We’re starting to get that 2000 feeling again. Probably because Eminem recently dyed his hair blonde again, dropped some new music, and decided to call his new album, which is due out on November 5, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It's the sequel to his second album, The Marshall Mathers LP, which was released 13 years ago, and it's got people excited to see the real Slim Shady stand up again.

However, Em isn’t the first rapper to use this technique when releasing a new album. In the last 15 years, there have been quite a few rappers who have released "sequels" to previous albums. Some have done it to celebrate the greatness of their prior projects, while others have done it simply to drum up interest in albums that would probably get overlooked otherwise. Much like in the movie industry, it's clear that album sequels have turned into a trend and are here to stay.

So with Slim Shady's sequel set to hit stores soon, we thought we would put together A History of Rap Album Sequels to see how all of the sequels out there stacked up against their originals when they were released.

Written by Chris Yuscavage (@ChrisYuscavage) 

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