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 (82)

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 US 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 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) 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 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, 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 78612-73000-4 US 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) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-4 US 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, Arista Records 78612-73000-4 Canada 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, 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
2-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Records (5) 2-73000-2 Australasia 1996 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(CD, Album, Club, RE) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 1997 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 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V + Sli) Bad Boy Entertainment 0249-86280-1 Europe 2004 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
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
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
R2 599597, R7-599597 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die(Box, Album, Ltd, Num, 25t + 3x7" + 3x7", Whi + 3x7) Bad Boy, Rhino Records (2), Get On Down R2 599597, R7-599597 2019 Sell This Version
R1-562969 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, RP) Bad Boy Entertainment R1-562969 US 2019 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(12", Album, Unofficial, Gre) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 2020 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(12", Album, Unofficial, Mar) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 2020 Sell This Version
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(12", Album, Unofficial, Red) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 2020 Sell This Version
0249-86280-1, 0249862801 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V + RE, Sli) Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Entertainment 0249-86280-1, 0249862801 Europe Unknown 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
ARCD 3000 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die(CD, Album) Bad Boy Records (5) ARCD 3000 Canada 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
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 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
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
78612-73000-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Album, Unofficial) Bad Boy Entertainment (2) 78612-73000-1 US Unknown 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 Unknown Sell This Version
78612-73000-1, 78612-73000_1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Album, Unofficial) Bad Boy Entertainment (2), Bad Boy Entertainment (2) 78612-73000-1, 78612-73000_1 US Unknown Sell This Version

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scottwray

scottwray

September 19, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Whi, R1 285201
Yes. Disc 2 was warped. Guess I wasn't the only one.
lotr121

lotr121

July 25, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969

Pretty good pressing in my opinion, a little quiet and flat at times but overall good. VMP usually does an excellent job, Doggystyle is a little better than this in terms of sound.
yk35

yk35

July 21, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, RP, R1-562969
Missed out on this classic unfortunately, if anyone based in Europe is willing to sell this at a normal price (up until about €50) please think of me and PM me.

Not about to pay these insane prices, come on now..
yk35

yk35

July 21, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969
Missed out on this classic unfortunately, if anyone based in Europe is willing to sell this at a normal price (up until about €50) please think of me and PM me.

Not about to pay these insane prices, come on now..
Boston-Records

Boston-Records

July 12, 2020
edited 3 months ago
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, RE, RR1 285201

This record does deserve better than some of the bad comments here. I compared it to the CD several times and noticed that the vocals and instrumentals sound as balanced as on the CD. A little surface noise is observable - on a quality turntable and cartridge - but it doesn't click or pop. Although there is no Parental Advisory sticker on the album it won't get any more explicit than this, I will tell you that. Put all that aside, this is a true classic which should be in every hiphop collection. Prices are a little on the high side, the CD might be a better pick if you're not looking for vinyl in particular.
bersin.nicolas

bersin.nicolas

June 29, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, RE, RR1 285201

Lots of surface noises, even after cleaning. Seems to be a reccuring problem with this pressing. Would not recommend.
YoungExpo

YoungExpo

June 23, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, RP, R1-562969
I ordered this version of Ready To Die from someone on Discogs, but the record I received did not include the drink recipe or the green/white insert along the sping shown in the photos. Are there two different Vinyl My Please pressings of this album? Did I receive the wrong version if it doesn't include those extras?
VinylShagg77

VinylShagg77

June 16, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, RP, R1-562969

This record has absolutely amazing sound engineering. It’s a top shelf album all the way. From the added totally dope artwork to Biggie’s favorite drink recipe this double album has it all..
nintendocraftcec

nintendocraftcec

February 26, 2020
referencing Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD), CD, Album, RM + DVD-V, B0002852-00
Can anyone confirm if this version has the original samples for Machine Gun Funk and Ready to Die?
nintendocraftcec

nintendocraftcec

February 25, 2020
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Red + LP, Whi + Album, Club, RE, RM, R1-562969
Fun Fact: Not only is this release as amazing as everyone says it is, but it features the versions of Machine Gun Funk and Ready to Die with the original samples included.