The Notorious B.I.G.* ‎– Ready To Die

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Ready to Die is the debut studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G.; it was released on September 13, 1994, by Bad Boy Records (5). The label's first release, the album features production by Bad Boy founder Sean "Puffy" Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier and Lord Finesse, among others. Recording for the album took place during 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of B.I.G.'s experiences as a young criminal. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime, as he was murdered just days prior to the release of his second album, Life After Death (1997).

On March 24, 2006, Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records won a federal lawsuit against Bad Boy Records for copyright infringement, with a jury deciding that Combs and Bad Boy had illegally used samples for the production of the songs "Ready to Die", "Machine Gun Funk", and "Gimme the Loot". The jury awarded $4.2 million in punitive and direct damages to the two plaintiffs, and federal judge Todd Campbell enacted an immediate sales ban on the album and tracks in question. On appeal, the Sixth Circuit found the damages unconstitutionally high and in violation of due process and remanded the case, at which point Campbell reduced them by $2.8 million; however, the verdict was upheld. All versions of the album released since the lawsuit are without the disputed samples.

Versions (73)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
BBDC-9008 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die Sampler(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Bad Boy Entertainment BBDC-9008 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
78612 73000 2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Puff Daddy Records, Arista 78612 73000 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
78612 73000 2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Puff Daddy Records, Arista 78612 73000 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612 73000 2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Puff Daddy Records, Arista 78612 73000 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
78612 73000 2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Arista 78612 73000 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, Club) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, Club) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, Club) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
ARCD-3000 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, Club, Col) Bad Boy Entertainment ARCD-3000 US 1994 Sell This Version
273 000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, Promo) Bad Boy Entertainment 273 000-2 Thailand 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, Promo, Not) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
2730004 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Bad Boy Records, Inc. 2730004 Thailand 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-4 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Arista Records 78612-73000-4 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-4, BMG 8743 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG 78612-73000-4, BMG 8743 Indonesia 1994 Sell This Version
260 020-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Bad Boy Records, Inc. 260 020-1 Russia 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-4 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-4 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album, Bla) Bad Boy Entertainment, Arista Records 78612-73000-4 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
AC 3000 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album, Club) Bad Boy Entertainment AC 3000 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-4 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album, Club) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die(Cass, Album, Promo, Adv) The Hit Factory, Bad Boy Entertainment none US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Album, RP) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Album, Unofficial) Bad Boy Entertainment (2) 78612-73000-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
78612-73000-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Album, Unofficial) Bad Boy Entertainment (2) 78612-73000-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
BBDC 9027 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die - West Side Story Sampler(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Bad Boy Entertainment BBDC 9027 US 1995 Sell This Version
78612-73005-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, Gat) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73005-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
BVCA-670 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment BVCA-670 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
786127300024 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die(CD, Album, RE) Puff Daddy Records 786127300024 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
0249-86280-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, NTSC) Bad Boy Entertainment 0249-86280-1 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
B000285200 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V) Bad Boy Records (5), Bad Boy Entertainment B000285200 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
B0002852-00 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V) Bad Boy Records (5), Bad Boy Entertainment B0002852-00 US 2004 Sell This Version
0249-86280-1 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V + Sli) Bad Boy Entertainment 0249-86280-1 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
0602498630334 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V, PAL, Reg) Bad Boy Records (5) 0602498630334 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
B0002853-00 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RM, Edi + DVD-V) Bad Boy Entertainment B0002853-00 US 2004 Sell This Version
B000285200, B0002852-00CD01, MR-831-2, MR 831-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster CD)(CD, Album, RM) Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Records (5), Bad Boy Records (5), Ukrainian Records, Ukrainian Records, Moon Records (2), Moon Records (2) B000285200, B0002852-00CD01, MR-831-2, MR 831-2 Ukraine 2004 Sell This Version
B0002852-01 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (The Remaster LP)(2xLP, Album, RM) Bad Boy Entertainment B0002852-01 US 2004 Sell This Version
none The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster)(19xFile, AAC, Album, RM) Bad Boy Entertainment none US 2004
B0002853-00 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD (Edited)(2xCD, Album, RM + DVD-V) Bad Boy Entertainment B0002853-00 US 2004 Sell This Version
986 303-3 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD(CD, Album, RM + DVD) Bad Boy Entertainment 986 303-3 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
B0002852-00 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V) Bad Boy Entertainment B0002852-00 US 2004 Sell This Version
0249-86280-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V) Bad Boy Entertainment 0249-86280-1 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
CD 28520 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD(CD, Album, RM, Sli + DVD-V, NTSC) Bad Boy Entertainment CD 28520 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
UNIF212581 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die The Remaster Lp(2xLP, Promo, RE, RM, Cl) Bad Boy Entertainment UNIF212581 US 2004 Sell This Version
RR1 285201 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Bad Boy Entertainment RR1 285201 US 2004 Sell This Version
BIGLP-606 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (Instrumentals)(2x12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Notorious B.I.G.) BIGLP-606 2006 Sell This Version
CD 94567 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V) Bad Boy Entertainment CD 94567 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
94567-2 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V, RE) Bad Boy Entertainment 94567-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
BIGGIEREADY002 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster LP)(2xLP, Ltd, Unofficial) Not On Label (Notorious B.I.G.) BIGGIEREADY002 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
BIGGIEREADY002 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster LP)(2xLP, Ltd, Unofficial, Flu) Not On Label (Notorious B.I.G.) BIGGIEREADY002 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
BIGGIEREADY002 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die (The Remaster LP)(2xLP, Ltd, Unofficial, cle) Not On Label (Notorious B.I.G.) BIGGIEREADY002 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
R1 285201 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Whi) Bad Boy Entertainment, Rhino Records (2) R1 285201 US 2013 Sell This Version
R1 285201 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gol) Bad Boy Entertainment, Rhino Vinyl R1 285201 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
8122796748 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Whi) Bad Boy Entertainment, Rhino Records (2) 8122796748 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
RR1 285201 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, RE) Bad Boy Entertainment, Rhino Records (2) RR1 285201 US 2013 Sell This Version
none The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Ltd, Unofficial, Pin) Not On Label none Europe 2014 Sell This Version
602537402663 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment 602537402663 US 2014 Sell This Version
WPCR-16909 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, RE) Bad Boy Entertainment WPCR-16909 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BIGGIEREADY002 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (The Remaster LP)(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RM, Unofficial, Pin) Not On Label (Notorious B.I.G.) BIGGIEREADY002 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
ATL285201 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic ATL285201 US 2017 Sell This Version
R1-562969 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM) Bad Boy Entertainment R1-562969 US 2017 Sell This Version
0602498630334 The Notorious B I G* Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V, PAL, Reg + RE) Bad Boy Records (5), Bad Boy Entertainment 0602498630334 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
602498628010 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment 602498628010 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version
78612-73005-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Bad Boy Entertainment (2) 78612-73005-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
78612-73005-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Bro) Bad Boy Entertainment (2) 78612-73005-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
260 020-0 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Universal Music Russia, Bad Boy Records (5) 260 020-0 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
ARCD 3000 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Records (5) ARCD 3000 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, RE) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, RE) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
2-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, RE) Bad Boy Records (5) 2-73000-2 Australasia Unknown Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, RE) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Ahhwebsourcedimage

