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Ready To Die

The Notorious B.I.G.

1994

Ready To Die

Album Summary

Ready to Die is the debut studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994, by Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. The album features productions by Bad Boy founder Sean "Puffy" Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse, among others. It was recorded from 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of the rapper's experiences as a young criminal, and was the only studio album released during his lifetime, as he was murdered sixteen days before the release of his second album Life After Death in 1997. Ready to Die peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 and was subject to widespread critical acclaim and soon a commercial success. Three singles were released from the album: "Juicy", "Big Poppa", "One More Chance" and a promotional track of Biggie: "Warning". "Juicy", the lead single, peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 14 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and reached number 3 on the Hot Rap Singles. "Big Poppa" was a hit on multiple charts, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and also being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards. The Notorious B.I.G.'s lyrics on the album were generally praised by critics, with many praising his story-telling ability. In April 2018, Ready to Die was certified 6× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album was significant for revitalizing the East Coast hip hop scene, amid West Coast hip hop's commercial dominance. It has been ranked by many critics as one of the greatest hip hop albums, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2020, the album was ranked 22nd on Rolling Stone's updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Rating

3.45

Votes

5456

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

I really wanted to give the GOAT a 5, but the skits on this album are out of control, in a bad way. This is definitely one where you put several tracks in a playlist and never touch the rest of it again. Best track: The What

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

We need to talk about Puffy. It’s universally acknowledged that this is one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time from possibly the greatest rapper to ever do it. Nobody comes close to Biggie for having it all - lyrical dexterity, whip smart word play, ingenuity and the flow - god that flow - play any beat, any style and he nails it every time, whether swapping verses with himself on Gimmee the Loot, messing with the beat on Unbelievable (‘The gat's by your liver, your upper lip quiver Get ready to die, tell God I said hi’) or that laid back slow flow on Big Poppa. Impeccable choice of producers and beats (The What, Juicy) make for a thrilling, enthralling, near perfect rap album. But we need to talk about Puffy. There’s no doubting his contribution to shaping and developing Biggie as an artist but, my god, let that be enough! We don’t need your lousy skits, hype man contributions and especially not not your wack ass acting on Suicidal Thoughts. Let the man rap! Back down and shut up! It’s Puffy and the skits that made me hesitate over five or four stars … but it’s a tribute to Big that even this cannot ultimately spoil this classic five star (five mics) album.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

An album that suffers under it own sheer size. Much like Biggie probably did

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Sun Jan 17 2021
1

Misogynist lyrics made this nauseating, despite any potentially good musical qualities.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
5

Great timing as i just watched I Got a Story to Tell, the documentary about Biggie. What a dude. How could i not give this a 5?

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Sex noises! How rude.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

Absolute classic album. Do I wish there were fewer skits with him having sex? Of course. But the rhymes are enough to keep it a 5.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Like the Goodfellas of rap albums

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

This three-star review hurts to give. Biggie's skills are literally the stuff of legend but, man ... the album just didn't age well. The lyrical content is a one-note gong that he just keeps banging over and over and over. The majority of the album can be summed up in the phrase "I'm gonna shoot you." There's very little that strays from that central theme. And that ... well, that gets old after a while, doesn't it? Even if the delivery is fantastic. And then there are the skits. Pure cheese. The skits alone dragged the score down a whole star. Overall, a disappointing re-listen from one of the greatest rappers of all time.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Re-listening for the generator. What a superb album, tons of fun (rimshot). When he's in the zone, no one does it like Biggie. From all-time opener Things Done Changed to endlessly quotable story of impending conflict Warning to the gloriously victorious Juicy, this work by the notorious one is simply awesome. 9/10 and a probable future 10

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Juicy is everything that hip-hop is about perfectly encapsulated into one song. Big Poppa is the perfect player’s anthem with an even more perfect sample. The rest of the album is proof that Notorious BIG was the best rapper alive at the time. And the closing track is a haunting look at the dark side of fame in a troubled mind. A hip-hop masterpiece.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Very influential and a classic album. His voice is super unique and recognizable. Kinda the king of sexual interludes - made this weird to listen to at home, but there's vulnerable parts as well that make it a really well-rounded album. A little long, but that's alright Saved: Gimme The Loot, Juicy

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Honestly, the skits are a bit over the top on here. They should have got ridden of a few. I don't care that P Diddy has confirmed that Biggie actually had Oral Sex at the end of Respect. Apart from that, this is an excellen album. One of the greatest.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

