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Ready to Die [Explicit Lyrics]

Notorious B.I.G.Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Arista Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Ready to Die We Rocked in '94 November 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I know, I know. How could I give one of the hottest hip hop albums of all time two stars, right? Well I've got a better question for you: How could Bad Boy piss all over Biggie's legacy and mutilate this classic?

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" 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 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.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can I put this? July 22, 2001
Hmm it's a good album...wait no a great album...forget that it's the BEST album. When biggie dropped this album it hit like an atomic bomb, totally re-arranging the rap world and driving the fledging east-coast back to the top. Normally I would tell you my favorite tracks but I'll just break it down with the whole damn CD is amazing. From the intro to the ending "Suicidal Thoughts" The Notorious BIG put down everything thats essential for an instant classic, and believe it or not Puff Daddy...oh excuse me "P. Diddy" laced this whole album up with amazing beats. If I could give this CD 10 stars I would, and like several reviewers on here mentioned, how could you give it anything less? And finally this last part is for all angry Tupac Shakur fans coming down on this CD with 1 star reviews and cursing, Tupac and Biggie were equally great we all know it, but some of us would rather stay angry. But isn't that anger the same kind that made us lose the two greatest MC's Tupac and Biggie? Think about it, and grab this CD. Peace.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great album; Downloaded version is edited. December 15, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I saw the review posted here about the albums being edited. A comment gave a new link for an unedited version but that one was edited as well. Guess I'm out some money.

Don't download, buy the real CD. Amazon is lying to you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another reason to avoid the remaster! June 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The album itself is classic, 5 stars, hands down. But, don't buy the remaster!

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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Album for the Thinking Rap Fan August 17, 1999
By A Customer
"Ready to Die" is an essential album for true rap fans. Yes, Biggie explores the usual gangsta trappings (clothes, bank rolls and ho's, etc.). What separates this work from most the rest of the cookie-cutter rappers out there is that Biggie writes with intelligence, style and wit. His lyrics are what separate this album from the rest of the heap - he expresses himself with the clarity and cleverness more typically found in a classic songwriter. The samples and beats behind the lyrics compliment most of the material perfectly and are a refreshing break from the played-out R&B/Funk West Coast sound. B.I.G. uses humor, intelligence and vivid imagery subtely and lets the listener fill in the gaps. Like Nas' debut album "Illmatic"(also highly recommended!), "Ready to Die" is a refreshing departure from the Top 40-driven rap/hip hop scene predominant today. It's rap that you won't feel embarassed to listen to.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Album March 25, 2005
By Drew
In 1994, The Notorious B.I.G. came out with what I think is the greatest rap album ever created. Biggie had an amazing rhyme style which he unleashed in every single song. He could change his style from song to song and still managed to keep in character. He made songs that showed what he knew about when he was growing up hustling. His raps are easy to understand but he manages to still make them outstanding. Biggie's loose and easy flow made his songs great. When he begins to pile multiple rhymes on top of one another you know you're hearing a classic. My favorite aspect of The Notorious B.I.G. is his dramatic storytelling and how easily he slips in and out of different characters.

1. Intro - Nice intro to introduce The Notorious B.I.G. into the game.

2. Things Done Changed - Very deep song. Great to start off this album. Really defines himself with this song about changes. "Back in the days, our parents used to take care of us. Look at em now, they even f***ing scared of us!" 10/10

3. Gimmie The Loot - Classic track. Biggie flawlessly portrays two different characters. This song is funny and has some classic lines. "I wouldn't give f*** if you're pregnant. Give me the baby rings and a #1 MOM pendant!" 10/10

4. Machine Gun Funk - Great lyrics, great beat and sample. "Relentless approach, to know if I'm broke or not, Just cause I joke and smoke a lot, Don't mean I don't tote the glock." 10/10

5. Warning - A great song. One of his best actually. This song shows Big's storytelling ability and manages to inject some humor and his lyrics are perfect. "There's gonna be a lot of slow singin, and flower bringin if my burgular alarm starts ringing." 10/10

6. Ready To Die - Classic song.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and creative!
Hands down one of Biggies best album. His style and rawness is displayed through his creative story telling from the intro to the very end. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ferdinand Ocampo
5.0 out of 5 stars f***** biggie smalls notorious f***** BIG
its the f****** best CD I have ever heard. He is the God of all rappers if you have a problem with that you could suck on my doggie Nuts
Published 1 month ago by Reyes Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to Die: An Instant Classic
This is easily one of the top 5 greatest albums of all time. In This work Biggie's phenomenal lyrical ability and smooth flow are on full display in classic songs like "Ready... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rasul Silva
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
Actually I am a pop & rock fun. I like black music from 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s. From musical point of view, I don't like hiphop or rap, except some songs, like The message (GMF). Read more
Published 1 month ago by KASTRINAKIS ALEXANDROS
5.0 out of 5 stars classic hip hop album when hip hop was really hip hop
What more can I say it's biggie album full of radio hits club bangers another album that takes me back when hip hop was at it's best notorious big top 5 greatest to it
Published 2 months ago by Demeror Carr
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hype Preceded the Album
Notorious B.I.G. is meant to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Two albums and an untimely death sort of go against that vibe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dale Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Remaster
If you have a decent sound system in your car, it's worth buying the remaster edition.
This CD contains a good portion of the artist's classics.
Published 2 months ago by Zachary Saltsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!!
Classic album Biggie's lyrics are on point and the beats are great as well. Top five hip hop album of all time for sure!
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Mata
5.0 out of 5 stars King of NYC
Big was the best to ever do it. A great story teller. An inspiration to us all. He went deeper than drugs, women, guns, money, he was a guy that came from nothing & got blessed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars rip big
the nothorious big was and still is one of the most influential artists in rap, music and overall art, his first album is definitely his masterpiece
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