Ready to Die Explicit Lyrics
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MP3 Music, November 21, 2006
|Audio CD, Explicit Lyrics, 1994||
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Before they spend their money on this fakeness, the fans have the right to know...especially the young folks who weren't even around back in the day...that the album you see before you...this so called "remaster"...is NOT what Biggie fans rocked out to in '94. This is NOT the album that was bangin' in the clubs, in our cars, or at our house parties. Take it from someone who was there, this so-called "remaster" is not just an enhancement of sound quality as the name might imply, it's a totally different album.
Don't get it twisted, the original version, the one with the white cover, wasn't some rough mix that was stolen from Easy Mo Bee's basement and released on the streets as a bootleg or whatever...it was the official studio release. The one you bought at Sam Goody, Coconuts, or, until 2006, right here on amazon. And now it's gone forever in favor of this inferior mess.
And why? Money, mostly. And a touch of political correctness.
1.) Bad Boy's legal department apparently f'd up and some of the samples used on the original weren't cleared properly, so rather than tap into their billions and just pay whatever licensing fees were necessary for the re-release, Diddy and company decided to just CHANGE THE ORIGINALS!!! So now, tracks like "Machine Gun Funk" and "Ready to Die" sound totally different. They are not at all what we heard when we first bumped this album back in '94.
2.) Some of Biggie's original lyrics were apparently too raw for the sensibilities of the new millenium so they were edited out or backmastered.Read more ›
A previous reviewer already noted that the MP3 version is edited; I can't comment on that. What I can tell you is that, due to legal wrangling, some integral samples have been removed from this version, specifically from "Ready to Die," "Machine Gun Funk," and "Gimme the Loot." This definitely makes the remaster inferior. Go find the original version at a used CD store.
[Edit: Amazon removed my links to examples, but you can find the original and remastered versions of those tracks on YouTube and compare.]
It's really too bad that whoever owns these tracks won't do the right thing! It's not like Biggie's profiting from any of this anyway.
Don't download, buy the real CD. Amazon is lying to you.
"Ready To Die" sounds better than ever. All the hits are here still, from "Big Poppa" to "Juicy". And for those who might be wondering, the controversial "blow up like the World Trade" line that has been edited on the radio since the 9/11 attacks stays intact on "Juicy". Big's influence on the modern MC is noticeable in nearly every line he drops (and there are some hot ones). His superb duet with Method Man, "The What", which has never gotten as much love as it should, really showcases the two soon to be superstars when they were at their most powerful. Biggie touches many different subjects with "Ready" as he is able to swing back and forth from hustling ("Gimme The Loot") to steady-mackin' ("Me & My B*tch", "One More Chance") and still speak on his paranoia of death ("Ready To Die", "Suicidal Thoughts").
"Ready To Die" was a classic album. It's been one for ten years and will continue to be one so the addition of new material really shouldn't hurt it, right? My only problem is including two new songs at the end does somewhat change the format of the album. The first bonus song, "Who Shot Ya?" was already included on Big's poorly-organized posthumous LP, "Born Again". A better choice could have been the remix to "One More Chance".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great and of historic value if needing to explain the teachings of Notorius BIG and his feelings of how his environment made him feel at that time.Published 12 days ago by Hamlet R Bent
Ready to die why I act that way... Pah duke left mah duke f*ggot took the back wayPublished 21 days ago by Aethien
My 18 years old son love it. All young people in my office love it. But I'm a 52 and I can't really enjoy it all.Published 2 months ago by Pedro Rabie Valdebenito
One of the best albums of all time by one of the best rap artists of all time. I recommend getting "Ready to Die" the original copy in the white cover to get Biggie's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Kelsey
This is a great album even though there were some changes in my opinion.Published 5 months ago by Forearm Pimp
Thank you so much for this cd! I love it! Also thank you for the snack I did like it! Everything worked out great!Published 6 months ago by justin