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
. 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