#6. The Notorious B.I.G., Ready To Die (1994)
Label: Bad Boy
Game: “I was in the tenth grade and they used to play music at lunch on these big old speakers. So we came out one lunch and all I heard was ‘Juicy’ playing. I was like, ‘Who the fuck is this?’ Somebody told me, ‘It’s this guy from New York. His name’s Biggie.’
“I was like, ‘Biggie? Who the fuck is Biggie? He better be big.’ All of a sudden everybody started fucking with that song and I would hear it every single day in cars driving by. I was like, ‘Why is everybody playing this New York shit?’
“I thought Nas was the shit and it wasn’t like today. There was only a handful of rappers. Everybody couldn’t be a rapper, so if a rapper came out it was like, ‘Damn, he’s about to be a star.’ So everybody was fucking with Biggie when that album came out and it lived up to expectations.
“When I was recuperating from gunshot wounds and couldn’t walk, I couldn’t do shit but stay in the room. All I did was listen to classic albums. I had no choice. I had to listen and listen in depth.”