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Ready To Die

4.7 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B0000039PW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Double vinyl LP pressing. The Notorious B.I.G. delivered his debut album, Ready to Die, in September 1994. Its lead single, "Juicy," went gold, and the follow-up smash, "Big Poppa," achieved platinum sales and went Top Ten on the pop and R&B charts. Biggie's third single, "One More Chance," tied Michael Jackson's "Scream" for the highest debut ever on the pop charts; it entered at #5 en route to an eventual peak at #2, and went all the way to #1 on the R&B side. By the time the dust settled, Ready to Die had sold over four million copies and turned the Notorious B.I.G. into a Hip Hop sensation -- the first major star the East Coast had produced since the rise of Dr. Dre's West Coast G-funk.

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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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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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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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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.". It's less bloated and commercial than "Life After Death" was, and is just track after track of top shelf rap. The hits on here are just slightly better than the rest, those are "One More Chance", "Big Poppa", and the infamous "Juicy". I also like "Machine Gun Funk" and "Unbelievable". The bonus here is a couple more sweet tracks, and a DVD of the videos and extras. Well worth buying again if you're a fanatic. I'd say until he has a proper collection out, this is definitely the best of "B.I.G.".
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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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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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By A Customer on July 9 2004
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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