#flashbackfriday Released on September 13, 1994, today marks the 25th anniversary of "Ready To Die", the debut studio album from The Notorious B.I.G. (R.I.P.) ??
Released on Bad Boy Entertainment/Arista Records (@badboyent @aristarecords), "Ready To Die" ranks among the most iconic hip-hop albums of all-time. Live from Bedford-Stuyvesant, the livest one, representing BK to the fullest, Biggie Smalls' debut was revered from the streets to the mainstream. Including the genre-defining singles 'Juicy', 'Big Poppa' and 'One More Chance', "Ready To Die" has since been certified a staggering 6x Platinum. Having caught the attention of Sean "Puffy" Combs (@diddy), Biggie was signed to Bad Boy Records in 1993. Balancing radio-friendly singles with hardcore street anthems like 'Gimme The Loot' and 'Unbelievable', Biggie and Puff cooked up a recipe that helped to return attention back to East Coast hip-hop. With Puffy and Mister Cee (@djmistercee) as Executive Producers, production on "Ready To Die" was handled by Easy Mo Bee (@easymobee), DJ Premier (@djpremier), Lord Finesse (@lordfinesseditc), Poke (@jeanpokemedia) of Trackmasters (@trackmasters), Chucky Thompson (@chucklife365), Bluez Brothers (@norman.glover @highsman), and Darnell Scott. The lone guest feature is courtesy of Method Man (@methodmanofficial) ??
Sadly, "Ready To Die" was the only solo album Biggie formally released during his lifetime. After the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th, 1997, his double-album "Life After Death" was released later that month, a bittersweet masterpiece that helped to solidify his enduring legacy. We'll always love Big Poppa ??
Standout Tracks ??
- 'Gimme The Loot'
- 'One More Chance'
- 'Things Done Changed'
- 'Big Poppa'
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