500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The Notorious B.I.G., 'Ready to Die'

134. The Notorious B.I.G., 'Ready to Die'

Bad Boy, 1994

B.I.G. (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls) took the gritty life experience of his hard-knock Brooklyn youth and crammed it into Ready to Die, hip-hop's greatest debut. "Big Poppa" is the hit sex jam, "Juicy" made you laugh as you danced, and on "Things Done Changed" and "Everyday Struggle," he relates gangsta tales in a voice as thick as his waistline.

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