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Because Ready to Die feels like a Stooges album in all the right ways, throwing out the halting, lurching hard murk of The Weirdness in favor of successive blasts of sleaze, intermittently interrupted by the occasional moment of reflection. Ready to Die is the debut studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 by Bad Boy and Arista Records. The album features production by Bad Boy founder Sean 'Puffy' Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse, among others.

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Ready To Die (album) by The Notorious B.I.G.

Ready To Die by The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
Overall rank: 260th
Average Rating:
81/100 (from 628 votes)

Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1994 (12th)
Top 100 albums of the 1990s (53rd)
Top 500 albums of all time (260th)

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Ready To Die is ranked as the best album by The Notorious B.I.G.

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Ready To Die track list

The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

75/100 (79 votes)
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2.Things Done Changed
87/100 (116 votes)
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3.Gimme The Loot
88/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 1 comment

4.Machine Gun Funk
85/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 1 comment

84/100 (96 votes)
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6.Ready To Die
85/100 (95 votes)
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7.One More Chance
83/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 1 comment

8.Fuck Me (Interlude)
54/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 7 comments

9.The What (Feat. Method Man)
81/100 (89 votes)
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90/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 3 comments

11.Everyday Struggle
86/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 0 comments

12.Me & My Bitch
79/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 1 comment

13.Big Poppa
89/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 1 comment

82/100 (85 votes)
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15.Friend Of Mine
78/100 (80 votes)
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80/100 (78 votes)
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17.Suicidal Thoughts
88/100 (108 votes)
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Ready To Die rankings

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2019 lylecatcliffeTop 21 Music Albums of 199410/213
2019 elo269megvTop 40 Music Albums of 199434/401
2019 musicologist97Top 89 Music Albums of the 1990s84/891
2019 louisjwyattTop 100 Music Albums of the 1990s48/10011
2019 MalcolmEnellTop 40 Greatest Music Albums28/4033
2019 KindofBlueTop 45 Music Albums of the 1990s21/4511
2019 Exist-en-cielTop 14 Music Albums of 19948/143
2019 MCOThoTop 100 Greatest Music Albums99/1002
2019 TrendallTop 100 Greatest Music Albums39/10062
2019 boppareTop 100 Greatest Music Albums72/10029
2019 jonny5244Top 64 Greatest Music Albums5/6494
2019 scarsonTop 40 Greatest Music Albums28/4033
2019 AntiMy Vinyl Collection (III)51/100 -
2019 babyBlueSedanTop 100 Music Albums of the 1990s34/10013
2019 LaurenceTop 100 Greatest Music Albums64/10037
2019 Mattdup279Top 100 Music Albums of the 1990s55/1009
2019 jdizzle123456Top 20 Music Albums of 19948/203
2019 paladisiactop 65r albums (63), #0201-030067/100 -
2019 jdenny2018Top 36 Music Albums of the 1990s9/3616
2019 adbrack1988Top 76 Music Albums of the 1990s58/765
Total Charts: 485
Total Rank Score: 10,840
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From joannajewsom
Almost flawless. I'd scrap Friend of Mine. Me & My Bitch and Respect are somewhat enjoyable, but I could leave them too.
Although I like Jay-Z's Blueprint a little more, this album, with its mix of street tales and concept songs and radio hits, actually laid the blueprint for East Coast mainstream rap.
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From IveGotToast
Was going through every rap classic and giving them a listen. Not impressed with this one with the exception of the closing track.
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From glynspsa
There was a time I HATED this album, boy was I wrong. This is a masterpiece possibly the greatest album in the history of rap music. No Body i mean NOBODY flows like Biggie.
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From Ben4
Not much to say. An absolute hip hop classic. Not even going to bother listing my favorite tracks because there are so many.
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From F1Aaron
This is pretty much a classic I don't know what else to say
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From poppmusic
After several listens, it's apparent how well integrated the songs are to form a cohesive narrative, and each song is touching in its own way.
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From sethmadsen
I think the Intro gave me more understanding of hip-hop/rap than anything else I've ever experienced in just over 3 minutes.
Also, probably my favorite song was Respect (I only pay attention to lyrics like 20-50% of the time.. this one was musically raw and liked Diana King.
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Ridiculously enjoyable, so so good, his flows are ridiculous, the Fuck Me interlude was kinda cringe as well as blowjob sounds but this album is unbelievably consistent and brilliant. His lyrics feel so natural and real. Instrumentals are catchy and immersive too. Beats are classic. A pioneer of modern hip-hip for sure. Died far too young.
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From vinnid127
Gets better with every listen, its official he's a legend
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From Anti
Didn't like it as much as I'd hope.
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from the album Ready To Die 路Copyright: Writer(s): Clarence Satchell, Barbara Mason, Osten Harvey, Sean Combs, le Roy Roosevelt Bonner, Gregory A. Webster, Christopher Wallace, Marshall Eugene Jones, Walter Morrison, Ralph Middlebrook Lyrics Terms of Use

