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Ready To Die

The Notorious B.I.G.

1994

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Ready To Die

Rating

3.44

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

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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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5

Sex noises! How rude.

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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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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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5

Like the Goodfellas of rap albums

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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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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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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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3

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

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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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3

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

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

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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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5

I know every lyric to this album for good reason.

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5

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

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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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5

Classic hip hop

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5

Classic album.

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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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5

Great classic rap album. Biggie has the flow

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5

Absolute classic.

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Classic

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5

amazing. i love this album

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5

Beautiful and poignant

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5

Arguably the best hip hop album of all time.

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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5

Great old school bases

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5

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

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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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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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5

Good

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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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5

great

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5

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

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5

Classic hip hop album.

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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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5

אחד האלבומי היפהופ הכי טובים ששמעתי

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5

Became a gangster

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5

Juicy = best

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5

5/5 - Dope.

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5

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

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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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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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5

Only listened to 2 songs but great album.

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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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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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5

Great from start to finish

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5

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

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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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5

Goat

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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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5

Classic

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5

EAST COAST!

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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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5

A great, great album.

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5

5.0 + Love Biggie. RIP, King.

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5

Legendary

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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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5

Compellingly good stuff.

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5

awesome

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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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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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5

🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤

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5

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

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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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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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5

Masterpiece. Chefs kiss

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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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5

Classic!

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5

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

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5

The Real Deal

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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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5

R.I.P.

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5

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

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4

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

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4

-Smooth flows, dodgy themes, no filler tracks.

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4

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

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4

Fav Song: Juicy

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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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4

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

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4

heard this before it's a classic nawm'sayin

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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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4

TUPACSHAKUR

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massa mas tupac é melhor

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4

get live mfs

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4

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

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4

Solid album. Very chill much wow

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4

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

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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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4

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

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Classic

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classic

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4

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

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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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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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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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4

Great storytelling and flow.

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4

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

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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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4

Skits were too overdone

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4

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

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4

Undeniable album that takes you on a journey.

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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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4

Misogyny aside, some bangers

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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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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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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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4

8/10 the best rapper ever

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4

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

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4

Lyrical Poetry. Beautiful.

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

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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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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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I dig it

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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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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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Much more explicit than I remembered or expected...

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Не дослушал, не в настроение было

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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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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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Pretty good gangster rap album.

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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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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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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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I hate skits

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

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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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Fav song: Warning

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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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Goodshit

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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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The BIG. Word.

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

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Old skool feels.

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

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Not exactly easy listening! Good beats.

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Хороший рэп

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

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Such a great flow. Classic.

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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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Great album

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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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4.5

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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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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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Didn't listen.

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Best Song: The What. If there was anyone who can fit Biggie's flow it's Method Man, who elevates this track. Worst Song: Fuck Me (Interlude). It's funny, but it means you can't just throw this album on with other people around Overall: Nobody did it like Biggie. His voice is butter, and you can feel the storytelling in each track. Surprisingly dark. Biggie toes the line between bravado and vulnerability, but he does it with such straightforward lyrics its equally easy to ignore the message and focus instead on the musicality of his flow and the relentlessly heavy, bouncing beats.

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Some of the skits were annoying, but Biggie is just so so good, and the line 'cleanest meanest penis' earns an instant 4 stars

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3.5/5. Pretty solid, I was not really blown away by it, however. 4 of the songs were not streaming on spotify.

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I can recognize why songs like Big Poppa are considered great. I see the raw talent. Just not my favorite.

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I men, I know who Biggie Smalls was. But I never really heard any of his stuff. It was kind of the same for Tupac, but "California Love" was on MTV all the time. So I had that at least. The songs felt like B.I.G. was a prizefighter, bobbing and weaving, dodging everything that was being thrown at him. The lyrical prowess on those first few songs were just amazing. The few interludes were a bit annoying, but at least they were few and far between. "Suicidal Thoughts" was disturbing. But apart from that, this was very solid. Every non-interlude track was intense. Rolling Stone called him "the greatest rapper that ever lived." I don't know if I would believe that, but he is definitely up there. Really good album.

