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.

Tracklist

Intro 3:24
Things Done Changed 3:57
Gimme The Loot 5:04
Machine Gun Funk 4:16
Warning 3:40
Ready To Die 4:24
One More Chance 4:43
Fuck Me (Interlude) 1:31
The What 3:57
Juicy 5:03
Everyday Struggle 5:19
Me & My Bitch 4:00
Big Poppa 4:13
Respect 5:22
Friend Of Mine 3:28
Unbelievable 3:43
Suicidal Thoughts 2:54

Versions (69)

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
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) 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 UK 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 78612-73000-2 US 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) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1994 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 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 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Arista 78612-73000-4 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
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
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
0602498630334 The Notorious B I G* Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RM + DVD-V, PAL, Reg) Bad Boy Records (5), Bad Boy Entertainment 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
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
B0002852-01 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die The Remaster Lp(2xLP, Promo, RE, RM, ) Bad Boy Entertainment B0002852-01 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, 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
UNIF 212581 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die - The Remaster(2xLP, Promo, Cle) Bad Boy Entertainment UNIF 212581 US 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
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 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

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kormega81

kormega81

December 31, 2017
referencing Ready To Die, CD, Album, 78612-73000-2
And "features production by Bad Boy founder Sean "Puffy" Combs.." is hilarious, everybody knows that Puffy isn't able to produce a beat and wasn't then. Easy Mo Bee was the backbone for both this and Craig Mack album.
kormega81

kormega81

December 31, 2017
referencing Ready To Die, CD, Album, 78612-73000-2
Y'all people who bought the album recently realize that you got it cut? Find the original and enjoy. Promo version is mad sick too with original beats and verses.
killahwhale

killahwhale

October 27, 2017
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969
How this is one of the least expensive Vinyl Me Please releases on the secondary market is beyond me.

This is a beautiful pressing, album with restored samples for one of the first times ever, awesome colors, beautiful packaging..

This album should easily be going for $100.00 in my opinion.
nckdimond

nckdimond

October 24, 2017
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

This is an absolutely amazing record to own. The pressing is so clean even my vintage player can truly capture the essence of the remastering as it should be. Any Biggie fan should own this record.
Disinnocence

Disinnocence

September 22, 2017
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

Superb pressing of an absolutely essential album. If you're a fan of albums with a cinematic scope, do yourself a favor and check this out.
star5CR34M

star5CR34M

September 21, 2017
edited 4 months ago
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969
I now have the original promo, the RSD numbered version, and this version of the album. I'm THIS close to joining VMP as a monthly subscriber, and just selling off the albums I'm not a fan of.
JQ1017

JQ1017

September 20, 2017
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

I've been surprised as to how great this pressing turned out and I'm glad that Ready To Die got the treatment it deserved. Unfortunately it was subjected to sample removal and I'm glad now that the album's legal issues have been sorted.

This pressing is the definitive way the album is meant to be heard. I think the packaging is fantastic and it's well worth what you pay for it through Vinyl Me Please. Only criticism is that I wish the LP came as a gatefold. If you look inside the jacket you can see Ready To Die (white text on red background) which would have been so cool as the gatefold images.

My advice is to not buy it for over inflated prices on Discogs please. The record shouldn't sell for anything more than $30 USD ($40 AUD) and is currently available as a swap for October's Album of the Month if you haven't got it already. Don't buy into those who want to profit for their own gain. Music is art and deserves to be heard at a fair price for everyone.

Alchemy at UK did a great job mastering this and the depth of the sound is unbelievable. The pressing by GZ Media turned out better than expected given their track record (according to the comments I've read from other pressings of theirs - I don't mean to badmouth them).

There are some cracks and pops but I'm unsure if it's just my speakers or dust or dirt in the grooves. I'm planning to give this one a deep clean when I get a chance. I found Juicy to be a little thin and not as dynamic as the other tracks I've heard. This is slightly disappointing since I believe it is one of his strongest tracks musically and lyrically but I can't complain otherwise.

Having a listen to this album on vinyl has given me a whole new appreciation for Biggie's lyrics and his legacy. It's crazy to think that this album is as old as me now and came out less than a month after I was born.

Also this is the first rap / hip-hop album in my vinyl collection and I'm glad I started off with this one. If you buy this whether or not you're a huge fan of rap and Biggie or if you're new to Biggie, don't hesitate as it will no doubt become such a unique record in your collection.
James_Martin

James_Martin

September 19, 2017
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

This is the version to have! So much better than the previous reissue I bought with the alternate cover. Hope this version makes it to the masses instead of having to go through a vinyl club to get it.

Side-D

Side-D

September 15, 2017
edited 3 months ago
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

I was afraid that I made a huge mistake joining a vinyl membership for this album, but like what others said, they delivered a pristine package. "Machine Gun Funk" and "Ready to Die" sound exactly as I remember from their old edition, and the overall vinyl quality is excellent. It did caught me by surprise with the pops on certain tracks like "The What", but upon rehearing them from various formats, the pops didn't come from the records but from the samples within these songs (now that I noticed them, I find them distracting).

If VMP won't be criminalized for using the original masters for this repress, I sure hope this leads to a wide release of the de-master, not just in vinyl but in CDs and digital formats as well. It would be a crime that the only way to get the original version of Ready to Die beyond third-party sellers is on a membership basis, and possibly in limited supply. Everyone deserves a chance to hear Biggie's seminal album as intended.

Side note: are the splatters printed on the vinyls? They look way too textured to be just various wax colors mixed into the pressing machine; these LPs almost look like picture discs.

UPDATE (9/20/17): Spoke high praise too soon. Upon relistening to Side C, on "Everyday Struggle", there's a defect during the second chorus: either it's a single skip or, at the best case scenario, a couple of loud pops. Upon inspection, I noticed there's a very minor pimple on where the skip-or-pop occured. Since it's inconsistent, I pray I only get the pops since it only lasts a second and a half. Not grateful that my copy turned out to be less perfect than it is, but as I learned, buying vinyl can be a gamble in material quality.

UPDATE 2.0 (9/29/17): Got my replacement copy from VMP, and I'm happy to say this LP has no flaws whatsoever, so I'm back to having that pristine LP set that I wanted. For some reason, VMP sent me the whole album, rather than a single sleeve holding the affected LP, so now I got two complete copies. Not sure what I should do with a spare.