First of all, Biggie never gets his full respect as an artist and neither does this album. This is one of the greatest albums ever created. He starts of with a sad intro. He then moves on to “Things Done Changed”, a classic. He tells people that things aren’t like they used to be, “Mother****ers this ain’t back in the days, but you don’t hear me though.” “Gimme the loot”, talks about him robbing people to survive. “Machine Gun Funk” has a crazy beat. “Warning”, talks about these dudes who wanted to rob him because of all his paper. Biggie finds out their plans and he ends up getting them. The way Biggie raps in this song and still explains a story is incredible. “Ready to die”, talks about how no matter what, he is ready to die. You got Puffy at the end say some corny prayer which he shouldn’t had put in.
Then there is the classic “One More Chance”, the original mix. The beginning coming into this song is funny, all them hoes sweating him all hard. It just goes to show how dumb some broads are. Then the interlude is funny right afterwards. “The What” showcases Method Man trading rhymes. I like this song because Biggie and Method Man flowing back and forth makes you bop ya head.
“Juicy”…everyone heard it. “Everyday Struggle” is a song where Biggie tells a story about what he goes through every day in the drug biz. “Me And My *****” has the laid back flow and beat. He is talking about his one women that rode with him through everything. “Big Poppa”…enough said. This man gave u a whole verse telling you how to holla at a shortie, “…and ask what your interests are, who you be with/Things to make you smile, what numbers to dial/You gon’ be here for a while, I’m gon’ go call my crew/You go call your crew/We can rendezvous at the bar around two/Plans to leave, throw the keys to Lil Cease/Pull the truck up, front, and roll up the next blunt.”
“Respect”, a good song that has that reggae feel. “Friend Of Mine” is a track with Lil Kim responding to BIG every now and then to him. “Unbelievable” has a DJ Premier beat with BIG saying he is the illest on the hook and proving it with his rhymes. No one knew that he was right even back then. “Suicidal Thoughts” is track where Biggie is calling Puffy on the phone early in the morning. He talks about when he dies he is going to jail, the whole time Puffy is trying to talk to him about it. Puffy is kinda scared when Biggie is rapping then all of a sudden you hear a gun shot. A sad song especially when you hear the heart stop beating. In all a good first CD that will never get the respect it deserves.