Ready to Die: The Remaster [2006]

Ready to Die: The Remaster [2006]

by The Notorious B.I.G.

CD(Remastered / Bonus DVD / Reissue)

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
Label: Bad Boy
UPC: 0075679456724
catalogNumber: 94567
Rank: 6127

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Notorious B.I.G.   Primary Artist,Rap
Diana King   Vocals
Method Man   Rap
Total   Vocals
Faith Evans   Vocals
Sybil Pennix   Voices,Spoken Word
Chucky Thompson   Various
Carl Thompson   Musician

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
K. Scott   Composer
Easy Mo Bee   Producer,Audio Production
R. Bell   Composer
Bob Brockman   Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Norty Cotto   Engineer
DJ Premier   Producer
Bill Esses   Engineer
Finesse   Producer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
B.J. Ben Mason   Composer
Richard Travali   Engineer
J. Oliver   Composer
John Wydrycs   Engineer
Nasheim Myrick   Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer
Poke   Programming
Chucky Thompson   Audio Production
Rashad Smith   Producer
Greg Pinto   Engineer
Tracey Waples   Marketing Consultant
Carl Thompson   Producer
Larry Dobson   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Producer
Harve Pierre   Executive Producer
Christopher Wallace   Composer,Executive Producer
R. Ellis   Composer
Mario Alberto Rodriguez   Engineer
R. Hall   Composer
Frantz Severe   Producer
D.L. King   Composer
H. Bowen David   Composer
Norman   Producer
Alison Stanley   Marketing Consultant
Ms. V. Wallace   Executive Producer
Dodie Pettit   Composer
Darnell Scott   Audio Production
Norman & Digga Bluez Brothers   Audio Production

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Ready to Die 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
quite simply best that ever did it, Biggie came out with a bang and this album changed the face of hiphop, unique delivery and the fluidity of the FLOW second to none.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Biggie did flow very well on this CD, but I have to take away some stars for lack of origonality, I am from the Bay Area and I don't like the fact that Biggie uses most of his backgrounds for his hit flows off the Dre Dog CD 'The New Jimbo Jones.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is in the top 5 lp's ever made. not a song to skip on the whole album, essential for any hip-hop fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of the best hip-hop albums ever. Every song has excellent lyrics rapped to phat beats. "Juicy" and "Gimme The Loot" are the 2 best rap songs ever!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ready to die is one of the best albams I have ever owned!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
His sick flow and great lyrics make this album one of the best eastcoast albums ever droppped. Although the production is nothing to call home about, biggie's stroytelling ability makes for a classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
This LP is off the heeezy for all you rap lovers. The most classic joint ever dropped by a rapper. WIth almost all tracks being played on the radio at one time or another, I consider it the best album ever by a single rapper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Best Hip Hop Rap album I’ve even got, first time I listen to the album when I use to work for a quick lube shop in NY and while exiting the car from the lube shop I asked the owner about the album in 2002. I love the album so much and brought it with me to Pakistan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best albums, lyrically, that Ive heard. i get sick of hearing all this fake commercialized ''rap'' and its good to hear real rhymes and real hiphop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, this is the greatest rap album ever compiled. If you consider yourself a fan of rap/hip hop, then you must already own this CD. There is not a bad track on this entire album and since it's B.I.G.'s first album, it's the purest you'll ever hear him sound. When you listen to Biggie rap on this album, you are not just listening to some guy rapping about money, drugs, and girls; but rather you are listening to a man discuss the struggles of his everyday life. This album is like B.I.G.'s autobiography recorded to some incredible beats. You can listen to this CD a million times without getting tired of it, because it is a classic! I recommend this album to all fans of music, regardless if you listen to rap or not. Anyone can benefit from the messages Biggie articulates on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the part of one of the songs where it says "I blow up like the World Trade", that's very perceptive, especially from the grave.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Notorious B.I.G is the greatest rapper of all time. ''Ready To Die'' is definately the dopest hip hop album ever recorded. Biggie has the flow and the best lyrics. This album is an absolute classic and everyone should own it. ''Juicy'',''Big Poppa'',''Machine Gun Funk'',''Warning'' and ''The What'' are all classic hip hop tracks. Everyone needs to hear the king of NY rap on 17 dope tracks !
Guest More than 1 year ago
The release of this album forever changed Hip Hop. Biggie introduced the "love song," onto the rap scene with one of the greatest singles ever produced... Big Poppa. Now, rappers cannot help but cater to the ever-present female market, which had been untouched until Biggie came around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the classic's. If you consider yourself a rap lover, then this album should be in your collection. Biggie will always be here as long as we continue to honor him by listening to his music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great sountrack, heard more than what the radio normally plays such as "Big Poppa"...even though that is the greatest rap ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest rap albums ever. By mixing Biggie's lyrical talents and Puffy's producing great music was made. And to the reviewer who wrote "How closely did you listen...?", Biggie was a good rapper but not a prophet the WTC was bombed first in 1993 a year before Ready to Die dropped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago