Fuck it, let’s keep this Hardball theme going.
This is one of my favorite songs of all time; probably because I thought it was badass to like hip-hop, good hip-hop at that, and be a white suburban kid. Oh, how the times have changed.

Biggie made a timeless classic here. Ready to Die was his debut album, and if I’m not mistake, this was the hit single, becoming a top 10 Billboard hit. Rankings aside, this song is awesome; the beat was infectious and to this day, Biggie’s flow is unmatched.

I think the most commendable thing about this song as that it served as such a cross-over hit. Let’s face it, in the mid 90s there weren’t a lot of white kids that were vibing to hip-hop, at least not as many as their are now. “Big Poppa” changed that; frat kids played this at their parties, hip-hop had made its way into the mind and ears of suburban white kids. That right there is an accomplishment in itself. So is the fact that Ready to Die went quadruple platinum but whatever, same difference.