Ahhwebsourcedimage

April 14, 2019
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, RE, ATL285201
is this version like the vinyl me please 2017 release that has all original samples?
torres.jacob

torres.jacob

March 18, 2019
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

What can I say? As we can expect from Vinyl Me, Please:

-The jacket construction quality blows every other record in my collection out of the water (except the other VMP jackets)
-The records themselves are nice and heavy, and the design is gorgeous & turned out really nice
-Noise floor is next to silent
-Every song is aurally immaculate

There's 0 reason not to buy this.
cbonejones

cbonejones

February 20, 2019
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, 78612-73000-1
Should this version contain the banned samples on ‘gimme the loot’ and others? Also, if no matrix etch is present, does that signify a phoney? Thanks in advance
max_samhain

max_samhain

February 7, 2019
edited 2 months ago
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, 78612-73000-1
Hi,
I bought a vinyl pressing like this ("old" layout and just 9 tracks) on ebay. I was pretty sure that it's original as ebay usually removes all bootlegs, anyway now that I got it I doubt that this is a legit pressing. First of all it looks pretty new and not like from the 90s besides that it has no barcode at all. It has a runout - which is unusual for bootlegs I think - but it is stamped not etched and a little different from the one listed here on discogs for the original pressings:
78612 - 73000 - 1 HFM 94(Side 1)
78612 - 73000 -2 SBSP DMM (Side 2)
any of you has an idea if this is a legit pressing or not?
thank you
Max
showalterbls

showalterbls

December 27, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, RE, RR1 285201
It doesn't have a PA label on it but don't worry there's copious amounts of swearing on this thing.
Impale_Productions

Impale_Productions

December 20, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, 78612-73000-1
really?? 800 bucks for this record?? discogs prices on some pretty easy to find records have gone maaad lately :D
greghead

greghead

October 4, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

Fantastic pressing. Music is deep but present and immediate. Great mastering job. And a great job on the jacket and sleeves. Really a top version, you want this in your collection .
Etherealblanket

Etherealblanket

September 24, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

The sound on this pressing is phenomenal. Hearing the album with this sound quality took me back to when I first heard the album. It is so textured and full of depth. Finally this classic and potentially best hip-hop album of all-time has gotten the sound treatment it deserves.
KurVibes

KurVibes

September 23, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969
If you guys want a more in-depth look at this pressing, I unbox it in the video linked below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHofs8IbVsU

Cheers
Papytek

Papytek

September 16, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 78612-73005-1
Released in the year of my birth, a masterpiece of hip hop that marked a turning point in style and genre ...