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Väldigt stark 4 men albumupplevelsen störs verkligen av de tre spåren mellan Big Poppa och Suicidal thoughts, som varken har samma momentum som andra låtar eller passar in lika bra som resten. Sex-sketcher hjälper inte. Annars fullt med klassiker och ett snyggt narrativ av en av tidernas mest trollbindande rappare.

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Claaaaaasic… might’ve been a 5 if this wasn’t the first time I heard it LOL

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Hitta int lika hårt som i ungdomen men trots det en klassiker!!!

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Zeer veel bekende details in de nummers, bijna perfecte klassieke hiphop

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Things Done Changed is a song for history books. Gimme The Loot is a rad song. Biggie's flow was very beat and rhythm focused. There is a great sense of where a word falls in relation to the beat and he can choose where on it he falls. His story telling is crystal clear, though I don't really find the story he's telling all that interesting halfway through. Method Man's appearance on The What is killer. Juicy is a stellar track. Everyday Struggle starts to show the cracks in the character of Biggie, which is the drama his story telling. It's just not interesting to listen to someone tell a story about how great he is at sex or whatever, see One More Chance. There is no tension, no struggle. It becomes more of an advertisement than a story. Big Poppa is a huge single. Friend Of Mine is kind of a trash song. Suicidal Thoughts is the fall of a titan, and is the only proper way to end this album.

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so good obviously

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brabo

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It was really interesting listening to this- it's another world and I'm glad to be living in a (relatively) safe boring suburb. The swearing and sex references kinda add to the whole impression. It's an eye-opener. The biggest tracks are R&B raps and are ok but I like the bits at the beginning- like uncut rough bits. Whatever you think of him as a human being he was a gifted storyteller.

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1994. Key Songs: Big Poppa, Juicy

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This is hard to evaluate. I cannot relate to the subject matter, and the content was indeed extremely heavy. At times I was overwhelmed, but I think that this was incredibly well-done and told a story. Plus, the beats and the vocals (sometimes) were excellent. 3.5?

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Solid.

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gillade detta. vill ge en fyra men det är för långt och för mycket mellansnack.

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Not for me

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думал посчитать сколько раз будет "нигга".. у меня нигга оверфлоу

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good album. first few songs I loved but the rest were okay.

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can hear how influential this has been on the whole rap scene for better or worse.. raisea alot of moral questions regarding lyrical content. want to give it less but that would be somewhat disingenuous

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 10/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 12/20 =57 Yeah not bad

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Very funky and cool flow, just not my kinda rap. Definitely more like 7.2/10 than 3/5 though. Wouldn't complain if it was playing, but wouldn't seek it out

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The album aged mostly well, the interludes are corny and cringe now but they kinda were then too. Mostly reminds me of college parties, I wasn’t exactly the target audience of this one.

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Not my type of music

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Solid album. I liked the storytelling aspect of it. It is a clear product of it time though. It was interesting to see how many modern day references are made in relation to this album.

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Genius intro track perfectly setting up the journey of the album. Expert use of samples for effect and to connect different tracks. And Hamilton influences everywhere. Lyrically, there’s a lot of misogyny and homophobia to unpack throughout, which I don’t care for at all. Biggie gave us a STORY in this album. It’s an interesting listening experience with a tragic ending.

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I appreciate his significance and cultural relevance but I just didn't connect with this album in any way.

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Not my style of music

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Pretty rappy. He's in Tamy's shocks :)

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It was good, a bit graphic and monotonous but that is just hip hop. He’s got flow.

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Good sound, a lot of foul words.

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Okay, 2,7

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Maybe if you lived in a 'hood in the mid90s NYC this is a masterpiece, who knows...

