The Notorious B.I.G.
Ready to Die


4.5
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Review

by AesopRockFan USER (1 Reviews)
April 6th, 2019 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *Favorite line in this album* and when I rock her and drop her, I'm taking her doorknockers And if she's resistant: blakka, blakka, blakka

I wasn't a fan of gangsta rap, to be honest. To me, it's just the same thing over and over again (especially how mainstream rap at the time was oversaturated with gangsta rap music in the West Coast hip hop scene) and even 2pac doesn't work for me either despite his lyrics not always gangsta related but that's a whole different story.

So when a Biggie album was voted the most even though it's tied with strangely enough a Beastie Boys album (here's a twist. I'm Starlord 467) I have to spin a coin and it landed on heads so it's Biggie that technically won. I was skeptical about this album. maybe, it wouldn't work for me despite Biggie being from the East Coast so I listened from beginning to end and I'm in love with it immediately from the very first listen. I thought the beats were cleverly done by the majority of a producer named Easy Mo Bee (with the few exceptions in other songs like Unbelievable being produced by DJ Premier and Suicidal Thought being produced by Lord Finesse for examples) and all of the songs have a strong variety in terms of what Biggie was talking about in his lyrics such as Warning which contains a very smooth sounding beat mixed with biggie talking about how his friend Puff Daddy warns him about a bunch of people he actually knew before he was rich trying to plot some scheme against him which leads to the end where he kills them all of course or Suicidal Thoughts with a disturbing beat mixed with an extremely original idea of how tired of his life and how regretful he is of his actions throughout his entire gangsta life and how every woman he dates just treat him badly and he just did it back to them like what is revealed previously in songs like One More Chance or Friend of Mine for example which just gives more depth into the character that he's portraying in this entire album and so, in the end, he decides to kill himself which leads to Puff Daddy tryig to stop him while they're on the phone and its too late. He already killed himself which ends with Puff Daddy screaming his name on the phone and a heartbeat just slowly fades away slowly and quietly until it stopped.

So to sum it up this album, in my opinion, is gangsta rap done right. It has great bars, great beats and great concepts done awesomely throughout a lot of these songs. my only gripe with this album is, of course, a sex skit that is just plain garbage and is just filler for some dumb reason and another one is more of a nitpick than really an actual flaw cause none of these three songs ill mention are bad its just that like what I said previously of course songs like One More Chance, Me and my Bitch and Friend of Mine are all have some sort of misogynistic feel which is why if I read the lyrics in the song I'll still be impressed about the lyricism cause of how he made up his rhymes but what he's actually saying either comes as really comical like in one more chance where its just plain dirty rap (which I hate) or just plain uncomfortable like Friend of Mine or Me and my Bitch despite them coming from an understandable place but regardless of that the songs are not bad they're still great but if I have to pay attention to what they're actually saying ill be a little bit uncomfortable about it biut its still all fine and good and one more thing is how uncomfortable the intro song is in the middle part and end part but im ok with it being a part of it is cause well if you think that's just a harsh life that Biggie grew up in at the time so it has its place and im ok with it. it makes the album that much interesting.

so in overall ill give it a 4.5/5! Amazing album but close to being perfect but I still consider you checking it out if you're an old-school hip hop 90's fan


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StrikeOfTheBeast
April 6th 2019


6316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There's a lot of run-on sentences in this review. That twist about you being Starlord467 also serves no purpose in this review.



"my only gripe with this album is, of course, a sex skit that is just plain garbage and is just filler for some dumb reason and another one is more of a nitpick than really an actual flaw cause none of these three songs ill mention are bad its just that like what I said previously of course songs like One More Chance, Me and my Bitch and Friend of Mine are all have some sort of misogynistic feel which is why if I read the lyrics in the song I'll still be impressed about the lyricism cause of how he made up his rhymes but what he's actually saying either comes as really comical like in one more chance where its just plain dirty rap (which I hate) or just plain uncomfortable like Friend of Mine or Me and my Bitch despite them coming from an understandable place but regardless of that the songs are not bad they're still great but if I have to pay attention to what they're actually saying ill be a little bit uncomfortable about it biut its still all fine and good and one more thing is how uncomfortable the intro song is in the middle part and end part but im ok with it being a part of it is cause well if you think that's just a harsh life that Biggie grew up in at the time so it has its place and im ok with it."



Like seriously, this is a run-on sentence. Please use your punctuation more next time.



The review starts off well enough until the second paragraph, and this feels rushed.

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AesopRockFan
April 6th 2019


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback. I'll try to do that next time.

Ryus
April 6th 2019


17397 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

is this sach

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2019


8937 Comments


"So when a Biggie album was voted the most"

This album is, indeed, the most.

Drifter
April 8th 2019


15418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gangsta rap done right

CaliggyJack
April 10th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Rating this below a 5 should be a crime.

Ocean of Noise
April 10th 2019


10604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Always preferred Life After Death tbh

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Hawks
April 10th 2019


69379 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is way better but Life After Death has grown on me hard recently.

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Ocean of Noise
April 10th 2019


10604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk I just find Life After Death has a better production job. I also hate some of the skits here

Hawks
April 10th 2019


69379 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Eh I don’t count skits against rap albums. I just skip them lol.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2019


8937 Comments


Honest questions. Why do rap albums have skits?

Relinquished
April 10th 2019


39618 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

to show personality, have breathers, do storytelling, fill up space if they didn't make enough for the album

StrikeOfTheBeast
April 10th 2019


6316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good point. They usually do the trick like Snoop Dogg and Eminem as mainstream examples.

Drifter
April 10th 2019


15418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I rarely mind skits. I cant even think of any flat out don't like atm some that are just kinda ???

Source
April 10th 2019


10290 Comments


I like the skit in warning

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