Ready to Die: The Remaster [2006] [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - 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. [In 2004, Bad Boy issued a remastered version of Ready to Die with two bonus tracks: a slightly longer version of "Who Shot Ya" than the one that appeared on Born Again and a rough and funky track, "Just Playing," which was originally found on the bootleg Unreleased & Unleashed. If the bonus tracks are underwhelming, the collection makes up for it with a bonus DVD that includes four Biggie videos and a short but stunning live performance of "Unbelievable." The remastered edition was also made available in a clean version, with all explicit material removed.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • UPC: 075679456823
  • Catalog Number: 94568

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (3:21)
  2. 2 Things Done Changed (3:58)
  3. 3 Gimme That Loot (4:45)
  4. 4 Machine Got Funk (4:10)
  5. 5 Warning (2:57)
  6. 6 Ready to Die (4:27)
  7. 7 One More Chance (4:18)
  8. 8 #! *@ Me (Interlude) (1:31)
  9. 9 The What - Method Man (3:58)
  10. 10 Juicy (4:46)
  11. 11 Everday Struggle (5:19)
  12. 12 Me & My B*tCH (4:00)
  13. 13 Big Poppa (4:12)
  14. 14 Respect (4:33)
  15. 15 Friend of Mine (3:28)
  16. 16 Unbelievable (3:43)
  17. 17 Suicidal Thoughts (2:50)
  18. 18 Who Shot Ya (5:19)
  19. 19 Just Playing (Dreams) (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Juicy
  2. 2 Big Poppa
  3. 3 Warning
  4. 4 One More Chance
  5. 5 Unbelievable
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Notorious B.I.G. Primary Artist
Diana King Vocals
Faith Evans Vocals
Sybil Pennix Voices
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Composer
Chris Jasper Composer
K. Scott Composer
Easy Mo Bee Producer
R. Bell Composer
Bob Brockman Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer, Executive Producer
Norty Cotto Engineer
DJ Premier Producer
Bill Esses Engineer
Lord Finesse Producer
B.J. Ben Mason Composer
Richard Travali Engineer
J. Oliver Composer
John Wydrycs Engineer
Nasheim Myrick Producer
Rashad Smith Producer
Greg Pinto Engineer
Harve Pierre Associate Executive Producer
R. Ellis Composer
Mario Alberto Rodriguez Engineer
R. Hall Composer
D.L. King Composer
H. Bowen David Composer
Jean "Poke" Oliver Programming, Producer
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