Notable Events:
- Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP is released on 5/23/2000
- Deltron 3030's Deltron 3030 is released on 5/23/2000

May 2000 is a massive month in rap history for two reasons: Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP and Deltron 3030. One was a major coup for mainstream hip-hop, the other was the same, for the underground. For an idea of just how insanely huge The Marshall Mathers LP's impact was, and why, really, its release alone is enough to place May 2000 as one of the genre's greatest months, consider this: The album sold 1.76 million copies in its first week. That's still the third best first-week tally in American history, and is only bested by 'N Sync's last two albums. Deltron 3030 was the debut from the supergroup of the same name comprised of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and DJ Kid Koala. The album struck a chord with its conceptual presentation, relevant commentary on corporate power, and futuristic themes. All three members went on to work with Gorillaz, solidifying the appreciation of their contributions to music. —Ernest Baker