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 (71)

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) 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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

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13-7

13-7

July 10, 2018
referencing Ready To Die The Remaster CD And DVD, CD, Album, RM + DVD-V, B0002852-00
Unlike the 2006 version and later editions, this one still had the original samples intact.
avid_badger

avid_badger

June 22, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, CD, Album, 78612-73000-2
I'm trying to find a pressing of this that 1) is on vinyl 2) has the baby cover 3) has all tracks 4) with all of the original samples. Does one exist?
robontiveros

robontiveros

May 5, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

Does anyone have quantity info on this pressing? VMP's website doesn't list how many copies were pressed...
kburns10

kburns10

March 29, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969
Everything about this pressing is top notch. Down to the print that came with it and the variant back cover of the record sleeve. I did have some surface noise on The What, but the rest of the record plays perfectly. I even managed to get the recipe card that came with it. If you have a chance to get this, I highly recommend it.
pungisotu

pungisotu

March 28, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, CD, Album, BVCA-670
Is the bonus track "Big Poppa" (Dirty Mix) simply a repeat of track 13 or is it a remix or other version of some kind?
OldSnuggs

OldSnuggs

March 17, 2018
referencing Ready To Die (The Remaster LP), 2xLP, Ltd, Unofficial, BIGGIEREADY002
Yea it’s not the greatest listen but having the 2 bonus tracks helps ease the pain of no/low bass (side note: IMO if they would have included the 2 other tracks on the original RTD album it would be the greatest rap album ever). Until they make a legit/affordable RTD vinyl with the bonus tracks included (b/c why not?), I’m bumping the bootleg.
BigBeat25

BigBeat25

February 23, 2018
referencing Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD), CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, NTSC, 0249-86280-1

The instrumental of "The What" is, in my opinion, one of the coolest ever made in the history of hip-hop. The other ones on this album are obviously great but that one particularly has something more chillin'.

Other than that, what can I say ? I wasn't born in 1994 yet, but I am thrilled to not have fallen into the radio system where they pretend to broadcast hip-hop today. What a joke !

Do yourself a favor and get this massive record featuring awesome instrumentals and one of the best musicians of all time : Mr Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G.
Peace !
thedaynos

thedaynos

January 25, 2018
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969
I added this to my collection today on discogs and put as "near mint" since I bought it new 2 weeks ago. But i'm thinking I might have to update it again in about a month to VG+ or VG cause i'm gonna play the shit out of this. This sounds amazing. Easily the best sounding hip hop record that I own. Not a single ounce of distortion anywhere on any track. Just amazing.
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.