Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die (1994)
Debatable as the best rap album of all time, Ready To Die
opened with a poignant description of B.I.G.'s birth and ended with “Suicidal Thoughts." In between his birth and death, the Junior M.A.F.I.A capo detailed the valleys and peaks of pushing product but also gave us radio singles (“Juicy," “One More Chance"). Ready To Die
set the standard for storytelling and lyricism while Diddy found his pop-rap calling.