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‘Rolling Stone’ Names Biggie’s ‘Ready To Die’ the Greatest Hip-Hop Album of All Time

Not long ago, Rolling Stone described Biggie’s album Ready To Die as the greatest album of all time. Continue reading to know which other albums have made it to the top 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of the magazine.

‘Rolling Stone’ named Biggie’s ‘Ready To Die’ as the greatest album

Rolling Stone has placed Biggie aka Christopher George Latore Wallace’s album Ready To Die on the top spot in the list of 200 Greatest Hip-Hip Albums of all time. Ready to Die is the debut studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie’s album dropped on September 13, 1994, by Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. The album consists of productions by Bad Boy founder Sean “Puffy” Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse, among many others.

Ready To Die was recorded by Biggie from 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The album talks about the rapper’s experiences as a young criminal. It was the only studio album that was released throughout his music career, he was killed sixteen days before the release of his second album Life After Death in 1997.

Which other albums were on the list of ‘Rolling Stone’?

The album that was put in the second place was Stankonia by Outkast, followed by The Blueprint by Jay Z and  Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly landed in the fourth and fifth spot respectively.

Others on the list were, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Missy Elliot’s Miss E… So Addictive, A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory, Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and many more.

How did the fans react to Rolling Stone’s decision?

One fan wrote, “Ready To Die is an incredible album with insane replay value. Biggie’s flow is second to none. Mainstream timeless hits. Street records for hip hop heads. Amazing storytelling. Flawless album. I have no problem with Rollingstone rating it number 1.”

Another user tweeted, “Come on @RollingStone, we all know “Ready To Die” by Biggie is not the greatest hiphop album of all time. The Blueprint by Jay Z is the greatest hiphop album of all time.”

Followed by a user who penned, “The Top 5 in this ranking are 1) Ready To Die – BIG 2) Stankonia – OutKast 3) Blueprint – Jay-Z 4) It Takes a Nation – Public Enemy 5) To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar How y’all feel about this…”

One user tweeted, “No it’s not lol. There are a few albums which can be considered the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time and Ready To Die is DEFINITELY one of them.”

Another user wrote, “Sorry but ‘Ready To Die’ is NOT greater than ‘Illmatic’. Not even close. Even Biggie knows this.”

These were a few reactions of the fans to Biggie’s album Ready To Die being named as the greatest album of all time by the side of Rolling Stone.

What’s your favorite track from Biggie’s album Ready To Die? Kindly let us know in the comments section below. Don’t forget to stay in touch with us for the latest updates from the world of entertainment.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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