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Fine for what it is

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Too many songs about bitches, skits are shit, but when its being serious it's not that bad

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Het is wel leuk maar ik merk niet zo veel verschil met vergelijkbare artiesten

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Serieus, wat is dat toch met die seksgeluiden op albums? voor de rest is het een goed album.

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Interesting albumn, not really my thing.

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3/5 good..ish one but too bitch-y

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It’s ok. Probably needs more attention than I could give it to be honest. I will go back though.

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Great.

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Meh. I don't get the hype, hooks are THAT good and the lyrics aren't THAT profound.

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ganz ok

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cool vibes. if you don't know now you know. feels repetitive rhythm-wise over the album, but listening to it in one sitting becomes all the more pleasant. very autobiographic. not my favourite music genre though

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Pretty decent and could get into it with a few more listens

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Some great songs, class backing tracks. Too many sex noises

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Honestly the beginning of this album was great and got into some very important discussions. Then it became very violent. Great sound and rhythms though

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Wat dis? It's not in my bag, but fair play to him.

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Great hip hop album. The start is better than the end! Won’t be for everyone and there are thousands of hip hop albums better than this! But it is pretty bloody good!

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The beats and flow are great, but lyrics and themes are gross gansta rap that I can't get behind too much. If it had a bit more lyrical depth I'd be more into it.

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Don't love the dramatizations and skits throughout. Particularly at the beginning -wish it just went straight into the music. I really like "Juicy" alot but the album is CD-era bloated. I also don't love Puff Daddy's weak backup vocals throughout. Can't ignore the misogyny and the graphic sex stuff is a pretty big turn off. I like his voice alot and I like the beats/samples but as an album it doesn't gel for me.

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I think this is a pretty good album; has some nostalgic value for me because I was listening to some of these songs in high school. Still really like "Big Poppa" and a few others. Not sure that the album is aging super well overall though.

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Alex: supa, 7/10.

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great flow, terrible content

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Intro is interesting. In fact this whole album is something.

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I've never listened to this. But I've seen the cover so many times. I remember seeing it around during high school. One thing I really love about rap records is how everything bleeds from one track to the next. That's really cool. The mixing process must be so great for these records. Regarding the intro, I don't really know what's happening there. Must be a concept thing. Is it his life before the record? I don't know, but when that first sample starts on "Things Done Changed" I'm hooked. I can't really evaluate the quality but this seems like a certainty on the 1001 list. I liked it more than I thought I would.

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3.75

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The comedy sex bits are a bit tiresome, but the actual tracks are a great listen. This passed me by first time around, glad I got to hear it via albumsgenerator.

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There's a lot of great stuff in here, but jesus, if I gotta hear one more time about Biggie bustin' a nut... I mean, I don't really need to hear about that shit from anybody. Songs about how many "bitches" you "bust a nut" in are automatic zeroes for me.

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Den Namen kennt man. Aber ich habe ihn nie bewusst gehört. Klare Aussprache. Krasse Leistung für das Alter.

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YO! C'mon!

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A staple in "classic" hip hop album discussions. I've never been a big fan of Biggie; he was an undeniably talented rapper, but there didn't seem to be a great deal of variety to his style or substance. Plenty of excellent songs on this album, great beats and flows, but given the length it doesn't remain too exciting. I can co-sign the classic status, though I have to say that the sex skits are frankly unbearable. One of the worst habits of '90s rappers is sex skits--nobody wants to hear that. That alone prevents this from being perfect or anything close to it. I can recognize the greatness of this album, but it doesn't call to me as much as many others do. Favorite tracks: Gimme the Loot, The What, Big Poppa, Who Shot Ya, One More Chance. Album art: Another iconic cover. I don't think I know any other Biggie covers. But this surely inspired a lot of other baby picture covers for hip hop (and hip hop adjacent) albums. Looking at you, Lil Wayne. 3.5/5

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Ah, Mr BIG. I listened to some of his albums a long time ago when I was trying to catch up on rap that I missed and I wasn't a huge fan. Listening to it again, I still am not a big fan. There were some good ones one here like Ready to Die, Me and my Bitch and Big Papa but I'm just not a big fan of this big man. I don't doubt this album belongs on this list, and I recognize the significance but there is so much rap and hip hop that I enjoy far more than this notorious rapper.

