The original New York Times review of 'Ready To Die' read:
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15 Things You Need To Know About Notorious B.I.G's 'Ready To Die'
5. The original New York Times review of 'Ready To Die' read:
"Though drug dealing carries tremendous heroic value with some young urban dwellers, he sacrifices the figure's romantic potential. His raps acknowledge both the excitement of drug dealing and the stress caused by the threat from other dealers, robbers, the police and parents, sometimes one's own. In presenting the downside of that life, Ready to Die offers perhaps the most balanced and honest portrait of the dealer's life of any in hip-hop".