Mastering is one of the most important links in the chain of music production. Yet, it is probably the least understood. And it is rapidly becoming the most abused. You can be assured that no music is released by a major label or competitive indie label that has not been mastered. following telltale signs can help :
1. The MUSIC is low in volume compared to others. Or, noisy and distant sounding.
2. The songs are uneven in volume. Some are too loud, some too soft.
3. The songs do not have a consistent sound. Some have more bass than others, too high etc.
4. The album doesn't seem to flow properly.
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I was destined to come / Predicted, blame God, he blew breath in my lungs – NAS
With the aid of Puff Daddy, Biggie helped concoct the formula for 90's rap albums by including club singles like "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance," on a street LP like Ready To Die. The shock-inducing, highly dramatic debut was successful due to Biggie's crisp, meticulously-structured flow and distinct delivery. Serious tales about the harsh realities of street life, suicidal thoughts, and nightmarish death threats, many of which B.I.G. claimed were drawn from real experiences, help make Ready To Die a mainstay of east coast rap. Eight million people would later agree. (Although Ready To Die has enjoyed a tremendous amount of sales since Biggie's demise on March 9, 1997, the album suffered a setback on March 19, 2006. Following a copyrights infringement lawsuit, a judge has ordered that sales on the album be halted, because the title track for Ready To Die sampled Ohio Players' "Singing in The Morning" without permission.)