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This is a rough album but still alright. 4RS

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La supposée série dorée m'attendant ce lundi matin à mon bureau tourne ne eau de boudin. En effet, je me reveillais ce matin avec la perspective de pouvoir enchaîner les 4/5, voir même peut-etre de pouvoir atribuer la note suprême, grâce à un enchainement Pink Floyd - Notorious Big - Bruce Springsteen - Michael Jackson - The Beatles. Pour l'instant c'est une catastrophe, d'autant plus que mon derneir commentaire sur l'album de merde des Pink Floyd a entraîné des poursuites judiciaires à mon encontre, sous l'impulsion d'un dénommé "R. Teillère". Je ne sais pas qui est ce petit connard mais j'espère le retrouver rapidement.

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Biggie gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️ it’s all pretty decent but gets dull quick and suffers for its length

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I've never heard Notorious BIG before, he's an undeniable talent but this overly long album lacks variety and it's not long before fatigue sets in. Would have been ⭐⭐⭐⭐ if it was shorter.

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A classic gangster rap album. I like the beats but some of the lyrics are yikes

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I did not hate it. I can understand why people like his music - he has good flow. I didn't pay much attention to the actual lyrics though

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This is the debut album from the rapper Notorious B.I.G., and his only album released during his lifetime - because he was murdered just before his second album dropped. This album was popular and successful at release, and is now certified 6 times platinum. The music was simply head-bobbing bass beats that allowed B.I.G. to eloquently rap over them. His lyrics are easy to follow and can tell a great story, but the skills of quick bars and great rhymes are still apparent. Overall, this may be one of the greatest rap albums of the past decades and everyone should give it a listen!

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Yttligare ett stereotypiskt tidigt rapalbum. När jag hör artisten sjunga om alla dessa narcisitiska idéer om sig själv hör jag bara hans patetiska strävan att bevisa sig själv. Och det instrumentala var ungefär lika givande som vilket annat tidigt hip hop-album som helst. Albumet hade ett antal märkvärdigare instrumentala kompletteringar. Bland annat stack låten Warning ut. Under den låten var det instrumentala banalt men extremt effektivt.

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Rap. Lot's of swearing, haha. Not bad. Liked a few songs

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Better than most of the East Coast rap I've heard (Wu-Tang etc.). Biggie's flows are great, though the subject matter is ridiculously repetitive once you get past the shock factor.

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xx

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Might be blasphemy, but as good as BIG is he's slightly overrated due to his tragic death. Still he has a style all of his own and it's still a good album with great beats.

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Gangsta rap isn't generally my thing, but this was mostly a fun listen! The production was great, and the flows smooth. Deducting a star because the misogyny really started to grate as the album went on. Fave track - "Intro" - I really liked all that story telling compressed into 3 and a half minutes - I coulda gone for a lot more of that...

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Not really a huge rap fan but I can see why this was so influential.

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Interesting. A bit too aggressive on the profanity for my taste. "One More Chance" is a crazy song...

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Influential record but much yikes, this did not age well at all.

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Nice, 6,5 points, not my preferences, but enjoyable and fun listening

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Hip hop en toda regla. Ritmos tranquilos, buenas bases, letras callejeras. Para amantes del género

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This is a difficult one for me. It's so often regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, and it's impossible to deny the influence and impact this record has. However no matter how many times I listen, something just doesn't click with me and I just feel underwhelmed. There are some good songs on here, and the closing track especially is so remarkable with its honesty and vulnerability, but the record as a whole just fails to resonate on the same level

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I liked the rap style, beats and production but as usual, I dislike rap lyrics.

