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Ready To Die

Notorious B.I.G. Audio CD
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1. Intro
2. Things Done Changed
3. Gimme The Loot
4. Machine Gun Funk
5. Warning
6. Ready To Die
7. One More Chance
8. #!*@ Me
9. The What
10. Juicy
11. Everyday Stuggle
12. Me & My Bitch
13. Big Poppa
14. Respect
15. Friend Of Mine
16. Unbelievable
17. Suicidal Thoughts

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During the Reagan era of "all-for-me" economics, MCs like Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap painted pictures of silky rap gangsterism inspired by movies like The Mack and Superfly. Out of the post-Reagan rubble came Notorious B.I.G.'s debut, the hustler reality trip Ready to Die (also the LP debut of beat-thief producer Sean "Puffy" Combs). Biggie still rhymes about the gold, the Moet, and the ladies, but he also reveals the casualties on the road from struggler to hustler to player. "Juicy" sets up Biggie's rags-to-riches story, but then the curtain gets pulled back with unapologetic, hardcore tracks like "Gimme the Loot" and "Machine Gun Funk". It's a funky album (just try not throwing your hands in the air when you hear "Big Poppa"), and it's a powerful album--possibly even the Mayflower of 1990s East Coast hustler rap. --Todd Levin

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Ready To Die Anniversary CD & DVD has been Re-Mixed and Re-Mastered for better sound quality, includes NEVER RELEASED tracks "Dreams" and "Who Shot Ya", and DVD which includes LIVE B.I.G. performance, NEVER BEFORE SEEN and B.I.G. video catalogue including extended CINEMATIC version of "Warning".

