AOTY 2019
The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1994 Ratings: #5 / 372
User Score
Based on 537 ratings
1994 Ratings: #3
September 13, 1994 / Release Date
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Bad Boy / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic
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.
100
HipHopDX

Though Ready to Die is deeply-rooted in his uncaring attitude towards life and violence, Notorious B.I.G.‘s personable nature takes away from that Bad Boy image. That’s the reason so many emcees have tried in vain to reignite his ability to simultaneously hold the respect of their peers and a sway over the listening public.

100
Pitchfork

An unparalleled piece of rap history.

80
Rolling Stone

Ready to Die is the strongest solo rap debut since Ice Cube's Amerikkka's Most Wanted. From the breathtakingly visual moments of his birth to his Cobainesque end in "Suicidal Thoughts," B.I.G. proves a captivating listen.

BradTasteMusic
91
It could go without the interlude of Biggie getting his peter sucked
WhatTheFunk
99
In your life there are artists that really mark you. This is the case of Biggie, it is certainly one of my favorite 5 rappers of all time. Christopher Wallace, known as Biggie, is an incredible charismatic rapper, a former Brooklyn street dealer, of which I am absolutely a fan. In 1994 he released his first album "Ready to Die". And what else to say about this album except that it is for me one of the best rap record I have ever listened to (and yet I listened to a lot of hip-hop). In ... read more
Atrocityblubber
91
Better than anything 2pac ever thought of
KengojiUltamYT
NR
Fuck Me (Interlude)
KIDWITHGUNs
89
Amazing

Seriously the best storyteller of all time, he's the type of rapper I could listen to all day.
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Track List

  1. Intro 
  2. Things Done Changed 
  3. Gimme the Loot 
  4. Machine Gun Funk 
  5. Warning 
  6. Ready to Die 
  7. One More Chance 
  8. Fuck Me (Interlude) 
  9. The What (feat. Method Man) 
  10. Juicy 
  11. Everyday Struggle 
  12. Me & My Bitch 
  13. Big Poppa 
  14. Respect 
  15. Friend of Mine
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