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Biggie Smalls - Ready To Die

Does anyone else think “Ready to Die” is one of the best east coast hip-hop records of all time? It’s one of the few records that sounds just as relevant and sick in the 1990s as it does today. One of my personal favorite tracks is “Warning”⁠.

Over producer Easy Mo Bee's smooth Isaac Hayes sample, Biggie plays two characters, himself and "Pop," a buddy from the barber shop who's just uncovered an "intricate plot" involving some bad dudes looking to jack Biggie.⁠

Throughout the album he slips in and out of different characters with ease but it’s always to see elements of Biggie in his narrators and of his own experience in the details. ⁠


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