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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Ready To Die June 9 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just simply a classic album. Slick Rick would be proud of the story telling on this one. B.I.G. really destroys the mic and left a legacy to early.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great cd. I highly recommend it! March 11 2012
By doc
Format:Audio CD
Great compact disc, nice combination with DVD. I highly recommend this cd to everybody interested. Another great album for any hip hop fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biggie, Biggie Smalls is the illest March 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? This is a rap wonder. The Notorious was Gloriuous and he showed us why. For the past 3 years b4 this album came out the west dominated rap, with albums like The Chronic, Doggystyle and G Funk Era. This album singlehandedly brought the East Coast back in the game and paved the way for other East Coast MCs like Nas, Jay-Z and Lil Kim. The reason being that Biggie knew what he wanted, and got laced up with ill beats by Puff Daddy, sampled or not (I cant imagin hearing Juicy with any other beat). In some songs like Gimmie Da Loot he shows us why he wasnt Mr Nice Guy, where some of his lyrics had to be edited. But i think the gem of this album is without a doubt JUICY! HE takes from the start to the finish and tears the mic up with the best song of all time. Doesnt cuss, simply describes how his lifestyle had changed. ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Livest One from Bedford-Stuyvesant Dec 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
Anything but five stars is a desgrace to Biggie's legacy.
He's got a crystal clear approach and don't be fooled by the subject matter the guy was smart, strong, and better than anybody else out there. Nobody has even come close to what he has done. Really it's a shame that he was killed. He didn't deserve to die. Reading about what happened and watching the Broomfield documentary is seems B.I.G. was just a way to sell a story that Tupac's death was an East Coast versus West Coast rivalry.
Biggie had a way of mixing everything together, making every line new, and always making sense. He was a guy who said something, not that everything had a point, but that everything had a story. You decide what you take from it. Look below:
I got 357 ways to simmer sautee I'm the winner all day
Lights get dimmer down Biggie's hallway
My forte causes caucausians to say
he sounds demented, car weed scented
If I said I meant it
bite my tongue for noone
Now check that out, it's raw, witty, uses conventional and unconventional rhyme schemes and it's funky. When it's on the stereo you wanna dance. And meanwhile you're thinking. This is not everyday hip-hop. This was Michael Jordan in the NBA or Babe Ruth in MLB. This is a one-time phenomenon. I doubt hip-hop will ever have a mayor like Biggie again.
If you look at the rhymes of the above lines it puts him on caliber with the great British poets of the early nineteenth century. He has regular end-rhymes, and then adds internal rhymes and resets the rhyme, climaxing with 'bite my tongue for noone' which is a classic inside rhyme finding the like sounds in 'tongue' and 'noone.' And this line is not a real standout. That's why it stands out so much. Every line is this good and some are even better! This ranks BIG with T.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready To Die March 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
It isn't very often that a rapper's first release can pack the punch of Notorious B.I.G.'s debut masterpiece, an album that dominated popular radio stations and single handedly had hip-hop fans calling him the newly crowned King of New York.
But that is exactly what Ready To Die, an unapologetic and violent trip through the life of a drug-dealing hustler turned successful rapper, does from its flashback opening to its jaw-dropping finish.
Laying out his album in story form, B.I.G.'s songs range from the hardest of hardcore to the smoothest player anthems found in the music world, all laced over flawless production from various beat makers.
And while Biggie rips the microphone like no other mc can touch him, the thing that truly sets him apart from the other rapping hustlers is how he makes it painfully obvious that he doesn't want to live that kind of life. In fact, the album's highest moment comes on the triumphant "Juicy", a rags to riches dream come true that can give hope to even the poorest individual.
Deep, dark and depressing while also carefree, fun-loving and uplifting, the Notorious B.I.G. touches on all emotions with a powerful release that will go down as one of the best of all-time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars POSSIBLY THE BEST RAP ALBUM EVER MADE July 21 2006
By chris
Format:Audio CD
it is actually quite hard for me to put in to words how good this album actually is, but i will try to, first off, biggie or notorious B.I.G is an incredible MC, he has a terrific booming, commanding voice, he has an incredible ability to thyme words, and at some times on this album you will hear him string together 9,10 or even 11 rhyming words, he has an amazing flow and brilliant timing, the beats on this album are all really good too, hardcore but great, biggie raps about a variety of different things, such as how inner city violence has escalated, storytelling tracks, tracks showing lyrical skill, tracks about the struggles of hustling, tracks about his thoughts on life, and gaining respect on the streets, all the tracks are brilliant, and all done flawlessly, biggie was quite possinly the best MC ever. the only rapper who rivals him in my mind is nas, and the only album that rivals this is illmatic, life after death is also brilliant as well, and the best double disc album ever, but not as good as this R.I.P biggie, your rhymes will keep your memory alive
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2.0 out of 5 stars Classic album, but misleading package
Everything that has been written so far is true... this was indeed Biggie's finest hour. What you should know is that aside from the bonus DVD and the inclusion of "Who Shot... Read more
Published on July 27 2004 by Meaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
First of all, "The Warning", is probably the best Hip-Hop storytelling song ever, because usually rappers who try get off the subject, and Biggie doesn't. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Notorious' Classic Redone
With head bangin' singles such as "Juicy", "One More Chance", and the playa anthem "Big Poppa" who can deny that the young Brooklyn rapper's first CD... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Justin Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars "Ready To Die", reborn.
If a rapper is lucky, or any musician for that matter, they leave the world with one classic album. This is that album from "The Notorious B.I.G.". Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars "Get It? Biggie!"
It's sad that B.I.G get dissed by some people, even though he been dead for 7 years, and he was (one of) the best MC ('s) to ever approach a mic. Read more
Published on July 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars INVINCIBLE !
"Ready To Die" is the debut classic from the King of New York aka Black Frank White. The 2Pac & the BIG comparison in terms of MIC skills is unreasonable. Read more
Published on July 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A hardcore masterpiece .
The album that brought attention to the east cost, and it's a
powerfull album filled with hardcore tracks but also equipped with some cathcy radie friendly singles like... Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by deeyar
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic memories
all the newbs to hip hop will praise 2pac but thats a joke . 2pac sold out for money . he was legendary but a sell out . at the end of it all 2 pac sold himself and biggie . Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by nikkie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite rap CD's of all time.
I bought this album around 5 months ago, and I'm glad I did. I was a fan of Biggie's already, but this just instilled my belief that Biggie Smalls is a rap legend. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Gangsta Gangsta
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cds ever this cd is rad!!!!!
All of the songs on this cd are perfect!!!!!!!
Published on June 20 2004 by Kabeer Muhammad
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