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Ready to Die

"It was all a dream . . ." is one of many quotable lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut set, "Ready to Die.

"It was all a dream . . ." is one of many quotable lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut set, "Ready to Die." Ten years later, this particular lyric from the song "Juicy" rings profoundly true as Bad Boy/Universal releases a remastered version of the classic album that made the Brooklyn, N.Y., rapper a legend. "Ready to Die" is as powerful now as it was then. The violent but thought-provoking lyrics of "Suicidal Thoughts," "Things Done Changed" and the title track were enhanced by the haunting production of Lord Finesse, Darnell Scott and Easy Mo Bee, respectively. On the other hand, B.I.G. also knew the importance of displaying his sensitive side (the gangsta love song "Me & My B*tch" and the aforementioned autobiographical "Juicy"). Now enhanced with an accompanying DVD, "Ready to Die" is a firm reminder that while the slain rapper is no longer with us, his dream of creating classic music remains.—RH