In my opinion, Ready To Die was the greatest rap album of all time. Maybe it's because i'm a huge Biggie fan, but I favor this over Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Illmatic, and all of the other all time great CDs. If you don't have Ready To Die, then GET THE RE-RELEASE! It's remastered, and includes the classic Who Shot Ya, and Just Playin (Dreams).It also comes with a DVD featuring the music videos from Ready To Die. PICK THIS UP!
2.Things Done Changed-produced by Darnell Scott-5/5-Great production. Definately an impressive song to start off the album. (Samples Dr. Dre-Lil Ghetto Boy)
3.Gimme The Loot-produced by Easy Mo Bee-6/5-Either this, or Slick Rick's Children's Story are my favorite songs of all time. The great production doesn't even matter in this song, because of Biggie's tremendous duel-role playing and storytelling skills shown in this song. Perfect song...
4.Machine Gun Funk-produced by Easy Mo Bee-5/5-Another classic song. Big chose this as the first single, but Puffy thought that it would be a better idea to put out Juicy. More nice production and Biggie's flow is just amazing. (Samples Lords Of The Underground-Chief Rocka)
5.Warning-produced by Easy Mo Bee-5/5-Big keeps coming with the classics, and probably my favorite video of all time. Big's storytelling on this one goes perfect with this beat.
6.Ready To Die-produced by Easy Mo Bee-5/5-Easy Mo Bee's run of 4 amazingly produced songs ends here. Biggie shows off some of his lyrical ability here.
7.One More Chance-produced by Norman & Digga/Bluez Brothers, Carl "Chucky" Thompson & P. Diddy-5/5-Classic, and named one of XXL's 69 most Freek-A-Leekiest songs of all time for a reason. Personally I like the remix better, but still a great song.
8.#!*@ Me-Interlude (Yeah, thats Lil Kim)
9.The What ft. Method Man-produced by Easy Mo Bee-5/5-The only guest apperance on the album is a well-worthy one. Meth and Biggie feed off of eachother perfectly.
10.Juicy-produced by Jean "Poke" Oliver & P. Diddy-5/5-Biggie's first ever single, and most people would agree it's one of the best songs of all time.
11.Everyday Struggles-produced by Norman & Digga/Bluez Brothers-5/5-I love this song, some of the best production I've ever heard and Big's verses are just amazing (its extremely hard to believe that he didn't write his verses, but just recorded them off the top of the head)
12.Me & My B*tch-produced by Norman & Digga/Bluez Brothers, Carl "Chucky" Thompson & P. Diddy-5/5-A little bit of a darker feel (production-wise, and Biggie's verses) but a great song anyway
13.Big Poppa-produced by Carl "Chucky" Thompson & P. Diddy-5/5-Classic song, and feels kind of out of place on this album, but Puff had to find a way to have Biggie appeal to the mainstream.
14.Respect-produced by Jean "Poke" Oliver & P. Diddy-5/5-I have no idea who that is on the chorus, but the Reggae feel goes great with the beat and Biggie drops a life-story type song
15.Friend Of Mine-produced by Easy Mo Bee-5/5-The worst track lyrically on the album, and I was going to give it a 4.5, but I realized that I would give it a 5 if it was on any other album
16.Unbelievable-produced by DJ Premier-5/5-Once again, another classic. This song is truly Unbelievable, just like every time Primo and Biggie got together (Samples R. Kelly-Your Body's Callin)
17.Suicidal Thoughts-produced by Lord Finesse-5/5-This song is genius. A very dark feel (see the title), and is a perfect closing track to a perfect CD, but there are....
18.Who Shot Ya-produced by Nasheim Myrick & P. Diddy-5/5-As if this album needed more amazing songs. Definately a classic, and started the infamous 2Pac-Biggie beef. This song was obviously not directed to Pac, as most people except for ignorant 2Pac fans know. If you have the original version, then at least download this song if you dont have it.
19.Just Playing (Dreams)-produced by Rashaad Smith-4.5/5-This song was going to be on the original Ready To Die, but it mentioned artists on the label, and the label didnt think it should be released. If you havent heard this song, the chorus (Dreeeaaams, of f***in an R&B b*tch) might help you figure out why they left it off
Also, check out Biggie's biography, Unbelievable by Cheo Hodari Coker, which i would reccomend to any Biggie fans