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Most of the songs are okay.. But songs like Juicy and Big Poppa bump it up a lot.

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A bit rude!

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Skits were terrible, songs in general okay.

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This is a tough one. I am not a big rap person so the album isnt super appealing to me. Plus the whole gansta rap aesthetic is just nothing I relate to and this album is full of it. I dont think some of the lyrics have aged well and misogyny is pretty bad. Nonetheless the album is super influential and some of the beats are good. Happy to have crossed this off the list but I probably wont be returning to it again.

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The meanest, cleanest penis. Looses steam after Big Poppa. Forgot how dark this album gets.

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Such a monumental album. I just feel opposed to the themes and tone.

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Classic hiphop, from one of the greatest, but not enough variety in soind and subject matter in my opinion. Also, the last track on the remaster, "just playing (dreams)", is so sexist and misogynistic it meant the album finished on a very sour note

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BIG is pretty incredible at what he does but what he does is pretty off-putting. 5 stars for style and flow, 1 star for the horrifying content. The last song of the album added a star but the audio of him getting a sloppy beej lost him a star.

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Better than I thought it might be at first, but it quickly became unlistenable. Who wants to hear other people having sex?

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Big Poppa is a classic and a couple of other catchy songs.

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Another that came up for me before starting a group, here's what I said earlier: This is a difficult one for me. It's so often regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, and it's impossible to deny the influence and impact this record has. However no matter how many times I listen, something just doesn't click with me and I just feel underwhelmed. There are some good songs on here, and the closing track especially is so remarkable with its honesty and vulnerability, but the record as a whole just fails to resonate on the same level

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Good album minus the story tracks. Dumbest shit ever especially when you have to picture his fat ass.

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I really like Biggie's flow, but I was not a fan of the lyrics. I can definitely see how influential this album was though.

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I can't relate to most of the album, but I listened to it end-to-end. Not my thing, though I didn't dislike it. The lyrics are brutal, but maybe that's the point here.

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Big Poppa and Juicy remind me that I sure am white.

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I enjoyed this - yes some sketchy elements but as a lot of reviews say, a lot of head bobbing, and some great rhymes

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okay echt nice & chilled und sogar zum Arbeiten gut aaabeeeer: diese Sounds am Ende??! Bree das klingt total komisch und wenn jemand reinkommt würde er denken, ich A) spiele ein egoshoot Game B) schaue Pornos C) höre mir random Konversationen zum Spaß an

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I recognize that this album objectively pretty great, but it didn't really do it for me. It's not one I would listen to again by choice. 2 stars.

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old rap . nothing note worthy .

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Not bad, not really for me. Interesting beats and lyrics. Maybe a bit too "Thug" for my mood

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Wie so oft bei hip hop: geeht so.

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I don't really like rap, but I know this one is a classic. Still not a fan though.

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I get pretty tired of the theatrics and f-bombs dropping. Beats are pretty dope.

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old school hiphop. not terrible but not my thing. lyrics might have been great but could not be bothered to actally listen to them

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Certainly better than I expected. Though there's some decent stuff here, the album is massively let down by a) being way longer than it has any right to be b) a number of very poor songs that do nothing but pad the already excessive runtime c) why the fuck is there a song that's literally just sex noises

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meh, I won't remember this album.

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I don’t hate the music in this, but the content is not my favorite.

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this one missed me. a couple of tracks were definitely worth another listen, but i kinda always felt like this particular slice of ny hip hop was just not for me. a whole lot of showboating, but the flow just wasn't there. maybe it was just how it was at the time, but in the end, i didn't love this one.

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Rap coñazo.

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2/10 Prescindible

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Hip-hop soez.

