By Chris Yuscavage
In case you missed it on the radio, on MTV and on the rap blogs last summer, Eminem‘s “Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna—the second single from Em’s chart-topping album, Recovery—was the truth. While the track reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and landed on the charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and even Russia, the controversial music video for the song broke a YouTube record for most views in 24 hours by generating more than 6 million hits in a day.
So it really shouldn’t be surprising to hear that Em and Rihanna reunited for “Love The Way You Lie (Part II).” Though the Barbadian singer recently told MTV that she initially balked at the idea of creating a sequel to the song, she eventually gave in and the pair recorded the song for her forthcoming album, Loud. And thanks to the success of their first collaboration, can you really blame her?
Here at RapFix, we’re all for capitalizing on the success of a powerful single by creating a seque—provided, of course, it’s done in good taste. In fact, some of hip-hop’s best songs, including tracks like Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones (Part II)” and Rick Ross’s “Maybach Music Pt. 2,” have been sequels. So with that in mind, we hatched a list of 10 more memorable rap songs that deserve a sequel.
The Original Song: “Can’t Knock The Hustle” by Jay-Z featuring Mary J. Blige
The Sequel: “Still Can’t Knock The Hustle”
The Result: Hov told folks they couldn’t knock his hustle all the way back in 1996. Fast forward almost 15 years and every rapper under the sun (what up, MC Hammer?) is still trying to do it. Let this sequel serve as a reminder to people: Jay-Z is still not to be messed with.
The Original Song: “Best I Ever Had” by Drake
The Sequel: “Best I Ever Had Now”
The Result: When Drizzy recorded his biggest single to date in 2008, he was still “that guy from Degrassi” who was trying to put together a career singing and rapping. Now? He’s one of the biggest MCs on the planet. We’re gonna guess that his “best” back then couldn’t hold a candle to his best today. Just sayin’.
The Original Song: “Made You Look” by Nas
The Sequel: “Made You Look (Again)”
The Result: After a very public beef with Jay-Z in 2001, folks needed to know Nas still had it. In 2002, he proved he did on “Made You Look.” After a very public divorce from ex-wife Kelis, folks need to know Nas still has it again. Distant Relatives with Damien Marley was dope, but where is the Stillmatic Nas?
The Original Song: “Tha Block Is Hot” by Lil Wayne
The Sequel: “Tha Block Was Hot”
The Result: For as often as we’ve read about it, heard about it and watched it happen, we’re still not 100 percent sure why Weezy was carrying the gun that landed him behind bars for most of this year. We could guess but why not just have him explain it to us on the sequel to one of his first successful singles?
The Original Song: “Good Life” by Kanye West
The Sequel: “Back to the Good Life”
The Result: After sending us to the store for Kleenex by dropping 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, ‘Ye owes us a nice feel-good track like this, doesn’t he?
The Original Song: “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” by Snoop Doggy Dogg
The Sequel: “Who Am I (And What’s My Name Again)?” by Snoop Dogg
The Result: When Snoop introduced himself to the world on his debut single back in 1993, he made it very clear what he was all about. But somewhere between his No Limit days and his recent collaborations with Soulja Boy, we seem to have forgotten. How about dropping a reminder—over a Dr. Dre beat, please!— Snoop?
The Original Song: “Stan” by Eminem
The Sequel: “Stanley”
The Result: After all of the indulgences Slim Shady fans (allegedly) popped back in the day, can you imagine what they must be like now that they’re all grown up?!
The Original Song: “Westside Story” by The Game featuring 50 Cent
The Sequel: “Another Westside Story”
The Result: Game’s got a situation on his hands: He can’t get his next album, The R.E.D. Album, cleared for a release date. The problem? He’s got no hit record right now. Rather than make another song with Robin Thicke or Justin Timberlake (nothin’ but love, fellas, but enough with the Game collabos!), why not take it back to simply repping for the West on your records?
The Original Song: “I Used To Love H.E.R.,” by Common
The Sequel: “I Used To Love When I Used To Love H.E.R.”
The Result: Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear what the 2010 Common has to say to the 1994 Common?
What rap sequel song would you like to hear? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!