The Top 20 Rap Album Sequels of All Time
Raekwon got in on the sequel action in 2009
This August, 10 years after the first Documentary — an album whose success he hasn’t let us forget on any of his recordings since — Compton rapper The Game releases The Documentary 2. It's by no means rap's first album sequel. Whether MCs have wanted to continue an artistic vision, revisit an older style or celebrate an anniversary, there have been plenty of reasons over the years that they’ve released direct follow-ups, to the point where it even started a brief sequel fad at the top of the decade. We’ve revisited all of them, and have cut them down to the 20 best ones.
A few ground rules: These albums had to be direct sequel albums in title and intent. That means no “spiritual successors” and no mixtapes. We also didn’t include albums where sequels were released on the same day as the original, such as Esham’s Judgment Day 1 and 2, and Nelly’s Sweat and Suit.
So without any further ado ... here are our picks for the top 20 rap album sequels of all time.
20. Kool Keith, Nogatco Rd.
There have been three released sequels to Kool Keith’s groundbreaking Dr. Octagon project, on two of which (Dr. Octagon Part II and The Return of Dr. Octagon) his involvement seemed minimal at best. Nogatco Rd. is the best of the three, saved mostly through Keith working directly with underground producers at the time who had the same hunger as he did in ’96.
19. Onyx, Bacdafucup Part II
Almost a decade after first blowing up with the chaotic singles “Slam” and “Throw Ya Gunz,” Onyx reunited for Bacdafucup Part II. Containing songs that were direct sequels to its predecessor (“Slam Harder,” which sampled the Welcome Back, Kotter theme), Bacdafucup II’s greatest strength comes from how much fun you can tell the guys in Onyx had reuniting in the studio.
18. Lloyd Banks, H.F.M. 2
Bouncing back after his disappointing sophomore release Rotten Apple, Lloyd Banks decided to revisit his debut with H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger For More 2), saying he wanted to address some stories he didn't have a chance to touch on with The Hunger for More. It's a return to former glory with some successful singles on it.
17. 2 Chainz, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time
Boasting one of the strangest titles for a sequel, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time takes its acronym from Chainz’s Based on a True Story one year prior. The album benefits from being an immediate sequel, made directly after the original’s completion. Not much changed in that one year interval, and the results are in the rhymes.
16. Madvillain, Madvillainy 2
Label Stones Throw has been teasing a proper Madvillain follow-up since about 2006, but at some point producer Madlib decided to just remix collaborator MF Doom’s vocals from the original and put it out as the sequel. As cool as the beats are, it just barely qualifies as a sequel, and we hope Doom someday peppers the production with original lyrics.
15. Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000
Upon his 1999 release from prison, Death Row final boss Suge Knight wasn’t immediately going to reconcile with estranged artist Dr. Dre. As Dre was said to be preparing a follow-up to his 1992 album The Chronic, Knight decided to beat him to the punch by releasing a compilation of the label’s new artists as Chronic 2000. While it’s a release more known for the beef it caused, there’s still some great late '90s gangsta rap on this double-disc set that’s worth a revisit.
14. Bun B, II Trill, Trill O.G.
Bun B originally dropped Trill in 2005 while UGK partner-in-rhyme Pimp C was incarcerated. The follow-up, released roughly six months after Pimp C's death, was another collaboration-heavy endeavor, giving us the UGK sound just when we needed it most. The third sequel, Trill O.G. (“Trilogy”), doesn’t quite live up to its clever title.
13. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Attempting to recreate the aesthetic of 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, largely considered his magnum opus, Eminem surprised fans with the announcement of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013. While there’s nothing comparable to the Rihanna collaboration on the original, tracks like “Rap God” gave us an Eminem who has something to prove again.
12. Method Man, Tical 2000: Judgement Day
Considered by many to be the first rap album sequel, 1998’s Tical 2000: Judgement Day debuted at number two, just behind a Garth Brooks double-live album. Method Man’s futuristic take on his dusted-out original was just brooding enough for devoted Wu completists, with a few crossover moments like the D’Angelo-assisted “Break Ups 2 Make Ups.”
11. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Responding to justified criticisms that her debut album, Pink Friday, didn’t have enough actual rapping on it, Nicky Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was half straightforward rap album, followed by a second half that was entirely a traditional pop album. Roman Reloaded is Minaj having her cake and eating it too.
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