Film & TV / Hip Hop / Music

The Notorious B.I.G’s ‘Ready To Die’ album celebrates it’s 25th anniversary

Ready To Die, the critically acclaimed debut studio album by Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G marked it’s 25th Anniversary this month, officially released 13 September 1994 through Bad Boy Records. The debut album by the Brooklyn, New York artist solidified his place as a serious New York rapper and set the foundation to becoming a global name in the hip hop music world! On release the album only moved 57 000 copies in its first week of album sales, but gained popularity after he dropped the single ‘Big Poppa, and eventually got certified platinum in 1999 two years after his death.  To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Ready To Die, Amazon Music and Apple music have released documentaries to pay respect to the album which led to the rise of The Notorious B.I.G. Check out the documentaries below…

Watch Amazon Music’s ‘The Birth Of Biggie’ – 25 Years of ‘Ready to Die’ 

Here are a few segments from the original New York Times review of ‘Ready To Die’ December 18, 1994

“THOUGH MANY RAPPERS exaggerate about the lives they led before becoming performers, some are actually former drug dealers. Few have ever been as open in detailing their criminal past as Biggie Smalls, and none have ever been as clear about the pain they felt at the time. “He doesn’t want anyone to see that he’s not as tough as he thinks he is,” said Ms. Wallace, the rapper’s mother. “He cries inside. He bleeds inside. But he doesn’t want anyone to see the vulnerable side of him”…

“His raps acknowlege both the excitement of drug dealing and the stress caused by the threat from other dealers, robbers, the police and parents, sometimes one’s own. In presenting the downside of that life, “Ready to Die” offers perhaps the most balanced and honest portrait of the dealer’s life of any in hip-hop…”
Biggie-Ready-to-Die

“Ready to Die” is, indeed, marked by pathos unusual not only in hip-hop but in pop music. “In street life you’re not allowed to show if you care about something,” said Mr. Combs, of Bad Boy Entertainment. “You’ve got to keep that straight face. The flip side of that is his album. He’s giving up all his vulnerability. He’s letting you know how he has felt about his mother. He’s letting you know how he cried. How he has thought about killing himself.”

By expressing the self-loathing and self-doubt he felt while dealing, he hopes that his experiences may resonate with other living that life. “I want them stressed-out niggers to be, like, ‘Yo, this nigger be hitting it right on the nose, man,’ “he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.” And he added, venting those feelings was also therapeutic. “I got a lot off my chest with that album.”

Watch Apple Music’s ‘Ready To Die’ 25th Anniversary documentary

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