There are a few albums that every true hip-hop connoisseur should have in their CD racks. Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Ice Cube's Death Certificate. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP. And the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die.
On Tuesday, Biggie's 1994 debut album was reborn. The LP's executive producer says he wanted to reissue the album — which now features two songs that were not included before, as well as a DVD — so it could provide a lesson of sorts.
"It was important for us to re-release this album before we released his next album — which is the duets album — 'cause we feel people can't know where they're going unless they know where they come from," P. Diddy said Tuesday at a New York photo shoot. "We sold over 12 million copies of Life After Death worldwide, but we've only sold like 3 million of Ready to Die. There's fans that don't even understand where it started from. We got an idea to re-release it to reintroduce the audience that bought his second album since his passing, so they can know the whole legacy. If you don't have Ready to Die, your portfolio on hip-hop ain't really on point."
Since acting in "A Raisin in the Sun" the last few months, P.D. says he's had plenty of offers to expand his portfolio as an actor. Since his run as Walter Lee Younger ended on Sunday, he has more time to consider offers, but he's holding off for now to turn his attention to politics. He wants to make sure that eligible voters, especially those in the urban community, get registered and vote in November.
"I would definitely do Broadway again," Diddy offered. "I'll come back as a producer or an actor. It was the hardest experience in my life, but it was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I just feel so blessed to be a part of it. I've had film offers before then, and I've gotten a lot more since then. Before I decide what else I'm doing, I'm focusing on November 2 [Election Day], when the revolution will be televised. Riling up all of us to take this thing seriously. We gonna show them, we gonna fight back. If you young and over the age of 18, make sure you get registered. We gonna fight back this year, show the world. Everybody vote. Vote or die, baby!"
Diddy also said that he doesn't have any plans to record his own tracks anytime soon, but has plenty of projects in the cooker as CEO of Bad Boy. Mase's Welcome Back will be released on August 24 and New Edition's One Love is tentatively set to come out on September 28.