The Notorious BIG reshaped rap on September 13, 1994, when he released his debut album Ready To Die. Things did change, and Biggie Smalls laid claim to the rap crown with one of the most stunning debut albums of all-time. Whether it was BIG’s impeccable flow, his brutally raw and honest lyrics, or the powerhouse of sampling genius that scored this hip-hop film, Ready To Die is the holy grail of rap.
The album’s intro is a telling of Christopher Wallace’s life up until the release of his debut, using iconic songs as the backdrop to represent several time jumps. It all begins with the birth of Biggie, which would go on to be the concept for the iconic Ready To Die album cover artwork. The Notorious BIG had arrived, and the baby with the iconic afro sitting in the center of that all-white background was the first thing the world saw when they laid eyes on his masterpiece.
The Notorious BIG Ready To Die album artwork design