Biggie’s ‘Ready to Die’ and Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick’s ‘La-Di-Da-Di’ added to National Recording Registry

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On Tuesday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden revealed the addition of 25 recordings to the National Recording Registry. This year’s selection celebrates hip-hop culture by including The Notorious B.I.G.’s culturally defining 1994 debut album. Ready to die and the iconic 1985 single “La-Di-Da-Di” by Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky Dee.

Ready to die and “La-Di-Da-Di” are joining the 2024 National Recording Registry Class, along with ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Blondie’s “Parallel Lines” and other recordings.

In a statement, Hayden lauded the 25 new titles for their importance in music history and described them as valuable recordings recognized by the American public.

“The Library of Congress is proud to preserve American history and the sounds of our diverse culture through the National Recording Registry,” Hayden said. “We have worked with our partners this year to select audio treasures worthy of preservation, including a wide range of music as well as comedy from the last 100 years. We were thrilled to receive a record number of public nominations and we welcome the public’s input on what we should preserve next.

One of the most frequently sampled hip-hop tracks, “La-Di-Da-Di”, not only increased hip-hop’s global appeal, but also provided a platform to showcase innovative aspects of the then-fledgling genre. Also worked as. The song was a pioneer in incorporating beatboxing, expertly performed by Doug E. Fresh, an MC and dancer known for his ability to use his mouth, lips, throat and tongue more than just through the song. goes. Imitating a drum machine flawlessly, Fresh used his voice as an instrument, while MC Ricky D, now known as Slick Rick, took the mic and demonstrated a revolutionary form of storytelling that brought the 1980s to life. The 1970s shook up the emcee’s stance.

The release of their version of the classic single “Lodi Dodi” on Snoop Dogg’s 1993 debut album, Doggystyle, helped change the reluctance that rappers of the 80s and 90s had about covering other rappers’ songs. According to the Library of Congress, “La-Di-Da-Di” is referenced in more than 1,000 songs and recordings.

Ready to die Home to some of Biggie Smalls’s most famous singles, including “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” “One More Chance,” “Gimme the Booty,” and “Respect.” These tracks played a significant role in defining the New York hip-hop sound of the mid-90s.

This legendary album features an unrepeatable lineup of boom-bap producers like the late Mister Cee, DJ Premier, Eazy Mo B, Lord Finesse, Chucky Thompson and others. Smalls’ performance continues Ready to die It contains heavy funk bound bars that reflect the hardships and glamorous elements of gritty street life and serves as a reflection of hip-hop’s enduring power.

Often hailed as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, Ready to die Has received many accolades. It sold 57,000 units in its first week and was certified gold by the RIAA just two months after its release. The album’s singles inspired Biggie to many Board Charts, which include the Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and Hot Rap Singles. In 1995, Biggie made a significant impact at the 1995 Source Awards by winning four awards that night, including Album of the Year. Ready to die Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Big Poppa” in 1996.

Ready to die and “La-Di-Da-Di” is one of 16 rap/hip-hop recordings in the National Recording Registry. They share this honor with iconic recordings such as Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message,” Wu-Tang Clan’s “The Message,” and “The Song” by Wu-Tang Clan. Enter the Wu-Tang (Room 36)snuff’ ilmaticTupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama” and other timeless hip-hop releases.

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