‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ from Eminem
Are sequel albums ever necessary? There have been plenty of them over the years, some brilliant, some totally superfluous. At best, they’re more of a great thing, such as 2013’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ from Eminem. Here’s some of the good, the bad and the immensely flaccid…
‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse’
Yes, Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ was better, but ‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse’ was a pretty skilled follow-up. The double-CD had no concept as such but ‘2’ was much poppier, reaping the hits ‘Excuse Me Miss’ and ’03 Bonnie & Clyde’. It also had a lot more guest appearances such as Beyoncé, Dr Dre, Killer Mike and Rakim.
Ostensibly a sequel in that Nas was trying to reaffirm his position in the rap world after his crown had fallen slightly after ‘Nastradamus’, ‘Stillmatic’ is seen as a sequel to ‘Illmatic’. Though ‘Illmatic’ is clearly Nas’s greatest album, ‘Stillmatic’ is an impressive follow-up.
‘Metropolis: Suites II and III – The ArchAndroid’
It’s not easy to tie conceptuality into music but Janelle Monáe does it with brio and class. ‘Metropolis: Suites II and III – The ArchAndroid’ finds her in ambitious form, executing the album with bundles of fun and a fizzing personality. NME gave it 8/10.
‘Guns‘n’Roses’ Use Your Illusion II’
‘Guns‘n’Roses’ Use Your Illusion II’ was one of two albums released with the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1991′ ‘Use Your Illusion II’ was more popular than the first instalment, selling 770,000 copies in its first week and hitting number 1 on the US and UK charts.