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Juicy, big poppa, once more Chance much de hip hop

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Im oftmals hohlen Macker biz des hiphop geht’s nicht ohne sie: Frauen! Als Thema zum Abarbeiten würde hier 2/3 der Tracks jede Grundlage fehlen, im smoothen Refrain ihre sanften Vocals zum Polstern stumpfer Kanten, zuletzt in lobenswerten Collabos („Respect“). Eingedenk dessen und einem teils skizzenhaft-tapey Charakter des Werks: 1.6

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fehlt ja einiges bei spotify, ordentlich frauenfeindlich auch. brrr.

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A much more melodic and enjoyable listen than I'd expected. Point off for track 8, general misogyny and for trying to rhyme 'air' with 'player'.

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Angry, angry young man...

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Too much sweary potty mouth.

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Rap

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Met moeite geluisterd naar dit album. Absoluut niet mijn ding. Maar een nummer apart zou ik eventueel wel luisteren. Het volledige album is wat te veel

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Music and beats are good. Voice doesn't grate. Don't care much for content.

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In Conclusione: In gran parte per me i problemi sono gli stessi del Wu-Tang anche se qui a tratti ha mantenuto più viva la mia attenzione perché ogni tanto i testi funzionano di più. Comunque continuo veramente a non capire il senso di questo genere, tanto più che Notorious BIG è considerato uno dei più grandi esponenti. Perché c'è sempre d'obbligo la canzone con l'audio del pompino? Sicuramente lui sarà stato il primo eh, però... Mi rimane la sensazione che di tutto quello di cui potrebbero parlare ora che so usciti dallo spaccio e dalla criminalità in gran parte scelgano sempre di parlare delle stesse cose codificate dal genere con qualche eccezione e infatti le eccezioni so sicuramente più interessanti. Poi sto fatto che si so probabilmente ammazzati per le faide aperte con le canzoni mi sembra un epilogo tragicomico. Insomma per carità rispetto la sua popolarità ma probabilmente non me lo risentirò mai.

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Meh

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Started off solid but after an hour of the same 3 words got boring. Almost turned off at the sound of fellatio, not sure how that is music!

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Obnoxious motherfucking skits

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This album is a lot to take in. A definitive album for it's time, but really heavy.

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Some interesting raps but generally repetitive with foul language

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Gangsta rap - pretty much what I expected

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Joopajoo. Äärimmäisen keskinkertaista ganstarappia muutamilla genrelle ominaisilla välioutouksilla varustettuna. Big Poppa oli ihan hyvä biisi.

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Ok rap not a big fan

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BIG has flow. He voice and attitude are great. And though i'm generally okay with the gangster approach, i tired of the misogyny/bitch content quickly, and much of the album wasn't nearly as engaging as i had expected from this seminal release.

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2.0

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Good rapping, not great subject matter, kinda dull beats, too much sex.

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First listen. Heard of him before, don't know the songs at all. 2/5. I like the sampling. Need time to know the songs. The language is a huge negative for me.

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I probably need to revisit this on a different day because I struggled to get through this one. Music keeps this from being a 1, but I don't understand the critical acclaim for what's basically a one-note album filled with threats and gunshots.

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Didn't really like this one that much, but can hear some very classic 90s hip-hop elements.

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I was grossed out by the lyrics Music/vocals are interesting and sound like they must have been a huge influence

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Simple effective production, and the rap was really easy to listen and flowed well. However the themes/message really didn't resonate with me. I much prefer the 90's hip hop by Guru, the native tongues, etc

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Really liked some of these songs but they were buried in so much unfunny bullshit. If I wanted to listen to unfunny bullshit I'd put Radio 4 on.

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Some funny lyrics but all the skits and sound effects really annoy me

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No es mi genero claramente. En cualquier caso, no le pongo más por que no creo que me lo ponga más veces.

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3/10. Ugh, this was so long and so samey and had a ninety-second interlude that was just sex noises. I could sort of see the appeal of it at times, but also it just wasn't for me.

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whatevs

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I do like some rap, and I do appreciate this, but it's just a little too crass for my everyday tastes.

