Do Not Duplicate: Albums That Shouldn't Have Sequels

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  • Nas, Illmatic
  • Nas, Illmatic
  • The Fugees, Fugees, The Score
  • Reasonable Doubt, Jay Z
  • OutKast, Southerplayalisticadillacmuzik
  • Game, The Game, The Documentary, Dr. Dre, G-Unit
  • 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  • Doggystyle, Snoop Dogg, No Limit, Death Row
  • T.I., Trap Muzik
  • Common, Kanye West, Be
  • Lil Kim, Hardcore

Nas, Illmatic

Nas set the bar — for himself and other rappers — immeasurably high with his classic debut, Illmatic. It has become like hip hop scripture. While the Queens rapper still has the skills to mirror the impeccable lyricism he displayed on the 1994 release, there’s something about trying to remake the moment that he captured two decades ago that feels equal parts difficult and blasphemous. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records)

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