The Notorious B.I.G.
Ready to Die


5.0
classic

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best albums of a genre

Few rappers will ever have the impact that Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G. had on the scene. Literally from rags to riches, young Christopher Wallace took his first chance to get out of his young life as a drug dealer, and quickly proved himself to be one of the finest men ever to breathe on a microphone, not to mention the millions of albums he managed to sell, despite tragedy striking fast, with two albums under his belt. The Notorious B.I.G. is a name that will forever be held in high regard.

The better of the two albums was undoubtably his first album, Ready To Die, which spawned the hit singles Big Poppa and Juicy, as well as many thug hits such as Gimme The Loot and Machine Gun Funk, the incredibly emotional Suicidal Thoughts, and the haunting song Warning. Through its entire one hour duration, Ready To Die is nothing short of breathtaking, with powerful beats, tight flows, and incredibly well written lyrics.

Following the strong opener, Things Done Changed, the four song home run begins, being the strongest run on the album, and one of the best four-song runs of any album. Gimme The Loot is a highly popular song, being a frequently played club hit, Machine Gun Funk contains some brutally well written lyrics and an infectious chorus, Warning is an extremely dark song that sends chills down my spine every time i hear it, and the title track is one of the most recognizable songs in hip hop.

Whilst on the subject of recognition, Juicy, Big Poppa and Suicidal Thoughts are rightfully considered to be three of the best songs in hip hop history. Juicy has an incredibly funky beat to it, great use of sampling and the artist's own story. Big Poppa is an amazing song front to back, with some great lyrics and one of the tightest flows on the album. However, it is album closer Suicidal Thoughts that, in my eyes, takes the cake as being the best song, not only from this album, but also the best that Biggie ever put out.

Suicidal Thoughts is horrifically dark, and carries a "i dont care what you think, this is how i feel" vibe that is enough to reduce grown men to tears due to how resigned Biggie sounds on this song. This time, it is his voice that carries the song, instead of the lyrics and the flow, which is fairly sloppy for this tune. He sounds literally ready to commit suicide, and it is haunting and scary to listen to, and is the single defining song ever to come from The Notorious B.I.G. and remains an essential listen.

This album is one of the finest lyrical performances from any rapper to have lived, and the flows on here are almost always untouchable. However, it is the stories behind each of the songs that keep this album feeling fresh every time. The heavy variety of lyrical themes found throughout, and jump from dark to light sounds cause a contrast unfound in music, and keep this album as the best of its genre. 5/5



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sspedding
October 3rd 2012


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is probably the best hip hop album I have ever heard and ever will hear.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012


20158 Comments


Don't listen to much rap but this one is good I should rate it pos's

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ThroneOfAgony
October 3rd 2012


3485 Comments


no[2]



snoopdogg6969
October 3rd 2012


419 Comments


album is fuckin incredible from a sound point of view, but you have to admit that about half of the lyrics you don't even agree with, a lot of it is typical gangsta rap about drugs and violence, and yeah he makes this really interesting with his wit but still can't see how anyone puts BIG ahead of KRS-ONE who has just as much wit and spreads a real message the world can agree with.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012


24098 Comments


nope

i really fucking hate biggie

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someguest
October 3rd 2012


21390 Comments


B.I.G. the King of F.I.L.L.E.R.

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bloc
October 3rd 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only album I like from him. I would 5 this but I hate the skit and the song Respect.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012


21819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album

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FourthReich
October 3rd 2012


18138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wait something is missing in the review, i know, there is no metion of how much worse hip hop has gotten since the 90's! fantastic, concise review, no filler, POS.



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