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Jul
08

Ready to Die (OG Edition) vs. Ready to Die (Standard Edition)

On the left is the “OG Edition” and on the right is the remaster from a few years back of Biggie Smalls’ hip-hop masterpiece “Ready to Die.” The Mixtape Marvel recently dropped the OG Edition, which is allegedly how Biggie intended it to sound, before sample clearances and things of that nature. Most of these versions have been floating around for a while, but, to my knowledge, this is the first time they have been released collectively.

Which is better, the regular edition or the OG edition? I’m going to compare the two track-for-track. Whichever has the better version of each song gets one point. In the event of a tie, both albums will get a point. At the end, I will compare the OG Edition’s bonus tracks to the remaster’s bonus tracks, and the album with the better bonus tracks will get two points.

Note that not all of the R2D songs appear on the OG edition, notably Big Poppa and Unbelievable. I will ignore Big Poppa, but will compare Unbelievable to Whatchu Want, which is in its place.

The OG edition can be downloaded here or here. You should buy the original Ready to Die, but, strictly for informational purposes, it’s available for download here.

 

THINGS DONE CHANGED

One of my favorite tracks from R2D. The OG Edition doesn’t offer anything new, but the mixing is a little off, some of the elements seem to be mastered into the background. The original is slightly better.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 0

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 1

 

GIMME THE LOOT

The only real difference here is that the OG Edition is uncensored, which makes the song infinitely better. It’s just not the same song if you can’t hear BIG threatening “pregnant bitches.”

Ready to Die OG Edition: 1

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 1

 

MACHINE GUN FUNK

This is the first track that significantly varies from the standard song, this time replacing the beat. The standard edition is easily better, the OG version being little more than a piano loop over drums, whereas the standard version packs funky horns and masterful scratching. The OG version is not without its charm, though. It’s also worth noting that the OG edition has the uncensored lyric “…for the jackers, the jealous ass crackers and the blue suits, I’ll make you prove that it’s bulletproof,” whereas the standard edition censors “blue suits” by overlapping a wailing police siren.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 1

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 2

 

WARNING

I honestly can’t tell the difference between the two songs, although my computer tells me that the OG edition is four seconds shorter. Oh, well. Tie.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 2

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 3

 

READY TO DIE

This one, like Machine Gun Funk, is a personal favorite of mine that has a completely different beat. Also, like Machine Gun Funk, the OG Edition is much more minimal, consisting of far less layers of music. The main problem with the OG Edition is that all of the scratching in the intro and chorus are missing, and the organs are changed. And those were the best parts of the standard song.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 2

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 4

 

ONE MORE CHANCE

The OG edition is basically the same song, except its not mastered, so it sounds shittier.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 2

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 5

 

THE WHAT

This one has a different intro by BIG, which I greatly appreciated since I always thought BIG’s intro on the original was one of his weakest rhymes, although I did enjoy how we rhymed “Feels on a bitch” with “Shields on the dick.”

Ready to Die OG Edition: 3

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 5

 

JUICY

The OG Edition has “Pete Rock’s Version,” which means that Pete Rock took Juicy, gave it shittier drums, fucked with the sample, and completely killed its feel-good vibe that I loved so much. Avoid the OG version of this at all costs. Especially if you’re high, in which case it will kill your buzz instantly.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 3

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 5

 

EVERYDAY STRUGGLE

Like One More Chance, the OG Edition’s “Demo Mix” is basically the standard song, except in shittier quality.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 3

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 6

 

ME & MY BITCH

The OG version has a slightly different beat  and chorus. I could go either way; tie.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 4

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 7

 

RESPECT

The OG version is billed as having a different beat, but the only real difference is Diana King’s singing bit at the end, where the OG version cuts the beat down to the drums and the standard edition just keeps looping the beat. I prefer how the OG version drops the beat to emphasize her singing; it offers a needed pause from the main loop that throws a lot more emphasis on her singing.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 5

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 7

 

FRIEND OF MINE

Another demo mix that doesn’t offer anything except the standard track in shittier quality.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 5

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 8

 

WHUTCHU WANT VS. UNBELIEVABLE

Whutchu Want is a surprisingly good song for an unreleased track, although I must admit that it’s basically Gimme the Loot without BIG doing his accomplice’s annoying voice and with a anthem chorus instead of just BIG yelling “Gimme the Loot!”

I enjoyed Whutchu Want a lot, and it fits in really well on Ready to Die,  but it’s not on par with Unbelievable, especially DJ Premier’s production.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 5

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 9

 

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Basically identical tracks, except the OG version has some dead space at the end. Tie.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 6

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 10

 

BONUS TRACKS

The remaster’s bonus tracks are “Who Shot Ya?” (by popular demand) and “Just Playing (Dreams),” which are both okay songs, but not stellar and are songs I never listen to when I spin my copy of Ready to Die.

