In the second half of the 1990s, some of the genre’s most prominent rappers began releasing double discs. It’s a trend that worked for some and failed others, and soon faded away. These days, thanks to a combination, most likely, of listeners’ inadequate attention spans, labels’ disinterest in paying increased publishing for more tracks, and other factors, double albums are a rarity. Yet, in a recent interview, Lupe Fiasco announced that his upcoming album Food & Liquor 2 is slated to be a double disc. In preparation for the Chicago MC’s lengthy offering, XXL looks back at 14 of the most prominent rap double discs. —Adam Fleischer
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