It is difficult to listen to this album detached from the events of Biggie's career as a result of the feud between Bad Boy and Death Row, the East vs. the West. Biggie and his style of storytelling is definitely a cut above his contemporaries and even today against the current lineup of rap artists. The feud between East and West, whether manufactured or real, Biggie had a real story to tell. This album is dirty rap, with a very specific story that will resonate with specific audiences because of how personal this all comes across. Toxic masculinity as a result of the struggle for respect, the unbridled sexual conquest of generically available women, and the consequences of these actions are played out as ending in tragedy through violence. Where art imitated life, Biggie would be murdered a mere three years after this album was released. All in all, the album is sad and Biggie is telling a truth that happened to him as a young kid, in spite of academic success and great opportunity, that respect, money, maybe even love, could not be granted to anyone other than from the streets. This listener is not really looking for a story to be told in music, but Biggie explored and rather explicitly at times, a story about life that is contraindicative for people listening to music to feel nice or good. In a way, the authenticity of the struggle supersedes that of the rhythmic blues, where we are forced to perhaps understand something that for many people, is impossible.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Liked the beats and music, struggled to connect to the content.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

As someone that doesn't listen to much rap, I'm pretty choosy on this genre. Part of it is that I can't identify with a lot of the content, and some of it is distaste for some of the ways it perpetuates and glorifies violence and gangsta lifestyle. Biggie was an excellent rapper, the pure talent and flow are amazing, he can weave a story so well and you do get a sense of his upbringing and coming out of that life to stardom throughout this album. For me what drags it down is a lot of the content though, the violence and gunshots, the music video where he blows away a bunch of guys from a balcony and it pans down to dead bodies, the juvenile skits and sex noises. I'm not a square but I just don't enjoy this, though as a teen I would have thought it was edgy and hilarious. 3 Stars from me, the talent is there and there are some bright spots in the album where he really gets into some great poetry, but it drags on too long and I just don't enjoy some of the content regardless of the talent behind it.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Biggie sure does have good flow, and the beats are for the most part great. At first I felt like he surpassed the typical Rap culture tropes of just talking about themselves and their accomplishments. Because the album started as more of a nostalgic feel. But then it descended into the same old tropes and I quickly got bored of the lyrics. I stopped halfway into "**** Me" because I really don't want to hear people having sex. So I would say this album is garbage, not something you want to listen to as an album. Maybe individual songs are great. And musically some of the songs are 5/5. But thematically it is pretty much boring rap themes, with a little originality at the beginning of the album. Also I really disliked how it tried to be explicit in every way possible in a way that seemed on purpose just for explicitness.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

Glad I listened. I can appreciate how influential it's all been. But nothing artistically useful to me.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

The music is undeniable and the talent real. Everything sounds so easy, but the message of some of the music doesn't age very well. I guess that's the appeal for some of the genre.

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Mon Jan 11 2021
5

I know every lyric to this album for good reason.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
5

Always loved Biggie. It was a great trip down memory lane.

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Been a while since I’ve visited this LP. Get the loot fucks harder than just about any song today, and ready to die made me very uncomfortable. Great shit

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Classic hip hop

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Classic album.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Not sure if this is a nostalgia rating or if this is really one of the best rap albums I have ever heard, but I am going to give this a high rating. Great beats in east coast rap.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Great classic rap album. Biggie has the flow

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Absolute classic.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Classics. Also just watched the netflix doc. Great rap album.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Gimme the loot is an absolute track. From the BERETTA puttin' all the holes in ya sweater

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Classic

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

amazing. i love this album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

The finest of the genre

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Beautiful and poignant

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Arguably the best hip hop album of all time.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

I never knew how much I loved this album. So many of these songs were lurking in my subconscious.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Best album de rap du best rapper. Top 3 facile en tout cas. 5*

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Quiero abrir este comentario con dos curiosidades: muy feliz de llegar a este disco porque "Juicy" la habré escuchado por ahí de pequeño y una felicidad regresar a ella. Lo otro, qué cabrón que alguien que le puso a su disco debut "Ready To Die" y al siguiente "Life After Death" haya sido asesinado días antes de que saliera el segundo disco, con sólo 24 años... En fin, ahora sí, mi disclaimer es que sé bien poco de hip hop y rap. Dicho esto, disfruté mucho este disco. Ni siquiera podría diferenciar si es de 1994 o del 2001 o de 2019, pero eso debe ser mi ignorancia. A pesar de que no escuché con atención todas sus letras, hay mucho de cinismo, algo de biografía, supongo, muy buenas rimas y flow. The Notorious B.I.G. pinta como el ambiente del momento y su éxito, así directo, sin desparpajo, hasta dedicado a los maestros que le dijeron que no iba a lograr nada. El interlude "Fuck Me" muy explícito, así como ese final de "Respect" con el sonido de una mamada. Y los sonidos, esos beats, frescos, magnéticos, envolventes a veces. Canciones fav: "Ready To Die", "Juicy", "Everyday Struggle", "Big Poppa" y "Respecto". Igual, "Suicidal Thoughts" puede estar por ahí. De alguna forma, sentí que este disco se fue poniendo mejor conforme avanzaba. 9.5/10

