The Making of Ready to Die:
Family Business

"Realest Niggaz (Remix)” featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem, N/A


3 “Gimme The Loot”

Produced by Easy Mo Bee
Easy Mo Bee When he did “Gimme The Loot” I was like, Whoa—dude’s got problems! People who wanna battle him, go up against him? Nobody’s gonna wanna battle this cat. If you heard everything he said in his lyrics, you won’t live. I remember very clearly that that song was done during the daytime. It was still light outside. Junior M.A.F.I.A. was there. I ain’t never really worked with nobody that really spit that hard before. So when I was in the studio, I was like, “Yo, man you sure you ain’t sayin’ too much?” And I remember Cease and Chico sittin’ back and sayin’, “Yo, Mo, just chill! You sensitive!” I was like, “I just wanna make sure we get sold. I don’t want no records getting snatched off the shelves.” That’s my whole thing. I guess that was their [definition] of being “sensitive.”
Maybe Puff didn’t necessarily respond to me at the time when I came to him and presented [my concerns] to him, but I remember telling him, “Yo, the shit about being pregnant, and the ‘Number One Mom’ pendant? Yo, be careful with that. Because you could have all kinds of Christian rights and women’s rights organizations trying to pull your stuff down off the shelves and all that.” At the time, Puffy kind of brushed it off. And I just walked away in my mind like, all right. But I guess later it made sense to him—even without him coming back to me. ’Cause [that lyric] got blurred out. So it worked out the way it was supposed to.
[As far as Big rhyming the two different characters’ voices], he went in the booth and then it just kind of happened. He just started doing it. He would do one voice, then come behind and do the other one later—just like, leave a gap so he could come back and fill the spaces. I was like, Yo, that’s creative! And he really had cats fooled. Even just last year, I was around somebody who was playing that, and still after all this time he was like, “Yo, who was that—that was Puff?” I was like, “Man, y’all really can’t hear that? That’s him! He did two voices.” That just shows you how good he was.
Mister Cee I clearly remember “Gimme The Loot,” because I did the scratches on it. Remembering that is like yesterday. I used Kid Hood’s verse from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario (Remix).” And how I did the turntables and made the word “Bad, bad, bad” from turning the knob off on the turntable from pressing the stop button. Each time that I brought the record back, it’s a different effect to where you turn the knob off on the turntable to where you stop the turntable. You get a different effect on the record. So when you bring it regularly it’s like, “Bad.” Turn the knob off, “Baaad”—slower. Press the button, “Baaaad”—slowest.

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  • london’s Finest

    Ready To Die was a fucking classic, up there with the likes of Nas’s Illmatic and Jigga’s Reasonable Doubt. Biggie was ill and appreciated over these shores. In my opinion the greatest to hold a mic.

  • kmax25

    im a biggie fan but im a realist at the same time. ready to die aint a classic album… after death is though. a classic album should both change hip hop and if listened to 10 yrs later, should sound just as good as when it first came out. the tracks on ready to die are very sub par with the exception of 3 or 4. life after death sounds like new music when i put it in. the production is still hot. look at jay-z with reasonable doubt, its the same thing…….great lyrics and sub par production. southernplayalistic, makaveli, all eyes on me, blueprint one, 400 degreez, both chronic albums, straight outta compton, gods son, or doggystyle are classics in my opinion.

  • kmax25

    people think since its an artists firsrt album that its a classic and it cant get no better. we didnt even hear about reasonable doubt on the west coast until the buzz had almost dried up. an artist can evolve and get better with time people. look at t.i. for instance. his first album wasnt a classic, trap music was hot then urban legend was crazy now word is “The King” album is better than that. the jay-z in 2003 is 10x nicer than the jay-z in 1995. my bad i forgot outkast’s aquemini album. now thats a classic

  • EnglandRepresent

    Big Poppa – The best to ever do this rap shit, niggas had better recognise that.

  • Dime loc

    B.I.G fan fa life even though junior mafia ain’t did or doin shit or represented B.I.G like suppose 2 we gotta him goin strong cuz them niggas ain’t……..oh yeah Kim got some fat ass booty and tits.


    still play the album from time 2 time.big 4 ever

  • stonyisland

    To all the honeys in the place with style and grace, allow me to lace these lyrical douches in yo bushes..Nuff said the fat bastard was the best to do it. Unlike pac or even rakim, big could flip different styles and sound different, Rakim sounded the same on all of his joint, so did pac. No disrespect to the God Rakim or Kane but biggie you the shit my nigga, I know Puffy is fucking up your legacy with the last bullshit release, but try to rest in peace playboy. Save me seat. One love.

  • marvin

    what jodeci number is under the porn scene on this album?

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    what is the sample in the track “one more chance original version & og edition” in the minute 1:14?????????????????????????????????


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  • Knowbody

    For me, Ready To Die beats Life After Death but they were both exceptional albums. It just sucks that Big couldn’t have stayed around, Hip Hop would be a lot better off.

  • JF

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