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** Although infamous due to preceding the 9/11 attacks, the line "...blow up like the world trade", which referred to the 1993 bombings, was still a pretty morbid joke at the time, given that it killed eight people and injured over a thousand.

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** Although infamous due to preceding the 9/11 attacks, the line "...blow up like the world trade", trade" from "Juicy", which referred to the 1993 bombings, was still a pretty morbid joke at the time, given that it killed eight people and injured over a thousand.


Sadly, ''Ready to Die'' was the only album Biggie saw the release of during his lifetime - he was murdered in Los Angeles just 16 days before the release of his second album, ''Music/LifeAfterDeath''.

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Sadly, ''Ready to Die'' was the only album Biggie saw the release of during his lifetime - he was murdered in Los Angeles just 16 days before the release of his second album, ironically named ''Music/LifeAfterDeath''.

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* DisappearedDad: Referenced in "The What," where Biggie complains that, "Pop Duke left mom Duke. The faggot [[DoubleEntendre took the back way]]."


** "Warning" samples "Walk On By" by Isaac Hayes.

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** "Warning" samples "Walk On By" by Isaac Hayes.Music/IsaacHayes.


** Most infamously, however, "Who Shot Ya?" (initially released as a B-side on the "Big Poppa" single) was interpreted by [[Music/TupacShakur 2Pac]] as a diss aimed at him mocking his '94 shooting (as well as proof that Biggie had orchestrated it). That's unlikely (Lil' Cease stated that Biggie recorded the song months before the shooting), and the song doesn't explicitly mention [=2Pac=] (or anyone in particular for that matter), but Biggie did perform the song live a lot during their beef.

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** Most infamously, however, "Who Shot Ya?" (initially released as a B-side on the "Big Poppa" single) was interpreted by [[Music/TupacShakur 2Pac]] as a diss aimed at him mocking his '94 shooting (as well as proof that Biggie had orchestrated it). That's unlikely (Lil' Cease stated that Biggie recorded the song months before the shooting), and the song doesn't explicitly mention [=2Pac=] (or anyone in particular for that matter), but Biggie did perform the song live a lot during their beef.beef, which Pac found ''very'' insensitive.


It went on to become one of the biggest-selling hip-hop albums of all time, as well as being universally hailed as a classic of the genre - helping rivitalize the East Coast hip-hop scene commercially in the face of the West Coast's dominance in the early 90s. Three of its songs - "Juicy", "Big Poppa", and "Warning" - went on to become singles, accompanied by music videos.

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It went on to become one of the biggest-selling hip-hop albums of all time, as well as being universally hailed as a classic of the genre - helping rivitalize revitalize the East Coast hip-hop scene commercially in the face of the West Coast's dominance in the early 90s. Three of its songs - "Juicy", "Big Poppa", and "Warning" - went on to become singles, accompanied by music videos.

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** Although infamous due to preceding the 9/11 attacks, the line "...blow up like the world trade", which referred to the 1993 bombings, was still a pretty morbid joke at the time, given that it killed eight people and injured over a thousand.


'''''Ready to Die''''' is the first album ([[ShortLivedBigImpact of two]]) by Music/TheNotoriousBIG, released on September 13th, 1994.

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'''''Ready ''Ready to Die''''' Die'' is the first album ([[ShortLivedBigImpact of two]]) by Music/TheNotoriousBIG, released on September 13th, 1994.


-->-- '''"Things Done Changed"'''

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-->-- '''"Things -->--'''"Things Done Changed"'''



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-->-- '''"Things Done Changed"'''

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* BookEnds: The album starts and ends with life and death: the intro begins with a childbirth scene, and the closing track "Suicidal Thoughts" ends with Biggie committing suicide.


'''Ready to Die''' is the first album ([[ShortLivedBigImpact of two]]) by Music/TheNotoriousBIG, released on September 13th, 1994.

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'''Ready '''''Ready to Die''' Die''''' is the first album ([[ShortLivedBigImpact of two]]) by Music/TheNotoriousBIG, released on September 13th, 1994.

