Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre: How have rap sequel albums fared?

'I Am Not a Human Being,' 'Blueprint,' 'The Chronic' and... remember Lloyd Banks?

Rappers seem to love sequels as much as film studio executives. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre and Raekwon have tried to replicate earlier success by releasing a sequel, a threequel or even a four-quel to a hit album (or the one that got them through the door). Lil Wayne has sold hundreds of thousands of copies of "I Am Not a Human Being II," for instance, in his most recent release. But, critically, is it better than the first?

Some artists have met more success than others, with few follow-ups topping the initial offering. We compiled a list of some notable hip-hop album sequels to see how they stack up.

Check out the charting positions and critical analysis on what worked for sequels from Lupe Fiasco, Lloyd Banks, Hov, Weezy, Dre, Twista, Raekwon, Method Man and Redman.

[Additional reporting by Dave Lewis.]

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After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.
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