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

A titular 90s rap album that encompasses the sound and delivery of the time. With timeless verses that still stand up today.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Great old school bases

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

I loved this album. I thought the lyrics were great in the way they told unique a unique story.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Este pedo es conceptual. Nacimiento, niñez, juventud, vida y muerte de un hombre negro en Estados Unidos. Puede que no te guste lo que dice, que te ofenda y te parezca, no sé, grotesco, banalizando la misoginia, exaltando la delincuencia, cosas así por el estilo que diría un calvinista de closet cualquiera (de derecha o de izquierda). Tampoco es como si estuviéramos ante porno de miseria (Biggie no es Fernanda Melchor aunque es igual de bueno escribiendo, tiene buen oído diría un inmamable de letras). La diferencia con el porno de miseria es, además de que Biggie es testigo y partícipe y no turista de clase media como, por decir, yo, que escucho y escribo esto, que acá hay empatía, hay complejidad en los personajes y una honestidad decapitante. Además, los beats son impecables, oscuros, violentos, lujuriosos y brillantes como la sonrisa que te nace cuando tienes chingos de billetes de alta denominación en la mano. Otro punto a favor es que Biggie es uno de los mejores raperos de la historia. Su habilidad para crear rimas es solo comparable a 2Pac, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane o André. Es realmente una maravilla del lenguaje. Y el disco funciona a distintos niveles. Como cautionary tale, como uno lleno de bangers, como soundtrack para aspirantes a la calle, como educación sentimental, como ejercicio extremo de empatía. El nivel de nihilismo de este pedo ha sido pocas veces superado. Y fue pop. Increíble. Nada nunca ha sido tan brutal, tan suicida líricamente como Suicidal Thoughts.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

One of the greatest Hip Hop records of all time in my opinion. I was blown away by this masterpiece.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Good

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

De las cosas que me gustan del hip hop es que es un género muy “unapologetic”. Las canciones abordan diversos problemas que van desde las drogas y la violencia hasta las relaciones familiares y la misma música como medio de trascendencia. Y los raperos hacen todo eso sin “romantizar” sus contextos ni esconder tampoco sus realidades. En este disco queda claro desde el inicio que B.I.G. tiene una historia que contar: desde su nacimiento, su relación con pandillas, drogas, violencia, mujeres y hasta con la muerte y todo amalgamado gracias a un muy buen trabajo de producción. Queda claro por qué Notorious B.I.G., a pesar de haber tenido una trayectoria desafortunadamente corta, es a la fecha un referente de este género.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

great

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Sexism, violence and glorification of illegal activities aside, this is a banger

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Classic hip hop album.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

One of my favorite albums of the era, I can’t not move my head or tap my feet with these tracks

