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 (88)

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 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 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) 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
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
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, Arista Records 78612-73000-4 Canada 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
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, BMG 8743 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG 78612-73000-4, BMG 8743 Indonesia 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
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
AC 3000 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album, Club) Bad Boy Entertainment AC 3000 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
78612-73005-1 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
none The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album, RE) Moon Records (2) none Ukraine 1998 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
0602498630334 Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (The Remaster CD And DVD)(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, PAL, Reg) Bad Boy Records (5) 0602498630334 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
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
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
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
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
78612-73000-1 Notorious B.I.G. Ready to die(LP, Album, Whi) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-1 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
78612-73000-2 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(12", Album, Unofficial, Yel) Bad Boy Entertainment 78612-73000-2 US 2020 Sell This Version
R1 645710 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, KIT) Bad Boy Entertainment R1 645710 US 2021 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
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 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
260 020-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die(Cass, Album, RE) Bad Boy Records, Inc. 260 020-1 Russia 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
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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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cristianloza

cristianloza

April 18, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, KIT, R1 645710
Sooooooooooooooooo glad I scored on this one. FANTASTIC pressing! If you can get your hands on this get it.
MytMowse

MytMowse

April 15, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial, 78612-73005-1
I got this recently at best buy. The edge of the vinyl is oddly cut but doesn't affect anything. Also the description states that it has no gatefold cover. This one came in a gatefold. Same cover as above.
3103188500

3103188500

March 25, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, 78612-73000-1
Hi Guys! Do you have sealed new copy? I can buy this immediately.Here is my e-mail:[email protected]
SlammedZero

SlammedZero

March 23, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 78612-73005-1

My record sounds great. I had no issues with playback or sound. The sleeve itself has a nice solid build feel to it.
valdudes

valdudes

March 16, 2021
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, KIT, R1 645710

Pressing sounds great and the packaging is nicely done. The Bad Boy logo on the vinyl is metallic ink, nice touch, not sure if it's that way on previous pressings. Grew up with Biggie so this was a must have for the collection.
groovytouque

groovytouque

March 15, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, RE, RR1 285201

Excellent pressing. Don’t really get all the complaints about surface noise as my copy plays great after a quick dustoff. Sound is excellent, light years better than my enter the Wu album. And it’s arguably the single greatest hip hop album of all time (IMO) Biggie is the GOAT.
sliplikefreudian.

sliplikefreudian.

March 14, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, KIT, R1 645710
Apparently this release does not contain the original samples on Machine Gun Funk according to someone on Reddit whose copy arrived; bearing this in mind, plus the fact the album is incomplete in this pressing (intentionally so), aside from true completionists, I would say go for the VMP edition for sure.
Mindfuldb

Mindfuldb

March 12, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, KIT, R1 645710
Glad that this was repressed, the retail was a little pricy, but I think the packaging and the design makes for a special presentation. Great work to Ronnie Fieg at Kith for bringing the album back to life. On eBay you can find a copy between 80-100 bucks depending on where you look, maybe lower. Good luck!
geratsalcido

geratsalcido

March 12, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Whi, R1 285201
Does this version have the original samples on "Machine Gun Funk" and "Ready to Die"?
geratsalcido

geratsalcido

March 12, 2021
referencing Ready To Die, Box, Album, Ltd, Num, 25t + 3x7" + 3x7", Whi + 3x7, R2 599597, R7-599597
Beware!! This does NOT contain the sample on the title track 'Ready to Die'

It does contain the sample on 'Machine Gun Funk', though.

I would recommend buying any version prior to 2006.