The Notorious B.I.G. released Ready To Die twenty years ago today (September 13).
The album has become one of the genre’s most celebrated projects, one that helped introduce Biggie to listeners. Through singles like “Juicy,” The Notorious B.I.G. earned praise for his commercial success and his craft as an emcee. The Source gave the album a 4.5 out of 5 rating when it was released. Several publications, including HipHopDX have called it a perfect album.
Puff Daddy, who helped produce and release Ready To Die, recently spoke about its 20-year anniversary on Twitter.
20 years later and you still the baddest motherfucker! Ready to die 20th anniversary! Take that take… http://t.co/0BM1cf7evC
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) September 13, 2014
Ready To Die’s cover art, tracklist and stream are below.
2. Things Done Changed
3. Gimme the Loot
4. Machine Gun Funk
6. Ready To Die
7. One More Chance feat. Faith Evans & Mary J. Blige
8. Fuck Me (Interlude)
9. The What
11. Everyday Struggle
12. Me & My Bitch feat. Sybil Pennix
13. Big Poppa
14. Respect feat. Diana King
15. Friend Of Mine
17. Suicidal Thoughts feat. Puff Daddy
The digitally remastered version of the album is below, which includes additional cuts “Who Shot Ya?” and “Just Playing (Dreams).”