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

אחד האלבומי היפהופ הכי טובים ששמעתי

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Became a gangster

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Juicy = best

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

5/5 - Dope.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

GIMME THE LOOT Grote meneer, ik geef het hem gewoon hoor

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

5 Deze moet ik op vinyl gaan halen. Biggie heeft de swag, zijn cadence is zo smooth, gotta love it. Tuurlijk ook tijdloze dikke hits juicy, Big Poppa, Gimme the Loot. (ja, er moet echt 1 van deze in de tijdloze komen smh) Ook zeker een album waar de zwarte gemeenschap zeer trots op is , en terecht. If you don't know, now you know! Hier een paar lijnen die mij een stanky face geven: -The Moët and Alizé keep me pissy, girls used to diss me. Now they write letters 'cause they miss me. -We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us. No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us. Birthdays was the worst days. Now we sip Champagne when we thirsty! -When it comes to sex, I'm similar to the Thrilla in Manila. Honeys call me "Bigga the Condom Filler". -There's gonna be a lot of slow singin' and flower-bringin'. If my burglar alarm starts ringin'. -Catch me if you can like the Gingerbread Man. You better have your gat in hand, 'cause man. -That's why you drink Tanqueray, so you can reminisce. And wish you wasn't livin' so devilish. En natuurlijk deze prachtige mee zinger (rapper). Als dees passeert in de club gaan we loco. TE FUCKING SMOOTH! real player shit; To all the ladies in the place with style and grace Allow me to lace these lyrical douches in your bushes Who rock grooves and make moves with all the mamis? The back of the club, sippin' Moët is where you'll find me. The back of the club, mackin' hoes, my crew's behind me. Mad question askin', blunt passin' Music blastin', but I just can't quit Because one of these honeys Biggie got to creep with Sleep with, keep the ep a secret, why not? Why blow up my spot 'cause we both got hot? Now check it: I got more mack than Craig, and in the bed Believe me, sweetie, I got enough to feed the needy No need to be greedy, I got mad friends with Benzes C-notes by the layers, true fuckin' players Jump in the Rover and come over, tell your friends jump in the GS3. I got the chronic by the tree cuz. Oké deze is niet van het album, maar hoe kan je hier niet goed op gaan? I got seven Mac-11's, about eight .38's Nine 9's, ten Mac-10's the shits never end You can't touch my riches Even if you had MC Hammer and them 357 bitches

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

I have to admit, I was ready to just skip this album. But this album is really really good fun.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Only listened to 2 songs but great album.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Amazing album, biggies best, all time great rap album, love the theme,

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Classic album. One of the greatest hip hop albums ever. The storytelling, production, rapping are so point it's crazy. Biggie is one of the greatest rappers ever, flows are the best I have ever heard. 10/10

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

One of the all time great hip-hop records. Very difficult to match this one as his flow, lyrics and production are top notch. Special mention goes out to Suicidal Thoughts.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

He ain't Pac but he's pretty good.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

Half of the album is filler noise and shit. But the other half is still way too legendary to give anything other than 5*

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

Great from start to finish

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Very cool album! Great lyrics, amazing flow. A true legend.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

A rap album like no other. Biggie earns his place as a member of GOAT. His raps are among the best out there. Rhymes are impressive. Flow keeps audiences interested and engaged. Techniques like his voice changes contribute to the stories. He takes full advantage of modern production sounds and skills to invoke emotional responses from listeners. Biggie contrasts with other gangster rappers of his era, who glorified the lifestyle full of wealth, sex, and power. Here, you can feel the pain and mental turmoil that he was forced onto. Biggie takes us on a journey in this album, starting with his birth. Yet from the start death looms over him, and most of the tracks either have a theme of death, or dangerous situations that expose Biggie's vulnerability, living on the edge of life and death. And of course, the album ends on a shocking conclusion of his suicide. Truly heartbreaking to hear Biggie confessing his sins, his regrets, hearing the mental destruction that gangster life had to lead him to this point. Despite being a double album, there's very little filler, and I feel the length was necessary for Biggie to express the whole story. The intro is one of the best found on rap albums, establishing the central themes that are frequently referenced in the album. But the album really starts with "Things Done Changed" which is one of the easiest tracks for people to understand, creating the setting that life is truly awful and dangerous out there. These first few tracks are funky and groovy, with several pop hits spread later in the album ("Juicy" and "Big Poppa"), appealing to all sorts of audiences from start to finish, and why I feel this is one of the best albums to get someone into rap. His storytelling is what makes these songs so special. The way he brings in all these characters, some of them played by just voice changes (cause you can't trust anyone else to spit perfect raps with such precison), brings a natural flow to these songs from setting up the scene to memorable conclusions that make each track distinctive. Hard for me to pick out my favorite tracks - there's something I love about most of the tracks - but I can pick out a few songs I wasn't crazy about. Biggest complaint is that the "Fuck Me" and oral sex interludes weren't necessary; there were already plenty of instances that displayed the theme of lust (e.g. "One More Chance"). But whatever they can be skipped. There were a few weak tracks, but the only ones that I felt could have been left out were "Respect" and "Friend of Mine." Other weaknesses were Puffy's overcontribution which distracts from Biggie's raps, and a repetitive beat, but the samples make up for it. Also, huge coincidence that there were several references to Tina Turner, and even her signature song "What's Love Got to Do With It" when Private Dancer just so happened to be my album yesterday.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Goat

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

The King, the Legend. Although I was thrown off by the full on sex sounds - I guess I always skipped that lol

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Classic

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

EAST COAST!