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XXL Magazine has an in-depth, track-by-track article about the making of ''Ready to Die'', available [[http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/09/the-making-of-ready-to-diefamily-business/ right here.]]


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* BlackComedy: Most of the humor on the album is this. The shining example is probably "Gimme the Loot"; you can't help but laugh at a lot of Biggie's lines just because they're so mean. "I wouldn't give a fuck if you're pregnant / gimme the baby rings, and the #1 Mom pendant!"



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[[caption-width-right:306:It was all a dream...]]

->''Damn, what happened to the summertime cookouts?''\\
''Every time I turn around, a nigga getting took out''\\
''Shit, my Momma got cancer in her breast''\\
''Don't ask me why I'm motherfuckin' stressed''\\
''Things done changed...''


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* BankRobbery: "Gimme the Loot" is about two criminals ([[ActingForTwo both rapped by Biggie]]) sticking up a bank.


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* DonutMessWithACop: In "Gimme the Loot", after robbing the bank, stealing a getaway car and robbing the couple inside, the younger robber freaks out when he sees the cops nearby, but the older one just says "Be cool, fool / they ain't gonna roll up, all they want is fuckin' donuts." [[BolivianArmyEnding He underestimated them.]]


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* RecordProducer: Bad Boy labelhead and Biggie's [[HeterosexualLifePartners best bud]] Puffy serves as executive producer. Easy Mo Bee handled the majority of the production, but there are also beats by DJ Premier, Lord Finesse, the Trackmasters, Darnell Scott, Chucky Thompson and the Bluez Brothers (no, not [[Film/TheBluesBrothers these guys]]).
* RedOniBlueOni: The two bank robbers in "Gimme the Loot" ([[ActingForTwo both played by Biggie]]). The younger one is the hotheaded, skittish Red, while the older one is the cooler, more confident Blue.
* {{Sampling}}: All over the album, of course, but to name just the most notable cases...
** The album intro, which is a summary of Biggie's life up until the recording of the album, uses samples to mark the notable time periods of not just his life, but of hip-hop: He's born to Music/CurtisMayfield's "Superfly" in the '70s, gets in trouble as a kid in '79/the early '80s to Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (marking the birth of hip-hop), commits robbery as a teenager in the '80s to Audio Two's "Top Billin'" (marking the Golden Age of hip-hop), and is released from prison in the early '90s to Music/SnoopDogg's "Tha Shiznit" (marking the rise of West Coast hip-hop in the early '90s).
** "Gimme the Loot", "Machine Gun Funk" and "Ready to Die" became the source of some legal trouble in 2006 over their samples of "Singing in the Morning" by the Ohio Players (both "Gimme the Loot" and "Ready to Die") and "Up for the Down Stroke" by the Horny Horns ("Machine Gun Funk"). The samples were removed on all further pressings. [[note]]Puffy and Bad Boy Records were criticized by some for not using the "fair use" doctrine, but in 2014 when The Impressions member Lee Hutson sued for the alleged illegal sampling of "Can't Say Enough About Mom" in "The What", they ''did'' successfully claim fair use and got to keep the sample.[[/note]]
** "Warning" samples "Walk On By" by Isaac Hayes.
** The hook of "One More Chance" is based on Music/TheJacksonFive's "I Want You Back" ("Oh Biggie, give me one more chance...")
** "Juicy" samples (and is named for) "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume.
** "Everyday Struggle" samples "Either Way" by Dave Grusin.
** "Big Poppa" samples "Between the Sheets" by Music/TheIsleyBrothers.


Sadly, ''Ready to Die'' was the only album Biggie saw the release of during his lifetime - he was murdered in Los Angeles just 16 days before the release of his second album, ''Life After Death''.

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Sadly, ''Ready to Die'' was the only album Biggie saw the release of during his lifetime - he was murdered in Los Angeles just 16 days before the release of his second album, ''Life After Death''.
''Music/LifeAfterDeath''.

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