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Excellent album to put on at family dinners. ... ok seriously for a minute putting aside the tough language (which for me does get distracting quickly...and then even more so) this is my first true foray into Biggie and it's pretty good - I love the production and heavy head-bobbing beats. As for Big's actual rapping I like it a lot - he's forceful, very rhythmic (which is definitely my preference). Super tragic, obviously; it would have been great to hear how he progressed because this as a debut was damn impressive. So it's tough for me to give this a good rating because...when I notice lyrics on an album it's usually for a bad reason. I noticed these lyrics. eh, not to be all pearl-clutching but ... they were a lot to take in the best of songs :D and at the worst they're just gross or even worse. The skits are stupid even by stupid standards and it all started to slide further about halfway through. So on a musical level it's definitely fantastic, and again - a damn shame he died early because if he had grown a little lyrically who knows how good he would have been but for this album I gotta think a lot of the praise is too damn apologetic - these lyrics are awful. Could recommend a few songs and again - the music is pretty great everywhere but it all gets dragged down by the misogyny and infantilism. 4/10 2 stars.

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this album actually was like so weird it made me uncomfortable and it was strange like he has good beats but idk man

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Already done this one: "Good rapping, not great subject matter, kinda dull beats, too much sex."

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Yeah, the rhymes may be great, but the beats are not doing any favours for me. I'm gonna have to go 2 or 3 tops - the skill and the flow push it towards 3, but the edgelordy skits and the repetitive beats, themes etc push it back down to two. I wanted to like it, I really did.

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Me da pereza escuchar un disco entero. Alguna canción puede ser buena pero un disco entero es demasiado

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Not exactly Sunday morning listening, not exactly how I like my hop hop either. The Daisy Age this isn't. It's very tight and well crafted, but doesn't speak to me. The life story samples aren't worth a second listen. My ears pricked up with the MTME Juicy sample.

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I can hear that this holds together both as an album and a story, but I think I am a bit old for an hour and a quarter of wall-to-wall “guns and b*tches”. The backing generally flows well but I have to say I actually find ol’ Notorious’ voice a bit monotonous and emotionless after a while.

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Not for me but actually fairly fun as it went on

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Um, so this album didn't really age too well. The lyricism is the problem, a lot of it didn't sit right with me. As for the skits... well, I think they weren't necessary at all. Big Poppa and Juicy are the only songs I like and will continue to listen to.

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Kolejny czarny album przekradl sie na liste, padlo na ready to die pana Biggiego, ktory jest jego studyjnym debiutem z 94, jest to plyta z zlotej ery czarnej gry i preludium do wielkiego beefu east vs west, jak zaczac to z przytupem, bo jest to potezny 69 minutowy krazek, przepakowany samplami dostarczonymi przez gorno juz w tamtym czasie uznanych producentow, zaczynajac od puffiego konczac na premierze, chociaz warto jeszcze wspomniec o panu easy mo bee, ktory sporo trakow wyprodukowal, pomimo tego ze jest to ultra gangstra hardkorowy material, to jednak sproo beatow ma w sobie funkowe brzmienie co jest zasluga samplowania, czego najlepszym przykladem jest juicy z probkowaniem juicy fruit, lirycznie notoryczny B.I.G jest okresalny jako geniusz opowiesci stapajacych twardo po ziemi, oczywiscie chodzi o gettowa ziemie, bo co jak co background do gloszenia czarnej ewangelii to mial, a dodatkowo otaczanie sie proroczymi wizjami wczesnego zgonowania, jak nawet glosza tytuly krazkow, tylko pomoglo stworzyc legende, jak przystalo na gangsta rap nie moglo zabraknac watkow wygodnego zycia pedzonego na sodomie, co slychac w roznych biczowych lirykach, czy nawet fukowych skitach, ktore nie wnosza nic poza yikesowaniem, ale jak teraz slucham calosci, to sporo trakow wydaje mi sie mocno srednia w porownaniu do tego co pamietam z biggiego jako klasyki, do plusow plyty mozna dodac skormna liczbe featurow, bo rappowo pojawia sie jedynie method man na the what, reszta to refrenowe wokale w klimatach rnb czy reggae jak na respect od pani diany king, wiec utwierdzilem sie w tym, ze nie jestem fanem albumow szerokiego pana, bo tak przyziemnie historie sa dobre dla ludzi ktorzy nimi zyja lub dla ignorantow ktorzy chcieliby nimi zyc, a czy sodoma i dazenie do kolejnych zer na koncie w celu poprawy swojego statusu spolecznego jest rozsadnym celem egzystencji, jeszcze zabawniej to brzmi w ustach kogos kto uwaza system w ktorym zyje za niesprawiedliwy i nieludzo go traktujacy, wiec bedzie gral wedlug jego zasad w celu wygrania jego gierki, bo jak inaczej nazwac szol biznes jakim jest rap w takim wydaniu, na plejke dobrzce wspomniany wczesniej trak juicy, bo najwieksze szlagiery juz wczesniej sie na niej znalazly

