We’re about half way in between the first month of 2014 and already the anticipation is building at a feverish pace for new Hip Hop music to consume, critique and debate. And recent years have seen a lot of follow up and sequel albums by some of Hip Hop’s most notable names, from Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 (which fell a little flat with many listeners) to Eminem and MMLP2 (considered one of 2013’s best.) 2014 has no shortage of sequels either. Here are a few that many fans are looking forward to, a few of which are definitely happening, and one which is somewhat doubtful, but no less anticipated by the Hip Hop world.
KILLER MIKE AND EL P – RUN THE JEWELS 2
Last year’s Run The Jewels, an unofficial follow up to Mike’s 2012 solo project R.A.P. Music, was the darling of the music blog sphere in 2013, and with good reason. Killa Kill and Mr. Cancer 4 Cure have developed a chemistry that’s taken the collabo album in Hip Hop to new heights. So Run The Jewels 2, confirmed by Killer Mike himself, has a lot to live up to. Will the ATL King and the underground legend be able to surpass the original album’s success? We’ll just have to wait and see.
BUSTA RHYMES – EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT 2
Bussa Buss’s mid-to-late 90’s run of albums is the stuff of Hip Hop legend (The Coming in ‘96, When Disaster Strikes in ‘97, Extinction Level Event in ’98). And last year, the New York emcee teamed up with fellow longevity-laden artist Q-Tip, releasing the acclaimed mix tape The Abstract and The Dragon. It will interesting to see if Busta goes back to his old ways of obscene amounts of energy, or if he settles into the role of elder statesman, on the sequel to his 1998 album.
REDMAN – MUDDY WATERS 2
The original Muddy Waters is quite possibly one of the best albums from the year 1996. Then again, that was almost 20 years ago. True, Reggie Noble has had some respectable guest spots and mix tape appearances in the last few years, but does he still have the personality and the pull to get people to listen to the sequel of a Hip Hop album that came out nearly two lifetimes ago in Hip Hop? It’s a heavy task. Then again, it’s also a great opportunity for young bucks to go listen to the original and get a lesson in grimy, ultra lyrical and comical Hip Hop.
THE LOX – WE ARE THE STREETS 2
Releasing The Trinity earlier this month, the Yonkers trio of Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss seem to be looking to return to their street wise ways with this follow up album. The first We Are The Streets was an exercise in classic East Coast Hip Hop a la Mobb Deep and Capone-n-Noreaga, only more lyrical, with each emcee effortlessly trading bar after bar on song after song. The streets are definitely talking, and there’s not question they are hotly anticipating this one.
THE THRONE – WATCH THE THRONE 2
It’s on everyone’s minds and hearts. But nothing at this point is even close to being set in stone for the follow up to Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2011 ode to 1-percenter Hip Hop decadence. We’ve seen the “New Rules” on full display with the original Watch The Throne, as well as with Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail in 2013, making the anticipation for the sequel even greater. Honestly, we shouldn’t hold our collective breath in this writer’s estimation, but as Yeezy and Hova have already demonstrated, anything is possible when it comes to these two releasing music together.Google+