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Ready To Die

Notorious B.I.G. Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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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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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".


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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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 July 27 2004
By Meaux
Format:Audio CD
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 Ya" and "Just Playin' (Dreams)", there is no additional material compared to the original. The sticker on the front says "Remixed and Remastered", but none of the key remixes that originated from "Ready to Die" are included. What a shame! Over the years, we have come to know and love the smooth remix of "One More Chance" featuring Faith on vocals, as well as the bangin' club remix, aka "One More Chance (Hip Hop Mix)". "Big Poppa" also received an excellent remix treatment when it was released as a single. These are the versions that we remember as classics - not the original versions. How hard would it have been to include these remixes as part of this package??!?! There's PLENTY of space left on the bonus disc!
For the reason listed above, the album retains it's 5 star rating in my books, but this particular 'remastered' release gets a 2 star rating from me. If you have the original "Ready to Die", there is little reason to get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music July 17 2004
By ryan
Format:Audio CD
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. "Gimme The Loot" is a really tight song, because it showcases Biggie's creativity(he raps in his regular voice and a high pitched voice). "Everyday Struggles" is a good song about him growing up. "Juicy" is very different from the rest of the album and that's not a bad thing. It's more of a peaceful rags to riches song. "The What" features the only guest appearence(Method Man), which is strange because Biggie had beef with Meth's Wu-Tang partner Raekwon. The two bonus tracks are good, especially "Who Shot Ya". Sadly, this classic was tarnished by Ja Rule's remade version "I Shot Ya"(against 50 Cent).
This album is simply a classic. The intro(Biggie's birth and life) and the final song "Suicidal Thoughts(Biggie's death) is amazingly put together. As far as songs, there's no filler, but the skit "F*** Me" is dumb.
Get this if you love Hip-Hop or if u just love hard music
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Notorious' Classic Redone July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 "Ready to Die" was going to be a temendous hit. Not only are the singles alone worth buying the CD, tracks like "Unbelievable" and "Warning" show off the great rappers skill with good lyrics. The remastered version only amplifies what was already a great CD. The addition of "Who Shot Ya" and temendouly hilarious "Just Playing(Dreams)" make this CD truly worth getting, especially if you haven't bought it already. Not only are there two extra tracks but the whole CD is digitally remastered and a DVD is included that has 4 of Biggie's video's and unreleased live performance. This is a true collector's item and a great album to boot. If you're a Bad Boy fan, go get this immediately. And if you haven't gotten the first Ready to Die yet, you should have been at the check-out with the CD yesterday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Get It? Biggie!" July 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. Chris "The Notorious B.I.G" Wallace (along with 2Pac) is basically the best rapper alive and/or dead. Need evidence? Just listen to B.I.G's album READY TO DIE. Every track is legendary, and carries the lyrical and instrumental weight to make this a 5-star hip-hop album. Like the chorus in "Unbelievable" says, Biggie Smalls is the illest (best)...Anybody who disrespects Biggie or this album basically assed themself out. I mean, not only do you hear Biggie's masterpiece lyrics, but also fire-hot instrumentals from the best producers. Along with Easy Mo Bee, Chuck Thompson, and the Trackmasters, you have Digga, P. Diddy, and the great DJ Premier; who produced "Unbelievable". In my eyes, that song is the best that he did on this or any album of his. Then to think that a 10-year anniversary edition of this LP is comin' out on Tuesday, makes more reason to believe, that this is a CD worth the money and the praise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Ready To Die
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.
Published 16 months ago by Brian White
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great cd. I highly recommend it!
Great compact disc, nice combination with DVD. I highly recommend this cd to everybody interested. Another great album for any hip hop fan!
Published on March 11 2012 by doc
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 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 22 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 19 2004 by Kabeer Muhammad
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