Hip Hop Classic LP, Ready to Die was the debut album of The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records. It served as the first release on the record label. Recording sessions for the album took place from 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.’s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as “the black Frank White”. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997)
Ready to Die gained strong reviews on release and became a commercial success, reaching quadruple platinum sales. A Super Hip Hop Classic.
R.I.P. Christopher Wallace (1972-1997)