The West Coast had been holding hip-hop down for years by the time the Notorious B.I.G. made his Bad Boy debut in 1994. But once he did, 'Ready to Die' proved that the East Coast was still a force to be reckoned with. The Bed-Stuy native had infinite bars telling stories of subway heists ('Gimme the Loot') and potential home invasions ('Warning'). He could easily take on the persona of every character involved. As reluctant as Biggie was to delve into the rap industry, 'Ready to Die' shaped the careers of many who came after him.





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