“Suicidal Thoughts” by The Notorious B.I.G.

If you’re one of the people who subscribe to the idea of “Ready to Die” being a concept album, then “Suicidal Thoughts”, its final (non-bonus) song, would mark the story’s conclusion. And the setting of the lyrics is that it’s the middle of the night, and Notorious decides to call his friend and musical partner P. Diddy. The reason he is calling so late is because he is having “suicidal thoughts” and apparently needs someone to talk to. In other words, the vocalist is contemplating taking his own life. And to make a long story short, by the time all is said and done he does indeed pull the trigger. And basically his rationale for doing so is that he perceives himself as some type of evil individual.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for The Notorious B.I.G.'s Suicidal Thoughts at Lyrics.org.

Facts about “Suicidal Thoughts”

“Suicidal Thoughts” is from The Notorious B.I.G.’s first studio album, which is entitled “Ready to Die”. The labels who published/released the project are Arista Records and Bad Boy Entertainment. Said album came out in September 1994. It produced a ton of hits, including the likes of the following:

The Notorious B.I.G. wrote this song alongside its producer Lord Finesse, who is better known to old school audiences as a rapper himself.

Of course Biggie never displayed anything like actual suicidal tendencies during his brief, albeit well-documented career. In fact he ultimately went on to attribute his disposition in this song to being thoroughly high on weed during its lyrical composition. Owing to this, it is therefore accurate to say that these lyrics aren’t autobiographical.

There are officially two songs sampled in “Suicidal Thoughts”. They are Miles Davis’ 1974 instrumental track titled “Lonely Fire” and Brethren’s 1970’s track “Outside Love”.

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