September 28, 2018

Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die (1994)

*Original first pressing. Contains 17 tracks total. A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Pop Rap, Gangsta Rap
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© 1994 Bad Boy Records
AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
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.

tags: notorious big, b.i.g., ready to die, 1994, flac,

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for this I couldn't stand the remaster without the samples

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    1. You're welcome. Same here. We're not very big fans of remastered albums in general so don't expect to see many on here.

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  2. I love this site I love and its care for quality, thanks

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  3. yo sentinel, thanks a million!! i downloaded this somewhere else claiming it was this version but it was the remastered version! and they also had another link for the remastered too!! thank you for being legit

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  4. Why did you remove who shot ya

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    1. I didn't remove "Who Shot Ya?" Please read the description before you comment. This is the original 1994 first pressing. "Who Shot Ya?" was released in 1995 as a B-Side track on the single to "Big Pappa" It was never available on the the first pressing of "Ready To Die" Only the remastered version of "Ready To Die" has "Who Shot Ya?" as a bonus track. The first time "Who Shot Ya?" appeared on an official Notorious B.I.G. release was on "Born Again" which is also available on this site. I don't own the Remastered version of "Ready To Die" on CD because I don't like it.

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    2. Joe The ShorDecember 26, 2018

      @Anonymous: Yo why the fuck would you even want the remastered version anyway? This is the version you want. This version had the original samples and mixes that the remaster took out! Songs like machine gun funk sound like shit on the remaster because they changed the samples. Fuck that! I dont care if the remaster has who shot ya, the other songs sound like shit! Do some research fam! How could you not know the difference between the 2? Those fuckin pay sites are robbing us blind fam! Baby girl lass has the hook up for who shot ya but it was never featured on this classic!

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    3. Aight man chill, I didn't know 'bout this shit.

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    4. You're always going to get this kind of heat when the names B.I.G. and 2Pac are mentioned. I don't understand why.

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  5. Sorry I didn't read the description. Anyways, Thank you for this.

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    1. Don't worry babe. Like Sentinel said, you can still find "Who Shot Ya?" on "Born Again" Just search for it 😉 If it's down, just let us know.

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