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Incredibly honest, personal and well-written. Heartbreaking and has me absolutely floored. Perfect use of sampling. This album was really the blueprint.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

A great, great album.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

5.0 + Love Biggie. RIP, King.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Legendary

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Wow! A pure, solid punch of hip hop! Gangsta at its best, only play this to your granny if she’s hard of hearing as the expletives roll out every few seconds. Classic!

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Compellingly good stuff.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

awesome

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

PUTA INTROOOOO Me senti ouvindo um filme dos bons com os trechos finais de algumas músicas que mais parecem interlúdios. Percebi também vááários trechinho que depois foram sampleados por diversos artistas. A faixa título é um primor, fui levada direto para o início dos anos noventa.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

One of the best rap/hip hop albums of all time, maybe the best. My personal favorite. Every song is just incredible - one of the rare perfect albums and that can be appreciated even if you do not like rap/hip hop. Easy 10/10.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Great hip hop album. Some of biggies top hits. I really enjoyed!

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

East Coast royalty. When Biggie wants to go hard, it's hardcore as hell. When he wants to reel it back, it's incredibly smooth. Biggie is, without exaggeration, a master of his craft. Side note: My gf loves the song Juicy. She thinks it's so sweet hearing Biggie's rags-to-riches story. Easily the best song for radioplay, but also the best song on here for the sample flip and pacing. As frontloaded as this album is, the whole thing is a great piece of work. This is THE Notorious B.I.G. coming in hot with the debut, already at the top of his game. He rightfully deserves a lot of credit for being a legend.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

I don't know much about rap, so The Notorious BIG is a name I had heard of, but didn't anything about him other than that he is a rapper. Though he has this tough attitude, his lyrics are actually quite sensitive. It takes a lot for someone to admit suicidal thoughts, even more so for someone to wonder if their mother would have preferred an abortion. The album is really well produced too, kind of a loose "rap opera".

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Masterpiece. Chefs kiss

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

I think the highs on this are both good and frequent enough to warrant a 5 and offset the odd filler track and the godawful skits

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Classic!

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

This record is iconic, a true piece of history. Sociologists and musicians will be studying this for generations.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

The Real Deal

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Forgot how clever a lyricist Biggie was, even if vulgar. Case in point, Me and My B - "You looked so good I'd suck on your daddy's d..." Priceless. That song is a perfect example of Biggie's work - great beats, some real deep lyrics but also some real depraved lyrics. Also a bit of the rap opera here with Intro and Suicidal Thoughts opening and closing the album, although it's not a straight line in between. Like many of the 90s rappers I wish he wasn't such a misogynist, but he is damn good when he's not being so sleazy (and even when he is). Things Done Changed and Gimme the Loot are awesome; really the first 6 tracks are, before he goes to the cheap sex stuff for a few tracks. Juicy brings it back and like his other big single Big Poppa, it is rightfully beloved. Respect might be my favorite track though - great funky beat and the vocal assist from Diana King is electric. Not sure how much respect I have for him as a human being, but this is a great album.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

R.I.P.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

This is GOAT tier level for the genre. An amazing talent that the world lost too soon.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

Classic!

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

It is the most iconic East Coast Rapper on his most iconic album. Not much more needs to be said.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Damn Biggie's flow and storytelling is just something else, he is on a whole other level. Not to mention fucking hilarious. There is a reason he is GOAT.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

This album might be the pinnacle of New York rap and is a solid 5. Biggie’s beats are jazz inspired and his laconic flow enables him to deliver lines of violence and self loathing in an incredibly nonchalant way. Biggie’s mental struggles were really striking to me and I think his ability to bring those to the forefront complicates his image. I am left with a sense of not knowing what to believe about him and that only adds to his legend. I found the simulated sex gratuitous, but overall, this is an essential album.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

A classic

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

What’s most striking about ‘Ready To Die’ is how polished, fully formed and complete it is for a debut album (even taking into consideration the pointless skits). 2pac wasn’t anywhere near as good as this until ‘Me Against The World’, three albums in.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

At its best this album is untouchable, but the skirts are just so cringe now it’s really hard not to skip them(but dated skirts are just expected on 90’s rap albums). And I don’t think they are enough not to give this album 5 stars as it really is hip hop masterpiece. Up there with the greatest rap albums of all time, from the greatest rapper of all time.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

Love it I'm a fan of big already

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

will forever live on as one of the best rap albums of all time.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Loved it

