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20th Anniversary Review of the Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die,’ by a 2Pac Fan

By @TonyDelerme

Growing up I was never really a big (no pun intended) Biggie Smalls fan. At the time, the East vs. West beef was at its height and everyone had to pick their sides. I was living in Chicago back then and most people there identified with the East Coast, hence they were Biggie fans. As for me, I was riding with 2Pac. In fact, I road with 2Pac and the Death Row camp so much that if a Biggie song came on the radio I’d turn the volume down. And if his music video came on I would turn the channel. But little did I know what I was missing out on.

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Now, two decades later, many are reflecting back on some of the incredible hip hop albums that are celebrating their 20th anniversaries like Nas’ Illmatic, Method Man’sTical and many others. I found myself recently listening to Biggie’s Ready to Diealbum — honestly, for the first time — and boy was I blown away.

Upon listening to Ready to Die, the first thing that stuck out was Biggie’s… (Read at Huffington Post)

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