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'Ready to Die' at 30: Biggie's Classic Album Gets Vinyl Re-Release

The Notorious B.I.G.'s groundbreaking debut album, "Ready to Die," is set for a special 30th-anniversary reissue on September 13th. Rhino Records announced the reissue last Friday, months after the album's induction into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, solidifying its cultural impact.

The two-LP reissue will feature newly reimagined limited edition cover art and will be available in both black and color vinyl editions. The black vinyl version will be sold through and, while the color vinyl edition will be exclusive to select retailers.

Author and journalist Justin Tinsley, in his essay for the Library of Congress induction, described the album as a response to "American capitalism and just how deadly the pursuit of money could be and was for so many—in particular, young Black folks in America."

The 6x platinum-certified album, celebrated for hits like "Juicy" and "Big Poppa," each with over 1 billion streams, continues to be recognized as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever, appearing on lists like Apple Music's 100 Best Albums of All Time and Rolling Stone's 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time.

The reissue comes 30 years to the day after the album's original release, marking a milestone for a record that shaped hip-hop's golden age and solidified The Notorious B.I.G.'s place as a rap legend.

Track Listing for Ready To Die (30th Anniversary)

LP One: Side One
"Things Done Changed"
"Gimme The Loot"
"Machine Gun Funk"

Side Two
6. "Ready To Die"
7. "One More Chance"
8. "F*$K Me"
9. "The What"
10. "Juicy"

LP Two: Side One
"Every Day Struggle"
"Me & My Bitch"
"Big Poppa"

Side Two
5. "Friend of Mine"
6. "Unbelievable"
7. "Suicidal Thoughts"
8. "Who Shot Ya"

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