Dusting ‘Em Off: The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die

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Consequence of Sound

Pat Levy (PL): When discussing legendary figures, be they in music or sports or any other field, it’s rarely their debut that grabs the headlines. You recount all the successes that span their entire career, a series of peaks that earned them the title of legend. The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die is as strong a statement as you can make with your first impression, a powerful mix of radio-ready hits and dark, introspective tunes from the New York hardcore master.

Ready to Die and Illmatic both came out in 1994 and gave New York City the shot in the arm it needed, pushing it right to the forefront of the hip-hop conversation. But while Illmatic has enjoyed 20 years of being the consensus greatest rap album of all time, it’s hardly a record you would throw on at a party, and while Ready to Die has its moments of…

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