Ready To Die
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|2. Things Done Changed|
|3. Gimme The Loot|
|4. Machine Gun Funk|
|6. Ready To Die|
|7. One More Chance|
|8. #!*@ Me|
|9. The What|
|11. Everyday Stuggle|
|12. Me & My Bitch|
|13. Big Poppa|
|15. Friend Of Mine|
|17. Suicidal Thoughts|
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.
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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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.
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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A great classic. Must have for any hardcore hip hop fans. This is the best notorious BIG album. Seems like there are more songs than I remember on the original. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark Fraser
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 on June 9 2013 by Brian White