When you find a great idea for a song
your happy if it is accepted and respected
for the art of work, once.
When you have an idea great enough to
you to deserve a sequel your lucky and
skilled at the same time.
Lucky that the song was taken with open
arms and skilled in that you have to be
ready to take a concept and stretch, change,
and manipulate it to be the a brand new
song but still relevant to the bigger
picture, the overall concept.
In music in general this is so uncommon
because it strips the artist of originality,
forces the author to conform to a pattern
or theme albeit their own past pattern
There are those MC's and groups who decide
that whatever reasons a sequel is justified.
Maybe it’s a change to depict more
of the same ideas, maybe it’s a
chance to collaborate with the same talent,
and maybe it’s for more money and
the demand of the people.
For whatever reason these MC's and groups
put together a collection of songs that
are old but new familiar but at the same
time different. Here are just a few of
my favorites, if you have them revisit
them, if not go to your music source and
Trife Life, Parts I and II, by Mobb Deep:
The Mobb gives you the gritty on shady
women and traveling at the same time.
Superman Lover, Parts I-IV, by Redman:
The Funk Doctor Spot takes us on his weed,
Friend or Foe, Parts I and II, by Jay-Z:
Witty and through statement of Jay-Z skills,
crazily places you in the middle of a
shakedown between an old hustler and a
new group trying to make a come-up on
the hustler’s territory
NY State of Mind, Parts I and II, by
Nas: Gives you a life report on the mentality
that prevails in the City of New York,
through a young man’s eyes then
later with more experiences as a grown
man. This definite classic acappella,
even without the influence of Premier’s
crazy piano-laced beats.
Crooklyn Dodgers, Parts I and II, by
Various Artists: Spike Lee’s influence
on culture is past movies. Inspired by
the movies Crooklyn and Clockers and featuring
artists like Chubb Rock, Special Ed, Buckshot
of Black Moon, and Masta Ace, these were
two of the first and best songs to bring
together rappers from different crews
for a united slaying of the mic.
Scenario, Parts I and II, by A Tribe
Called Quest and The Leaders of the New
School: The Best group song of all time
in Scenario I with the almost equal part
II. Ask yourself this question if you’re
in your 20's: Do you know anyone who doesn't
know the lyrics to Scenario part I (at
least to sing it when the song comes on)?
What Your Lifelike, Parts I and II, by
Beanie Sigel: A rare look into a non-commercial
version of Beanie not normally given to
you by Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella crew,
breaks down the life of an prisoner in
amazing detail and will have you saying
that's what I want to hear all the time.
Shows great perspective and for the instances
you hear that song, you'll understand
why he was compared to the Biggie Smalls
Stamina (Lyrical, Physical), by Jeru
Da Damaja: The Damaja tests lyricists
with wordy phrases and the change-up of
styles; Premier again does it again with
The Next Episode, Parts I and II, by
Dr. Dre and Various Artists: Dre with
hits you with the Funkadelic beat in the
first and the keys banging in the second
part of The Next Episode, a definite club
banger no matter what year!
Da Art of Storytellin, Parts 1 and II.
By Outkast: Tells the story of two (three,
if you know of the Slick Rick remix version)
girls and their lives for its opportunities
and its struggles. The second part is
the chaos that ensues.
Proceed, Parts I-III, by The Roots: The
song series that brought many to the attention
of Philly’s own, showing the combination
of the instruments with lyrics by Malik
B., Black Thought and Bahamadia on Proceed
II these efforts helped bring the Roots
from "under the ground".
Do you have a list? If you have any suggestions
or questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org,