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Ready to Die Explicit Lyrics

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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 (411 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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"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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"Ready To Die" is arguably one of the hottest debuts in hip-hop history. You can argue whether it is better than "Doggystyle", "Illmatic", or the select few other solo debuts to make such a list but there is no arguing its influence on the rap game. With that being known, it's not much of a surprise that P. Diddy and his Bad Boy label decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the album by re-releasing it in all its glory with a remastered sound, two bonus songs, and a DVD of its hit videos.

"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".
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