Notorious BIG
Ready to Die

  2 x LP   180grs       US Import 

2013 US reissue on 180g 2LP-The Notorious B.I.G. took the music world by storm with his 1994 Bad Boy Records debut album Ready To Die, which has gone on to become one of the most beloved and enduring hip-hop albums of all time. Ready To Die was the o...

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Release date: 25-01-2013(origianlly released in 1994)
2013 US reissue on 180g 2LP-The Notorious B.I.G. took the music world by storm with his 1994 Bad Boy Records debut album Ready To Die, which has gone on to become one of the most beloved and enduring hip-hop albums of all time. Ready To Die was the only album issued during Biggie's lifetime as he was murdered days before the 1997 release of his second and final full-length, Life After Death.
Featuring the classic tracks “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “One More Chance,” Ready To Die single-handedly revitalized the East Coast hip hop scene after longstanding commercial dominance by the West Coast and has gone onto quadruple platinum sales and counting. A cinematic storyteller with an effortless flow, the authenticity of Biggie's rhymes were in the details and a foreboding sense of doom which was all too real. 
Ready To Die is the third highest hip hop album on Rolling Stone's list of '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' coming in at #134: "B.I.G. (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls) took the gritty life experience of his hard-knock Brooklyn youth and crammed it into Ready to Die, hip-hop's greatest debut. "Big Poppa" is the hit sex jam, "Juicy" made you laugh as you danced, and on "Things Done Changed" and "Everyday Struggle," he relates gangsta tales in a voice as thick as his waistline."
Tracks:
LP1
A1 Intro
A2 Things Done Changed
A3 Gimme The Loot
A4 Machine Gun Funk
A5 Warning
B1 Ready To Die
B2 One More Chance
B3 #!*@ Me (Interlude)
B4 The What
B5 Juicy
LP2
C1 Everyday Struggle
C2 Me & My B*tch
C3 Big Poppa
C4 Respect
D1 Friend Of Mine
D2 Unbelievable
D3 Suicidal Thoughts
D4 Who Shot Ya
ALLMUSIC
The album that reinvented East Coast rap for the gangsta age, Ready to Die made the Notorious B.I.G. a star, and vaulted Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy label into the spotlight as well. Today it's recognized as one of the greatest hardcore rap albums ever recorded, and that's mostly due to Biggie's skill as a storyteller. His raps are easy to understand, but his skills are hardly lacking -- he has a loose, easy flow and a talent for piling multiple rhymes on top of one another in quick succession. He's blessed with a flair for the dramatic, and slips in and out of different contradictory characters with ease. Yet, no matter how much he heightens things for effect, it's always easy to see elements of Biggie in his narrators and of his own experience in the details; everything is firmly rooted in reality, but plays like scenes from a movie. A sense of doom pervades his most involved stories: fierce bandits ("Gimme the Loot"), a hustler's beloved girlfriend ("Me & My Bitch"), and robbers out for Biggie's newfound riches ("Warning") all die in hails of gunfire. The album is also sprinkled with reflections on the soul-draining bleakness of the streets -- "Things Done Changed," "Ready to Die," and "Everyday Struggle" are powerfully affecting in their confusion and despair. Not everything is so dark, though; Combs' production collaborations result in some upbeat, commercial moments, and typically cop from recognizable hits: the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" on the graphic sex rap "One More Chance," Mtume's "Juicy Fruit" on the rags-to-riches chronicle "Juicy," and the Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets" on the overweight-lover anthem "Big Poppa." Producer Easy Mo Bee's deliberate beats do get a little samey, but it hardly matters: this is Biggie's show, and by the time "Suicidal Thoughts" closes the album on a heartbreaking note, it's clear why he was so revered even prior to his death.
Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33rpm
Opm(Ltd,Colored,PictureDisc): US Import
Label: BAD BOY entertainment
Originally released: 1994
This release: 2013
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