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

A sensational album from one of the best rappers. Biggie is able to put out some amazing lyrics and flows that were unmatched during his time. Lyrically he may be top 3. This album has several hits and even some of the less popular songs are still fantastic. The drawback on this album may be the over sexualized nature of it and a couple of the skits are worthless. Other than that this is a fantastic album and can be replayed all the time. 9.3/10

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

He’s so charismatic and even whimsical. I also like that this album really covers his origin stuff. Lots of him being good at sex. Good for him. The interludes must have been cool when it came out but I couldn’t gut a lot of them at this point in my life, especially the gun sounds.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Very catchy and intense

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Ready to die is a weird fever dream of a man with a nostalgic eye past and a nihilistic look to the future. As the biggest hits and the sex raps suggest, it's all the more fascinating that this is the work of an artist living an extravagant, juicy, life. Also incredibly produced holy cow

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

BANGER. a hip hop/rap classic

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

So many bangers on this one

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

100% classic B.I.G.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

There’s a reason many consider this one of hip hops greatest albums. There are absolutely classics strewn throughout.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

The sheer honesty in this album is incredibly eye-opening. A glimpse into the life of someone who pushed forward with a deck stacked against him. Friend of Mine and Suicidal Thoughts are standouts here. Lighter tracks like Big Poppa and Juicy are juxtaposed by periods of deep introspection that was almost never seen in 80's rap. Maybe the most definitive rap album of the 90's, though I'd like to say that title belongs to Enter the Wu-Tang.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Really just doesn't get much better than this, when it comes to gansta rap. I'm biased, because my youth was spent running around shouting the lyrics to "Gimme the Loot". But the beats are still incredibly fresh, and Big's rhyming and flow are still unmatched. Favorite tracks: "Gimme the Loot", "Machine Gun Funk", "Juicy", "Suicidal Thoughts"

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

I love true school hip hop but I was never really a biggy fan of Notorious B.I.G He is good though. Lovely laidback flow and interesting rhyme structures. Nice beats. I dunno, maybe a bit too R&B for me, while also out there shooting homies? I just done rate him as one of the all time greats. I’d have liked this over a weekend to dig into the rhymes. 4 or 5… let’s give him a break, he is pretty dead and phat, I go full marks.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Lol, like I was going to give this anything less than a 5. Favorite track: Gimme The Loot

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

Stonecold classic

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Ready to Die is a heavy chunk of music, and the first time I heard it was a kind of wash, around me one moment and gone the next; Not repeated this time, thankfully. I was listening to newer underground East Coast stuff recently and thought about the similarities of the form to straight-ahead jazz: Head, solos, something to cap it. If you follow the time trail back to jazz and scoot a little to the side, I find this album now. The beats are more abstract than those on Low End Theory, but still low in the mix. The missing samples leave holes, but Biggie was always there to fill them. The oft-maligned skits even have a sense of rhythm. The ingredients the rapper is playing with here are simple ones, but he understands their limits and pushes just beyond them, until the story crashes in on itself. After any death, there's plenty of work left to do for the living.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

An old favorite, my true introduction to the world of 1990s rap, and the reason I will always prefer NY to LA. It really hit home on this listen through that Biggie was NINETEEN YEARS OLD when he wrote and recorded all of this stuff. He packed a lot of living in his short life. How tragic. Listen, I don't really care for skits or interludes, and I find these ones particularly.... gross. But that just comes with the genre I guess, and it doesn't takeaway from the historical impact or the frankly excellent listening of the actual tracks.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Listened on the 12th of November happy to listen again, already heard most of the songs just never the album all the way through, some bangers, some sus, overall very good, I’ll give a light to decent 8.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Legendarisk, verdensklasse rap, vanvittige beats, bars, rim

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Love the intro track that illustrates Biggie's musical upbringing. His voice hits so hard, it's an instrument unto itself. The rhymes soar. The title is so prophetic, and it's depressing how much of this album is about street violence in light of what ultimately happened to BIG. Warning, Ready to Die, Juicy, Who Shot Ya and Big Poppa on ONE album? C'MON. 5 stars, easily. Long live the king.

