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Ready to Die [Explicit Lyrics]

Notorious B.I.G.Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 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 (382 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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73 of 74 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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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars R. I. P. B. I. ...
R.I.P. B.I.G. !!
Published 11 days ago by J
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Husband loves it
Published 15 days ago by Jamie Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by Daniel Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hip hop classic
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album with all original info and disc. good job man
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars love biggie
Love biggie, too much talking on this album but there a lot of good jams. i listen to our it on my way to work
Published 2 months ago by Kittylove1
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 4 months ago by Fred Ocampo
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 6 months 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 6 months ago by dmirror
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 6 months ago by Dale Perry
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