Taste Test: Sequelized Songs

A » "N.Y. State of Mind" (Illmatic, 1994)
B » "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II" (I Am…, 1999)

I choose A.

A's instrumental is sick; B's instrumental is sick-ly.

Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg / Eminem, Dr. Dre
A » "Bitch Please" (No Limit Top Dogg, 1999)
B » "Bitch Please II" (The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000)

I choose B.

Dre took a mulligan and aced his second shot, replacing Snoop with Nate on chorus and tightening cadences.

A » "Anthem" (Enema of the State, 1999)
B » "Anthem Part Two" (Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, 2001)

I will be contrarian and choose A, caveman lyrics and all.

A sounds more anthemic to me – and less overproduced.

A » "The Unforgiven" (The Black Album, 1991)
B » "The Unforgiven II" (ReLoad, 1997)
C » "The Unforgiven III" (Death Magnetic, 2008)

This is like the musical equivalent of the Skulls trilogy.

If I must choose, then A.

David Bowie
A » "Space Oddity" (Space Oddity, 1969)
B » "Ashes to Ashes" (Scary Monsters [and Super Creeps], 1980)

I choose B.

It's a grower, not a shower. The video, however, is indefensible.


  1. Josh 10 Jun 09 at 21:33

    what was the song snoop did where he talks about the next episode?

  2. Jon 11 Jun 09 at 00:06

    uhh… "the next episode"?

  3. Josh 11 Jun 09 at 01:32

    no, the first one w/ dre. the one preceding the next episode.

  4. Jon 11 Jun 09 at 01:50

    "nuthin' but a 'g' thang"?

  5. Josh 11 Jun 09 at 20:27

    yup. the first references the second while the 2nd references the 1st. same goes for queen 'bicycle race' and 'fat bottomed girls'. don't those count?


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