Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous by Big L on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Quite possibly the best MC to ever come out of Harlem, Big L was on the cusp of superstardom when he was shot dead in early 1999. A master of killer punchlines, wild bravado, and colorful crime stories, he was put on by Lord Finesse, who brought him into D.I.T.C. and provided many of the beats on this exceptional debut. Lifestylez is a great mix of humor, sh*t-talk, and felonious flows, with crucial selections like the single "MVP," anti-gold digger manifesto "No Endz, No Skinz" (sample lyric: "they wanna know why I'm so fly/a girl asked me for a ring so I put one around her whole eye"), and the cautionary tale of "Street Struck." Also clutch are two thunderous posse cuts, "8 Iz Enuff" and "Da Graveyard," the latter of which features Granddaddy I.U. and a young Jay-Z. Undeniably hardcore but also occasionally hilarious, L's rhymes continue to amaze years after his untimely passing. The only album released during his lifetime, this is absolutely essential listening.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Quite possibly the best MC to ever come out of Harlem, Big L was on the cusp of superstardom when he was shot dead in early 1999. A master of killer punchlines, wild bravado, and colorful crime stories, he was put on by Lord Finesse, who brought him into D.I.T.C. and provided many of the beats on this exceptional debut. Lifestylez is a great mix of humor, sh*t-talk, and felonious flows, with crucial selections like the single "MVP," anti-gold digger manifesto "No Endz, No Skinz" (sample lyric: "they wanna know why I'm so fly/a girl asked me for a ring so I put one around her whole eye"), and the cautionary tale of "Street Struck." Also clutch are two thunderous posse cuts, "8 Iz Enuff" and "Da Graveyard," the latter of which features Granddaddy I.U. and a young Jay-Z. Undeniably hardcore but also occasionally hilarious, L's rhymes continue to amaze years after his untimely passing. The only album released during his lifetime, this is absolutely essential listening.

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About Big L

A member of Fat Joe's DITC crew, rapper Big L was born Lamont Coleman on May 30, 1974. He made his solo debut with 1995's Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, scoring a series of underground hits including "No Endz, No Skinz," "Street Struck" and "Da Graveyard"; Big L's best-known effort, the single "Ebonics," followed on his own Flamboyant label in the summer of 1998. Around the same time, he joined the Bronx-based hip-hop supergroup DITC (Diggin' in the Crates), appearing on their single, "Dignified Soldiers." On the evening of February 15, 1999, Big L was shot and killed just blocks away from his Harlem home; he was just 24 at the time of his death. Both the DITC album Worldwide and the second Big L solo effort, The Big Picture, followed in 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • BORN
    May 30, 1974

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