There are a pair of highly anticipated sequel albums coming out this month. Nas’ Lost Tapes 2 aims to follow up the cutting room floor format of the original Lost Tapes, with tracks culled from his expansive vault. Nas has recorded so many tracks in that he’s already announced there will be a Lost Tapes 3 and 4 down the road.
Elsewhere, Rick Ross is seeking to rekindle the magic of his debut Port Of Miami album, which featured “Everyday I’m Hustlin,” the get-on-your-grind anthem that catapulted him into hip-hop stardom. 13 years later, Ross is an iconic figure in the rap game looking to show that he’s still got the juice just like he did in 2006. Nas and Ross are releasing the latest sequel albums in a gradually growing canon of artists looking to breathe new light into their opuses. Sometimes the strategy is a home run like Dr. Dre’s (The Chronic) 2001, but there are other projects that just shouldn’t have been associated with classic work.
Here are some of the most notable sequel albums, ranked in terms of how well they stack up to their predecessor. Famed album series like The Blueprint, Tha Carter, and others weren’t considered for the list: