Pick your favorite sophomore album

Not a definitive list of great sophomore albums, it’s just random. Pick your favorite and post your reasons why. –Philaflava

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23 Responses to “Pick your favorite sophomore album”

  1. TED says:

    the low end theory
    the infamous
    stress: the extinction agenda
    de la soul is dead
    coast II coast
    still standing
    step in the arena
    done by the forces of nature
    life after death
    by all means necessary
    supreme clientele
    chronic 2001
    street level (it’s their 1st album though)
    it’s a big daddy thing
    black bastards
    Wanted: Dead or Alive
    wu tang forever
    inner city griots
    follow the leader
    illadelph halflife
    liquid swords
    dare iz a darkside
    big tyme
    immobilarity (kidding)
    fuck it, i still listen to funk your head up more than most of these

  2. DJ PIGG says:

    Tough decision!

    From the list provided, I’d have to say that Paul’s Boutique just beats Niggaz4Life.

    If I could choose a rap album not on your list I’d have a hard time choosing between the Beasties, NWA and these albums:

    Paris – Sleeping With The Enemy
    Consolidated – Friendly Fa$cism
    Public Enemy – … Nation of Millions…
    Busta Rhymes – When Disaster Strikes
    Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury (Michael Franti’s second album)

  3. mosesjonesjr says:

    Technically The Roots’ sophomore album is Do You Want More?

    Their first being Organix

    Unless, of course, your talking about albums on a major record label

  4. Sean says:

    Paul’s Boutique is the only Beasties LP I really listen to at all.

    Damn, I thought Resurrection was Common’s first?

    Follow the Leader is good but the album before and after are even better.

  5. Strategy says:

    From this list I think I would take Resurrection as a favorite. But from the perspective of a sophmore album being an improvement on the debut, I don’t think anything on this list can top Liquid Swords.

  6. Vaughan Johnson says:

    A good list to be sure but if it weren’t for Paul’s Boutique (possibly the best hip-hop album ever) Ice Cube’s Death Certificate would have been my choice.

  7. AK says:

    Out of those, GZA.

    We can’t forget UGK’s “Super Tight”, though.

    Also, really though: “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” Can’t leave that out.

  8. Jaz says:

    Wow that is mad hard, also not to be picky but The Beatnuts sophomore LP was Stone Crazy, their first release was an EP.

    It’s between…

    Outkast – ATLiens
    Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
    N.W.A. – Niggaz4life (Efil4zaggin)
    Eric B. & Rakim – Follow The Leader
    Brand Nubian – In God We Trust
    GZA – Liquid Swords
    Common – Resurrection
    The Roots – Illadelph Halflife

    for me.


  9. olskool4real says:

    I voted for the GZA simply because the first album was Words of the Genuise was booty!!Listening to both albums is like night and day 4real. Liquid Swords was crazy and heavy at the time it dropped. I agree with the others on the artist posted. The other thing is how do you top Paid in Full cause they made great albums but none like that again!!!

  10. tak4prez says:

    i don’t think it’s the best of the bunch, but i think jeru’s wrath of the math deserves a nod at the very least.

  11. versive says:

    Liquid Swords
    Follow The Leader
    Paul’s Boutique

  12. Slick Vicious says:

    Wow… So none a y’all like It Was Written??? Idgaf, I think it’s a phenomenal album. Have you listened to it recently? Listen to it real loud n tell me it ain’t fire… The Message, Take it n Blood, Live Nigga Rap??? Something else to keep n mind… N artists 2nd LP is the one they wanted to make 1st, but usually didn’t have the budget or profile to so… N I can’t believe no one mentioned Wu-Tang Forever.

  13. hl says:

    It Was Written

  14. Kool Max Power says:

    weak, uninspired list.

  15. Nel says:

    It Was Written should be on this list…Even though people hate it….I think they hate it because it was a follow up of Illmatic and it wasn’t wat people wanted or expected from Nas…Either way it was still a classic!!

  16. frank_be says:

    If Low End or Supreme Clientele were options I would’ve voted for them, but I went with ATliens. Resurrection Infamous Wu Forever Labincab and IWW are all personal favorites as well.

  17. chronwell says:

    Com’s 1st album from ’92was humdrum to me.He showed talent but on this one, he showed Chicago could do the classic thing as good as NY. He broght his A-game here. I like Jewelz and ATLienad and Halflife but those guys 1st album were way better than Com’s.

  18. justron says:

    It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

  19. GhostDog says:

    Outkast – ATLiens, still my fav Outkast album. A hip-hop a classic.

  20. Anthony says:

    Correct me if Im wrong, but wasnt NWA’s first album “NWA & the Posse”?
    This would make Straight Outta Compton their sophmore album…

    Low End Theory?
    DelaSoul is Dead?
    if you count Pete&Cls first Ep as an album, then you HAVE to put Mecca and the Soul Brother…
    Death Certificate?
    By All Means Necessary?
    Big Daddys 2nd album?
    PE-Nation of Millions to Hold us Back??
    Even… Jungle Bros Done By The Forces of Nature.

    Seems like the more modern you get, the weaker “full” albums get.
    But I might even throw Kanye’s 2nd on there as an honorable mention. He cries a lot, but he does try a lot.

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