Happy 26th birthday to one of my all time favorite classic hip-hop albums. Biggie flows like no other over the combined sounds of '70s, '80s, and '90s hip-hop. The east coast gangster rap record explores the constant paranoia of a drug dealer in a violent environment. His cleverness as a rapper and a hustler shine through with witty world play and deeper perspectives, telling the story of a smart kid who could've grown up to be anything if he'd been given the opportunities.
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- Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G.
- Released September 13, 1994
- 2LP, White
- Limited edition, Numbered Issue (#0137/3000)
- Label: Bad Boy Entertainment, Rhino Records
- Genre: Hip-hop
- Favorite Track: Everday Struggle
- Median Price: $37.00
"The way I was feeling like when I did ready to die was, I was feelin like I was already dead. Just being in a situation where, mom was working, [I was] going to school, leaving me open to dipin and dabin into different things. It just left me kinda stuck. My mentality was more on some gettin paper, not caring about nothing else. Not caring about nothing, just wanting to get mine. I got the record deal and when I started doing Ready to Die it was a lot of anger, a lot of hatred coming out. It was real though." - The Notorious B.I.G. for rap city (1997)