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Ready To Die


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  • Audio CD (March 31 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B0000039PW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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By Brian White on 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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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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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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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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By Mike Terry on 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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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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