Illmatic VS Ready to Die

May 26, 2015

“Either you’re slinging crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot” The Notorious BIG, “Everyday Struggle”             The story that Biggie tells in Ready to Die, at least in the first two acts of the album, is the American dream.

The Notorious BIG is Ready to Die

May 7, 2015

“That’s why you drink Tanqueray, so you can reminisce/ And wish you wasn’t living so devilish, shit” The Notorious BIG, “Everyday Struggle”           Now let’s compare Nas on lllmatic to the tone of another New York rapper’s debut album, the Notorious BIG’s Ready to

Nas is Illmatic

April 23, 2015

“Straight out the fucking dungeons of rap” Nas, New York State of Mind         New York City: 1994   Let’s visit the Queensbridge Houses. The “world’s most largest and most notorious projects,” Queensbridge is located on 21st Street in Long Island City, in