Christopher Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls and Notorious B.I.G was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Ready to Die, Biggie Smalls debut albums lead the new East coast rapper to instant fame. Promoting Sean “Puffy” Combs new record label, Bad Boy into the hip hop and rap industry. Ready to Die captured the artists mesmerizing change from a thug drug dealer into a world renowned rapper. Biggie Smalls spectacular hits, “Juicy” and “Big Poppa” launched the new and inexperienced artists album to becoming a platinum record.
Biggie Smalls’ fame came as a shock. To stay grounded the rapper decided to share his prosperity with artists under Sean “Puffy” Combs label. Since he grew up in violent childhood, he sympathised those who struggled to leave behind their dark past. Notorious B.I.G once said, “Hustlers were my heroes. Everything happened on the strip I grew up in. It didn’t matter where you went, it was all in your face,” (Biography 2002). However as his wealth increased his past came back to haunt him. The popularity of Ready to Die caused pessimistic criticism. He told the New York Times in 1994 “he was disliked for having more money,” (The New York Times 1994), his constant fear of dying led to his down spiral. This obsession resulted in anxiety, which later led to unsystematic out spurts of aggression. In 1997 Biggie was murdered after attending the Soul Train Music Awards. A car pulled up next to him and shot the 24-year-old rapper.
Biggie Small incorporates unsophisticated lyrics and bland beats, making his album mediocre. Although Biggie is an exceptional rapper, the beats and melodies that are used throughout the album don’t capture the listener’s attention and are generic. When hearing about Biggie extraordinary album, Ready to Die, I had high expectations, but after listing to the album, it was apparent that there were only two top hits on the album, “Juicy” and “Big Poppa.” Besides these two songs the rest of the album was drastically disappointing. Biggies sinister and disquieting lyrics and tone of his album, was off-putting and unsatisfactory.