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Sat Dec 03 2022
5

Biggie

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

Undisputed classic

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Kanske en 5:a om det inte varit för alla töntiga interludes som inte bidrar med något.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

-Smooth flows, dodgy themes, no filler tracks.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Very classic hip hop album. Juicy is a big hit ("it was all a dream"). Strong title track.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Fav Song: Juicy

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Great interplay between the simple but alluring beats and Biggie's great flows. Lyrics are surpisingly hooky for what I expect a typical rap album to be, there's the usual boasting and explicit content but it's delivered with such authenticity that you can't help but be drawn in.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Lead to listening to Born to Die. Good tracks, good beats, good flow.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

heard this before it's a classic nawm'sayin

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Well that was lighthearted. Wasn’t into him when this came out. I totally get why. But now... I’m not sure. I will listen again on a run day. Not sure if it’s a 3 or 4.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

TUPACSHAKUR

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

massa mas tupac é melhor

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

get live mfs

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Quiet the journey... aggressive, longing, sexual, defining a genre. Some very catchy samples.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Solid album. Very chill much wow

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

No tengo más que decir que sí me gustó bastante. Mood:

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

I have heard all (or most) of the songs before, but this was my first time listening to the album as a whole. Good stuff. I get the hype.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

raw, pretty timeless, few duds but its a 4..

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Classic

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

classic

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Solid classic hiphop album, Big Poppa, Juicy, Machine gun Funk

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Surprised to enjoy this one. It tells the tale of how he ended up the way he did and is very powerful, at times, self deprecating and tongue in cheek. The swearing and misogyny may be too much for some, but it is all addressed in the Intro track.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Il flow di notorious è spaventoso e ancora moderno. Trovo che dietro le storie di strada si nasconda una tristezza di notorious resa poi più esplicita nell’ultimo pezzo.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

not sure why you need to say MF that often, and part of the concept album flavor is lost on me... but it was really good

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Great storytelling and flow.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

A quality autobiographical rap album. Good rhymes and dope beats throughout.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Dit vind ik zijn beste album. Juicy beste song. Soms veel gepraat. Vind ik jammer maar mss eigen aan hiphop???

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Skits were too overdone

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Not a rap fan but I enjoyed this a lot 4 stars

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Undeniable album that takes you on a journey.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

I don’t care for this genre but I also don’t want to give a poor rating because I don’t care for an entire genre, hence the four star rating.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

This has some absolute classics on it, but its also got some cringe lyrics on some of these tracks at this point in 2021.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Normally, not my bag. But yeah, this was kinda my bag. I'd def listen again.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Gimme the loot, Reasy to die, Juicy, Big poppa, Who shot ya?

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Misogyny aside, some bangers

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

A few songs missing, but this is still enjoyable. 90s hip-hop/rap has a certain sound that I like.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

Haven't heard this in like 20 years - it was a part of the soundtrack to being a ratty teenager in the late 90s, along with his second album (which was more popular). The interludes are a bit cheesy these days, but at the time I thought it was pretty hard lol. Good tunes. Favourite track: me & my bitch - just because I know it'd make modern society tug its collar and go "eeek" lol. Also, gotta kinda laugh that this album was called "Ready to Die" and that's exactly what happened just before his next album came out. 4/5.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Some really good bars and tracks here, but the skits and constant bars about sex and mistreating women kinda put me off

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

8/10 the best rapper ever

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Svært at vurdere eftersom halvdelen af albummet er utilgængelig. Men virker godt, selvom det ikke helt er min stil

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Lyrical Poetry. Beautiful.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Just a great album. can't believe it's almost 20 years old. Only problem was the version I had from Spotify cut every swear word which somewhat f**ked up the listening experience.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

I obviously did not have the same childhood and adolescent experiences as Biggy did, but he makes me feel like a gangsta. Great rhymes, great beats. I appreciate this “old school” style rap that still incorporated real instruments (guitars and horns and such).

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

It's sort of crazy that the two biggest hits on this album come relatively late in the track list, but every song is so good that you don't really miss it. There is a bit of the acting interludes that infested albums of this era (and the surrounding decades), but it's not too obtrusive (except for the end of Respect, fuck that slurping noise). Biggie's rap style still feels modern, despite being recorded nearly 3 decades ago. A true classic from an artist who recorded far too few songs 4/5

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

The music was great. Still prefer Tupac though xD. The interludes were useless & shitty. He was clearly compensating for something ;)

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Great - hard to pick any true highlights as every track seems to have a nagging, insistent hookiness to it. Enjoyable word play, tasty samples and some decent guest spots - tip top all-round, really

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Notorious B.I.G est sans conteste le rappeur préféré des adolescents bourgeois en mal de street crédibilité. L'album est néanmoins excellent.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I dig it

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

This is one of the reason why I started to listen to old-school hip-hop. A good album, with strong rhymes and lyrics and cool beats. Probably gonna come back to it. 4.5/5

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I am acutely aware that I did not engage with hip hop in the mid to late 90s. And I also know that there was a lot of good stuff released in that period - and Ready To Die is one of those. It's a bit of a concept album, telling the story of B.I.G.'s life. The album knows when to get heavy with the lyrics and when to get light. And I'm not sure why, but the track that is a messy ASMR BJ somehow works? There's also the new layer of meaning because B.I.G. is no longer with it and thoughts of undeadening feel tragic. But then, it is a product of its time - mentions of the WTC bomb and the risk of HIV root it in the mid 90s and we can take it that context, a time when Biggie was alive and thriving.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Much more explicit than I remembered or expected...

