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Ready to Die [Explicit Lyrics]

Notorious B.I.G.Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Arista Records
  • ASIN: B000KFTWIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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80 of 81 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"...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.
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52 of 56 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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15 of 16 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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23 of 26 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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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
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"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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Can anyone forget this album? This album (as well as Nas' "Illmatic" were the front runners of the year 1994. Christopher "Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls)" Wallace debuted with this album with the lead single "Juicy". A rags to riches song that still gets played here in 2006. Biggie's lyrical skills were excellent. I hear a lot of rappers (who I will be here all day naming) saying excellent lines that came from Biggie. I think to myself "Damn, this guy said everything".

The album is excellent too. A lot of these songs are about drugs, robbing, and what not. Big was just rhyming about things that he went through before he had a record deal, trying to survive and eat. Who could blame him? "Give Me The Loot" is one of those songs about his struggles (some words were edited in this song. I'm pretty sure rhyming about robbing a pregnant woman was going to gain some negative attention). "Machine Gun Funk" is self explanitory on how a good song it was. "Warning" was a short song and video about people targeting him for his money. "One More Chance" is a great song about how he gets his females. The song would be remixed and made into a video a year later, but both versions sound great.

Guest appearances are only one. Method Man, back when his rhyme skills were phenomonal, would rhyme on "The What". Classic track if you ask me.

Production was by Mr. Cee, and Puff Daddy. True, Puffy might be the "king of beat jacking" and what not, but he did a damn good job with them. The Isley Brothers "Between The Sheets" would be made into the classic single "Big Poppa" was one of them.

This album was pulled off the shelves earlier of this year, because of unauthorized sampling on this album. But recently I've seeing it back on shelves. I guess it got settled.
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