The Notorious B.I.G.

Things Done Changed

I met Biggie Smalls for the first time in the summer of 1993. I had just moved to Brownsville and was living on Grafton Street & he was in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. I had just produced three song’s on Little Shawn’s debut release “The Voice In The Mirror” mine and his first major label release on Capitol Records in 1992. Shawn left Capitol Records at the end of that year and signed with Uptown Records, which was being run by Andre Harell as president with the then unknown Puff Daddy as A&R man.

While i was in the office playing music for Lil Shawn and his new album Puffy came into the room and grabbed two of my beat’s for Biggie on the spot. The Things Done Changed beat, which contained a sample from “Summer Breeze” by The Main Ingredient and the other was the same sample Easy MoBee used in Warning, walk on by, Issac Hayes. Lawyers were paid, contract’s were exchanged and July 1993 we were in Soundtrack Studio’s with Bob “Bassy” Brockman and made history with Things Done Changed.

The album is still selling and has now shipped over 6 million units and counting worldwide. Accolade’s are to many to mention, It ranks in the top ten of every hip hop chart, It’s The Critic’s Top 100 Black Music Album’s of All Time. It is number 133 on Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time. It is the third highest ranked Hip Hop album on the list (with Public Enemy‘s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Run-D.M.C.‘s Raising Hell ranking above), but the highest ranking 90s Hip-Hop album and debut hip-hop album.Ranked #30 in Spin’s “100 Greatest Albums, Time Magazine, Top Albums of all time & was the Village Voice album of the year in 1994.

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Lil’ Cease That was one that was most played in the car. Big loved that song. There was no particluar story behind it. It was more of a song that had a concept behind it rather than a story itself. Biggie made it to represent Brooklyn. To show how he grew up, how we grew up. He wanted to show what he was accustomed to and the lifestyle he was used to. It was one of the very first ones made. Whenever you make a track of that nature, with lyrics so real, it stands out.

Rrather than a story itself. Biggie made it to represent Brooklyn. To show how he grew up, how we grew up. He wanted to show what he was accustomed to and the lifestyle he was used to. It was one of the very first ones made. Whenever you make a track of that nature, with lyrics so real, it stands sent Brooklyn. To show how he grew up, how we grew up. He wanted to show what he was accustomed to and the lifestyle he was used to. It was one of the very first ones made. Whenever you make a track of that nature, with lyrics so real, it stands out.

 

 

Notorious B.I.G. “Ready To Die 1994 2xLP

Label: Bad Boy Entertainment
Runout: 78612-73000-1-SB-Sp1 SP1-1 “HFM ´96″ signature
Notes: Original US gatefold pressing

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Tracklisting:

A1 Intro (3:24)
A2 Things Done Changed (3:57) Producer – Dominic Owen , Kevin Scott
A3 Gimme The Loot (5:04)
A4 Machine Gun Funk (4:16)
A5 Warning (3:41)
B1 Ready To Die (4:24)
B2 One More Chance (4:43) Vocals – Total
B3 #!*@ Me (Interlude) (1:31)
B4 The What (3:57) Rap [Featuring] – Method Man
B5 Juicy (5:05) Producer – Poke / Vocals – Total
C1 Everyday Struggle (5:19)
C2 Me & My Bitch (4:00)
C3 Big Poppa (4:11)
C4 Respect (5:22) Producer – Poke / Vocals – Diana King
D1 Friend Of Mine (3:28)
D2 Unbelievable (3:43) Producer – DJ Premier
D3 Suicidal Thoughts (2:54) Producer – Lord Finesse
D4 Who Shot Ya? (5:20) Producer – Nashiem Myrick / Vocals – Faith Evans

 

Cassette version of Ready To Die

Promo cassette for of Ready To Die - circa 1994

Promo cassette for Ready To Die

Promotional Sticker 1994

B.I.G. Promo Sticker 1994

Promo Sticker 1994

B.I.G Source Cover-1996

Source Cover 1996

B.I.G Rap Pages

Rap Pages

 

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