RECENTLY we learned that Run The Jewels aka Killer Mike and El-P are working RTJ3 which is huge news but that got me thinking about my most anticipated sequels in the hip hop music world.
Kanye & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne 2
Possibly my most waited on album, their first effort Watch The Throne was a collaboration the world had been waiting for, two of the (if not the two) biggest, most important artists of our generation built on years of collaborations and friendship to drop one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of all time. It didn’t disappoint. Watch The Throne had everything, the radio/club crossover hits in ‘Niggas In Paris’ and ‘No Church In The Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)’ to the hip hop purist tunes like the massively under-appreciated ‘The Joy’, despite it criticisms it was a perfect collaboration. Now we all eagerly await the follow-up, but with Kanye reportedly busy on SWISH and near radio silence from Jay’s camp we not hold our breath for the follow-up
MF DOOM & Madlib – Madvillainy 2
The greatest underground hip hop album ever made? Some (myself included) would agree, a truly inspired collaboration between one of the best wordsmiths and one of the best makers ever. Ranked in many publications as one of the best albums since the turn of the century, a statement that rings true for many, Madvillainy is exactly that villainous, outrageous and unheard of samples from Madlib lay the foundation for DOOM to dance over lyrically. The likes of ‘Curls’, ‘Accordion’ and ‘Figaro’ sum it up DOOM spitting flames over some of Madlib’s best ever production while neither takes away from the other, both shine through as defining talents our time. Rumours of a follow-up have been doing the rounds for years, with Madlib reportedly just waiting on DOOM to finish his rhymes for the potential sequel. (If this comes out I will literally cry/die with happiness)
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V
Much has been made of Weezy’s current trouble with one time close confidant (to the point he called him dad) Birdman and his label Cash Money, but regardless of the trouble between the two we just want to hear the new Wayne joint Tha Carter V which has been delayed over and over again without any real explanation. Tha Carter series, alongside The Dedication series, thrust Lil Wayne into the spotlight. Songs like ‘Lollipop’ and ‘A Milli’ certified Wayne into the hip hop hall of fame, able to blend hardcore hip hop and pop like no other he is undeniably a star and vitally important to the world hip hop. Despite falling off in recent years (let’s not even talk about Rebirth) Wayne appears to be back to his effervescent best with features on A$AP Rocky’s ‘M’$’ and Tyler, the Creator’s ‘SMUCKERS’ proving Wayne still has what it takes to body the best, we can only hope Birdman comes to his senses and let’s Tha Carter V out sooner rather than later.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata 2
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib seemed like an unlikely collaboration before they hooked up for Piñata back in 2014, Gibbs a gangster/street rapper known for his work with Young Jeezy and Madlib known for…well you know from this list… amongst other incredible hits. But when the two combined magic that Harry Potter would be jealous of happened, Piñata was one of, if not the best hip hop album of 2014, combining Gibbs’ ever on point delivery and lyrical content with Madlib’s ever reliable, ever incredible production to create an album most artists could only dream of. Underground/critical hits such as ‘Thuggin” and ‘Deeper’ certified the album as a classic, and one that I bump to still on a daily basis, we can only hope that the two talented artists have something upcoming in the works.
Run The Jewels – RTJ3
As mentioned at the beginning of this post this album is already in the works. After two highly successful and simply brilliant albums Run The Jewels aka Killer Mike (who should be platinum) and El-P are set to release a third album in the series of their Run The Jewels collaboration, and it can’t come soon enough.
Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G. – Brooklyn’s Finest
Ok so obviously this is never going to happen, but after their first collaboration ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ which featured on Jay’s stellar debut album Reasonable Doubt I can’t help but speculate how good this album could’ve been. Rumoured to have been in the works before Biggie’s untimely demise, Brooklyn’s Finest would’ve been a collaboration between two of the greatest rappers to have graced the mic going bar for bar… we can dream.
That’s it for the moment, while there are no doubt so many more that I missed, these are my most anticipated/hoped for sequels in the rap game. Sound off in the comments below to let us know your most anticipated sequels.