayne Tha Carter II Cash Money Records, Universal Records
December 13 Snoop Dogg Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents...Welcome to tha Chuuch: Da Album Doggystyle Records, Koch Records
December 27 Trick-Trick The People vs. Motown Records

Highest-charting singles[]

Hip hop singles from any year which charted in the 2005 Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100[2]
Song Artist Project Peak position
"Gold Digger" Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx Late Registration 1
"Candy Shop" 50 Cent The Massacre
"Hate It Or Love It" The Game featuring 50 Cent The Documentary 2
"Disco Inferno" 50 Cent The Massacre 3
"Just a Lil Bit"
"How We Do" The Game featuring 50 Cent The Documentary 4
"Soul Survivor" Jeezy featuring Akon Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
"Outta Control (Remix)" 50 Cent featuring Mobb Deep The Massacre 6
"When I'm Gone" Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits 8
"Get It Poppin'" Fat Joe featuring Nelly All or Nothing 9
"Bring Em Out" T.I. Urban Legend
"Mockingbird" Eminem Encore 11
"Stay Fly" Three 6 Mafia featuring Young Buck & 8Ball & MJG Most Known Unknown 13
"Girl Tonite" Twista featuring Trey Songz The Day After 14
"I Think They Like Me" Dem Franchize Boyz featuring Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat & Bow Wow Dem Franchize Boyz 15
"Wait (The Whisper Song)" Ying Yang Twins U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)
"Karma" Lloyd Banks featuring Avant The Hunger For More 17
"Window Shopper" 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin' (soundtrack) 20
"Sugar (Gimme Some)" Trick Daddy featuring Ludacris, Lil Kim & Cee-Lo Green Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets
"U Don't Know Me" T.I. Urban Legend 23
"Errtime" Nelly featuring Jung Tru & King Jacob The Longest Yard (soundtrack) 24
"Encore" Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent Encore 25
"Heard 'Em Say" Kanye West featuring Adam Levine Late Registration 26
"New York" Ja Rule featuring Fat Joe & Jadakiss R.U.L.E. 27
"Badd" Ying Yang Twins featuring Mike Jones & Mr. ColliPark U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta) 29
"Hope" Twista featuring Faith Evans Coach Carter (soundtrack) 31
"Fireman" Lil Wayne Tha Carter II 32
"Dreams" The Game The Documentary
"Like Toy Soldiers" Eminem Encore 34

Highest first-week sales[]

List of top ten albums with the highest first-week
Number Album Artist 1st-week sales 1st-week position Refs
1 The Massacre 50 Cent 1,140,000 1
2 Late Registration Kanye West 860,000 1
3 The Documentary The Game 586,000 1
4 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 441,000 1
5 Get Rich Or Die Tryin' OST Various Artists 317,000 2
6 Tha Carter II Lil Wayne 254,000 2
7 Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon Tony Yayo 214,000 2
8 U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta) Ying Yang Twins 201,000 2
9 Be Common 185,000 2
10 The Cookbook Missy Elliott 176,000 2

Highest critically reviewed albums (Metacritic)[]

Number Artist Album Average score Number of reviews Reference
1 M.I.A. Arular 88 33 reviews [3]
2 Kanye West Late Registration 85 31 reviews [4]
3 Edan Beauty And The Beat 85 18 reviews [5]
4 Common Be 83 26 reviews [6]
5 Gorillaz Demon Days 82 37 reviews [7]
6 DangerDoom The Mouse And The Mask 81 34 reviews [8]
7 Blackalicious The Craft 80 22 reviews
8 13 & God 13 & God 80 20 reviews
9 Roots Manuva Awfully Deep 80 19 reviews
10 Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas 79 23 reviews

See also[]

  • Previous article: 2004 in hip hop music
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  • 2005 in Swiss music


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 February 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "The Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.
  3. "Arular by M.I.A." Metacritic.
  4. "Late Registration by Kanye West". Metacritic.
  5. "Beauty And The Beat by Edan". Metacritic.
  6. "Be by Common". Metacritic.
  7. "Demon Days by Gorillaz". Metacritic.
  8. "The Mouse And The Mask by DangerDoom". Metacritic.

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