How did some of hip-hop’s biggest artists do on their second try? We compare sophomore albums to debut albums in this list.
Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to release the sequel to his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, as you well know. With the release of the untitled albumâs first single (or rather "statement")Â âiâÂ this Tuesday putting everyone in a frenzy, itâs only a matter of time until we get the full product. While Kendrick is a lyrical and creative genius who looks to be a mainstay in hip-hop for years to come, the bar has beenÂ set high for his second album. We wonât abandon him if he doesnât live up to those expectations. After all, Jay Zâs In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 was met with mixed reviewsâand he turned out all right.
Some artists come out the gate on fire and face the pressure of delivering a sophomore album that reaches the same heights. Others have something to prove when their debut doesnât leave a lasting impression. Before everyone has the opportunity to critique and dissect Kendrickâs upcoming album, letâs look at sophomore efforts from some of hip-hopâs biggest artists and see how they stack up to their first releases.