On the other hand, the bonus tracks on OG Edition are funky, bouncy songs that I enjoyed all of. Especially entertaining is “Pepsi Freestyle,” a Biggie freestyle about none other than the delicious carbonated beveraged we all enjoy. It’s worth listening to just to hear Biggie rhyme “test me” with “Pepsi.”

My personal favorite of the bunch is “For the Macs and Dons,” a soulful, organ-drenched tune that would have fit in well on Ready to Die. The only real problem is the last song, “Biggie Got The Hype Shit,” which is apparently recorded off of a radio station that played it once, meaning that not only is it censored, but the station’s DJ is talking throughout it.

Ready to Die OG Edition: 8

Ready to Die Standard Edition: 10

 

CONCLUSION

Both of these are stellar albums, but the regular Ready to Die takes the crown for its funkier beats and better mixing. But don’t discount the OG Edition, which contains a good 8 alternative mixes or unreleased songs that I will be spinning quite a bit in the months to come.

Cop ’em both, but if you must pick, I’d go with the original. You probably won’t be as fascinated by the OG edition unless you are already a Biggie fan.

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16 Responses to “Ready to Die (OG Edition) vs. Ready to Die (Standard Edition)”


  1. August 1, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Yo! I never knew anything about this. I will peep it tomorrow. Props on putting me onto this.

  2. 2 bigoneonline
    August 1, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    It’s nothin’, man.

  3. 3 jeff
    August 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Who shot ya is stellar!

    “fuck all that bickerin’ beef / I can hear sweat tricklin’ down ya cheek”

    also, you miscounted.

  4. 4 AO
    August 1, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I can’t find a decent download that works…all I see is the zshare and that shit doesn’t work on my computer for whatever reason…can u send me the O.G. version email?

  5. 5 bigoneonline
    August 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    AO:

    I would, but I’m on Yahoo and attachments can only be 10 MB, and the tape is like 70.

    Jeff:

    What’d I miscount?

  6. 6 BK
    August 5, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    what about the track Come On on the O.G. version?

  7. 7 Dblock
    August 6, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Stopped reading once I got to your comparison of One More Chance. The major difference is that the OG version samples El DeBarge’s “All This Love,” which they obviously couldn’t get cleared and played in reverse on the Standard Release. The OG version is miles better, and you just did an entire review without doing an ounce of homework. Lazy fuckin internet bloggers.

  8. 8 Jay
    August 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Why would rhyming ‘test me’ with ‘Pepsi’ impress anyone?
    You coul’dve picked much better bars to quote..let alone rhymes :\

  9. 9 bigoneonline
    August 27, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Jay:

    I wasn’t talking about how lyrically ill they were, I just found it amusing that he would pair the two up.

    It’s like

    “I’ll bust a cap in a bitch rapper’s asshole
    If that sucka try to fuck with my Snapple.”

  10. 10 hiphophistorian
    September 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I’ve never heard the og album but I can’t believe it’s anywhere close to the classic. If it aint bangin it aint worth my time.

  11. September 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    pete rock didn’t screw up juicy…he was the original maker of that shit, it was puffy who was at his basement when checking beats…he then heard this OG version of Juicy and “stole” it, using the same sample, better drums… =)

  12. 12 CP
    September 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    The “Pete Rock Version” of Juicy was before the album cut so for you to say he took it and made it shittier is asinine also considering its an ill track i actually appreciated all of your critique
    aside from that remark.

  13. 13 OldSkooRebel
    September 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I think your review is balanced and fair for the most part but I did have a few problems about it. On some songs you said that the quality is “shitier,” but some of us (such as myself) prefer the old style record crackle on an old style album. Another problem I have is how you immediately discard the two remixes on the mix-tape because they are different. Personally if I were releasing a mix-tape like this I just wouldn’t see it fit releasing such classic tracks like “Machine Gun Funk”, or “Juicy” in their original forms because if your anything like many you probably have blasted those two songs to death, and you would want to hear something different. Well whatever the case you did a good job.

  14. 14 Lakim
    September 26, 2010 at 12:44 am

    you foolish guy pete rock dropped the true original of JUICY waaaaaaay before diddy got his hands on it. biggie watched pete make the beat. as for killing your buzz……i didnt know pete rock could do that

  15. 15 profitingprophet
    January 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Most of these comments are drivel, I’d like to see you give an in-depth, information filled analysis of two slightly different versions of the same album, as well as draw a valid conclusion. You cracked me up with this, bigoneonline. Nice job. I always wondered what the fuck was up with the censored parts.

  16. 16 big
    August 2, 2012 at 6:43 am

    pete rocks version of juicy is way better. he actually uses the sample in creating a new song instead of just having biggie rap over the sample.


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