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Not for me at all. Highlights: Juicy, Machine Gun Funk

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Some classic songs on there and nice beats throughout, but as a whole that album didn’t vibe with me. Sounds like Biggie had a lot to work through, but I can’t deal with all the misogyny and talk of murder.

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Yeah nah

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Terrible

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Nooo

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Horrendous

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Malo

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Meh 😒

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Yeah, no. I stopped during the third song. So not for me.

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The album that reinvented East Coast rap for the gangsta age, Ready to Die made the Notorious B.I.G. a star, and vaulted Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy label into the spotlight as well. Today it's recognized as one of the greatest hardcore rap albums ever recorded, and that's mostly due to Biggie's skill as a storyteller.

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This makes me so angry I can hardly articulate it. Racist, mysoginist in the extreme, boastful, violent and just downright disrespectful all round. Oh yes, and it's also rubbbish musically.

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I really don't understand this kind of shit.

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Proprio no. Mi sono fermato alla terza traccia.

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Tämä oli kaameaa kuraa ja pitkä levy. Minun korvaan räpäyttely oli vähän epäselvää ja lähinnä siitä jäi mieleen oman nimen toistelu, niggat, ammuskelu, kiroilu ja panojutut. Biitit oli aika monotonisia ja kaikki biisit kuulostivat enemmän tai vähemmän samoilta.

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Too many Expletives. Darling cover, am a softy for any baby on covers😁

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Did not like

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It's alright. Just wasn't in the mood.

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Total crap.

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Nigga pöetry wit zom biits

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Skothvellir og ýmis konar kynlífshljóð í lengri tíma gerðu alveg út af við þessa plötu fyrir mig. Ekki minn tebolli.

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Hip Hop. Really?!? Sorry, could never get into it. And really, I tried listening to a few tracks here, I just can't find anything I like. 1/5.

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bullshit

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uf, ovo mi je bas dosadno i repetitivno

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Whelp. Definitely not my cup of tea. There were some good beats and decent background music, but the subject matter is simply one I cannot relate to. Also, far, far too many extremely unpleasant noises to make for good listening. That is not what I want to hear. And too much D*$# for me, thanks.

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Whyyyyy are there so many sex noise/porno skits?! Why do they feel the need to add those in? Even if you're someone who isn't bothered by the misogynistic side of it, it's just annoying to listen to! Though it's not my typical genre, this isn't my first Biggie album. There's some more enjoyable tracks on here, but I still prefer his 'Mo Money Mo Problems' over anything else.

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The most tedious album opener I've ever had the misfortune to hear. These skits age like milk.

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Some of the beats were good and the rapping smooth but I really didn't enjoy this album.

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Terrible content. It makes me sad people experience this way of life

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nope

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It’s good, a bit hardcore

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