The first thing you note with this album is its consistency, especially for a rap album. Every single beat for each track is endlessly listenable, even if you don't like the lyrics of some of the songs, although why someone who bought a rap album wouldn't like these lyrics is beyond me. The lyrics themselves and the flows of the rappers are top-notch. Another thing you'll notice is how nice it is to have someone in Royce da 5'9 who can keep up with Eminem and not only that but overtake him at times, but the best way to listen is to enjoy the merits of both without making it a competition. Personally I enjoyed Royce's parts more than Eminems but thats probably because we all know what to expect from Eminem.
What is good in this album however is that its all about the rap, there's no posing, no wasted energy, just good rap on slick beats and if this is what we can expect from Shady Records in the future then it looks like real rap might be making a come-back (thank God!). It will be interesting to see if Royce's solo effort can match his performance here when he has no Eminem to bounce off, and I hope he can because this album has turned me into a fan. Also we'll see how Slaughterhouse get on.
The only qualm I have with Hell: The Sequel is the inclusion of 'Lighters' which, as has been pointed out, just doesn't fit with the rest of the album - which is raw and downbeat. That song could easily have been released separately and left off the album. But if that is the only thing wrong with the album (because it isn't a bad song, just out of place) then it is pretty safe to say that this EP is a bit of a classic and one that will hopefully usher in a new era of rap that will blow the fake thug r'n'b rap scenario out of the water for good!