The new Rihanna album Loud will be hitting stores in a few weeks, and thanks to a news blast from RocNation we now know the official track list. We already knew that the album would feature collaborations with Drake ("What's My Name?") and Nicki Minaj ("Raining Men"), but the full list points to a collaboration with Eminem on the familiar-sounding "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)."
Of course, the original "Love the Way You Lie" was a chart-topping smash from Eminem's multi-platinum Recovery, so it's logical that Rihanna would want to continue the narrative. Rihanna is hardly the first artist to follow up a hit song with a sequel, and as you can see below, she will be in excellent company.
Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind (Part II)"
Perhaps the clearest antecedent for "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)," Alicia Keys followed-up her chart-topping guest appearance on Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" with a mellow version of her own that appeared on her 2009 album The Element of Freedom. Though not as big a chart success as the original, it still continued the vibe of the first tune.
Metallica, "Unforgiven II"
Metallica's breakthrough self-titled 1991 album featured a number of tracks that became iconic in the band's catalog (including "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters"). It also contained "The Unforgiven," which got not one but two sequels from the band. "The Unforgiven II" was one of the better tracks on their 1997 album ReLoad, and "The Unforgiven III" was one of the less-good tunes from 2008's Death Magnetic.
Master P, "Make 'Em Say Uhh #2"
During the height of the No Limit era, Master P never met a gimmick he didn't like, and when "Make 'Em Say Uhh" became a surprise hit for the New Orleans rapper, he went ahead and came back around to it on his 1998 album MP Da Last Don. In a rare twist, the sequel is actually a little livelier than the original and also contains a pretty sweet verse from Snoop Dogg.
Gary Glitter, "Rock and Roll Part 2"
Before he was known for being a sex offender, Gary Glitter's main claim to fame was as the author of the tune that became known as "The Hey Song," a mostly-instrumental piece of glam rock that ended up becoming a huge sports anthem. "Part 1" is a rambling jam about the history of rock and roll, but the real juice is in the sequel.
Rah Digga, "Straight Spittin' Part II"
The first "Straight Spittin'" appeared on The Imperial, the only album released by Busta Rhymes' posse the Flipmode Squad. But Rah Digga, the only female of the group, took the posse track a step further on her debut solo joint Dirty Harriet. In fact, she has continued the tradition, as "Straight Spittin' Part III" was on Digga's never-released album Everything is a Story, and one of the best songs on her recent comeback album Classic is "Straight Spittin' IV."
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