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Ready To Die Album

(you ready motherfucker?)
(we gon' kill your ass)

As I grab the glock, put it to your headpiece
One in the chamber, the safety is off release
Straight at your dome homes, I wanna see cabbage
Biggie smalls the savage, doin your brain cells much damage
Teflon is the material for the imperial
Mic ripper girl stripper the henny sipper
I drop lyrics off and on like a lightswitch
Quick to grab the right bitch and make her drive
The q-45, glocks and tecs are expected when I wreck shit
Respect is collected, so check it
I got techniques drippin out my buttcheeks
Sleep on my stomach so I don't fuck up my sheets, huh
My shit is deep, deeper than my grave g
I'm ready to die and nobody can save me
Fuck the world, fuck my moms and my girl
My life is played out like a jheri curl, I'm ready to die


As I sit back and look when I used to be a crook
Doin whatever it took from snatchin chains to pocketbooks
A big bad motherfucker on the wrong road
I got some drugs tried to get the avenue sold
I want it all from the rolexes
To the lexus gettin paid, is all I expected
My mother didn't give me what I want, what the fuck?
Now I got a glock, makin motherfuckers duck
Shit is real, and hungry's how I feel
I rob and steal because that money got that whip appeal
Kickin niggaz down the steps just for rep
Any repercussion lead to niggaz gettin wet
The infrared's at your head real steady
You better grab your guns cause I'm ready, ready

I'm ready to die!
(nah we ain't gon' kill your ass yet)
(we gonna make you suffer)


In a sec I throw the tec to your fuckin neck
Everybody hit the deck, biggie bout to get some wreck
Quick to leave you in a coffin, for slick talkin
You better act like cece, and keep on walkin
When I hit ya, I split ya to the white meat
You swung on like you slumber right you fell to the conrete
Your face, my feet, they meet, we're stompin
I'm rippin mc's from tallahassee, to compton
Biggie smalls on a higher plane
Niggaz say I'm strange deranged because I put the 12 gauge to your brain
Make your shit splatter
Mix the blood like batter then my pocket gets fatter
After the hit, leave you on the street with your neck split
Down your backbone to where your motherfuckin cheek drip
The shit I kick, rip it through the vest
Biggie smalls passin any test, I'm ready to die!

I'm ready
(time to go, we gonna put you out your misery motherfucker)
Niggaz definitely know what time it is
The notorious one in full effect
For ninety-three!
Suicidal, I'm ready!

(now I lay me down to sleep)
(pray the lord my soul to keep)
(if I should die before I wake)
(I pray the lord my soul to take)
(cause I'm ready to die)

(all y'all motherfuckers come with me if you want to)

(biggie smalls the biggest man)
(rockin on and on in ninety-three, easy mo bee)
(third eye, and the rest of the bad boy fam)
(I don't wanna see no cryin at my funeral)

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