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Не дослушал, не в настроение было

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

There were aspects of this that I really liked and aspects that I didnt like as much. Im leaning a 4, but the rating might change later.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Pretty good gangster rap album.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Not a rap fan but I enjoyed this a lot 4 stars. A little heavy...relentless even but worth the effort 4 stars

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

If I don't listen too hard to the lyrics this is great. Great grooves, samples and beats. But I'm too square but all the talk about bitches and money and crime just seems sad and juvenile to me.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

If this album ended with "Big Poppa," this would be a 5 Star album with the caveat that it might be a bit long. But the tracks after that pad the length and aren't nearly as good what's in the first part of the record. Still, a very good classic.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I hate skits

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

One of the best hip hop albums ever made, has some parts your gonna want to skip on repeated listens but absolutely give it at least one full playthrough

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

Damn this would've been one of the best albums ever if they only kept the best 10 or so songs. Oh well. 8/10

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

8/10 it's dated in a lot of ways but the rhymes, beats, and storytelling are so great

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Not my personal style of music. Interesting to listen to the begining of a movement over 30 years old. It seemed rather timeless to my ears.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Fav song: Warning

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

On voit pourquoi biggie est une figure aussi emblématique du hip-hop. Album très solide, mais pas autant que j'aurais imaginé.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Goodshit

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

I knew nothing about this, never heard it . Really love the beats, the bass, the loops, the samples, the rapping, the music. A lot more chilled than I was expecting. But the lyrics are incessant particularly at the start of the album - motherfuckers, niggas, bitches, cocksuckers, dicks over and over but he was only 21.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

The BIG. Word.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Top flows and production mostly, but some filler and most the skits are shit.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Old skool feels.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Classic. Much more gangster than I remember. Really enjoyed it

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Not exactly easy listening! Good beats.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

Хороший рэп

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

From my perception Life After Death was always the primary Biggie album from my youth era. I can't say I have listened to this one straight through more than a small handful of times. Sadly, I've found it doesn't hold up for a few reasons, none of which is Biggie's talent, or the production. The content is repetitive, dated, misogynistic, and why does Puffy need to insert himself constantly? Let Biggie rap. That's all that's needed. The talent is undeniable though. Plus one star for that, back to 4.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Good vibes. Hard beats and cinematic passages. I like it and could have it on at most times

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Such a great flow. Classic.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Biggie's flow is amazing and the beats are fantastic. Big Poppa is one of the greatest songs of all time. I'm not a huge fan of Hip Hop but this is a fantastic album. The interludes also made it real strange at times, I didn't need to hear what I really hope was simulated sex.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Great album

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Un peu répétitif mais rempli de bangers Prefs: Gimme the Loot, Warning, Ready To Die, One More Chance, Juicy, Big Poppa, Friend of Mine, Suicidal Thoughts, Just Playing (Dreams) Moins pref: Respect

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

4.5

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

I like the samples in the intro track: Superfly, Rapper's Delight--good stuff Things Done Changed -- I like it, good beat, like the anti-nostalgia lyrics Gimme the Loot - not as good, either musically or lyrically Machine Gun Funk - Like this one again, though the "Ike beat Tina" line is a bit yikes Warning - Ready to Die - this is a good one; great start and just keeps on going One More Chance - also like this Fuck Me-- k this one is a bit ridiculous The What -- forgettable Juicy -- obviously a classic Big Poppa -- nother classic Respect - pretty different, but kinda cool Suicide - Dark song, and pretty sad given where the story ends but hard to disentangle it from what actually happens ("I swear to god it feels like death is calling me") Album ends a bit lacklustre compared to the best songs, but I liked this a lot. Good stuff.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

More mother fucking niggas, bitches and hoes than you can shake a stick at but it's got a visceral energy and some heavy beats. Enjoyable in spite of the dubious lyrical content.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Didn't listen.

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