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Part Deux: 7 Unnecessary Sequels Inspired by Eminem’s ‘Mathers 2’

Do we really need follow-ups to ‘The Wall’ and ‘Kid A’?

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Eminem is back on the charts with The Marshall Mathers LP 2, a sequel to his 2000 hit. It's the music industry's biggest sequel since Meat Loaf did Bat Out Of Hell 2. Em's get-off-my-lawn statement finally answers the questions of his minivan Stans: Is Em still mad at his parents, his ex, the gays and everybody else he hated 15 years ago? (Spoiler: Yes! Yo Shady, your therapist has a degree, right?) But Eminem will definitely inspire loads of other album sequels. Here are a few we're predicting for next year.

by Rob Sheffield

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Steely Dan, ‘Skate a Little Lower Now’

In this bold sequel to Gaucho, the chick in "Hey Nineteen" is now 52. But like everybody else on the album, she's old and on drugs.

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Sisqo, ‘Re-Unleash The Dragon’

A sequel to that old R&B album your mom plays on those weekend afternoons when she locks herself in the bathroom after asking if you have any spare AA batteries. Sure, Sisqo's tried this before with Return of Dragon and Last Dragon. But wait till your mom hears "Thong Song 2014: The Thong Remains The Same!"

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The Strokes, ‘Comedown Machine’

Over a decade past the classic Is This It?, the Strokes decide that was that. To celebrate their maturity, they muffle the guitars and get philosophical about karma. Tuckered out by all that exertion, they nix a tour and use the record-company logo for artwork. Wait a minute – this one already happened?

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