The question of who deserves the credit for the brilliance of ‘Ready to Die’ is an interesting one. Diddy, Chucky Thompson, The Hitmen, Lord Finesse and DJ Premier all deserve a mention, but if anybody is going to be credited with major significance aside from Biggie, it has to be producer Easy Mo Bee.
Mo Bee only produced 6 out of the 15 full tracks on the album, but most of the opening tunes on the album are his, and these set the tone for Biggie’s greatness. From ‘Gimme The Loot’, through ‘Machine Gun Funk’ and ‘Warning’, to ‘Ready To Die’ Biggie unleashes his lyrical brilliance and gift for storytelling that made the world fall in love with him.
Mo Bee’s bluesy, understated funk beats, laced with heavy bass and jazz touches, truly make the rest of the album possible. They have you believing everything Biggie says and does, and establish a level of perfection which is never dropped throughout. Let’s face it - If there is a greater rap song than ‘Warning’ we are yet to hear it.