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Born and raised in Harlem, Big L spent his early days in a crew called Children of the Corn, alongside fellow uptown residents Cam'Ron and Ma$e. He connected with Lord Finesse, who brought him into the D.I.T.C. collective, featured him on several records, and produced much of his 1995 debut album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous. Known for his hardcore but witty wordplay, extravagant depictions of street science, and razor-sharp, battle-tested punchlines, Big L was on a roll throughout the late ‘90s, lighting up the underground with a flurry of dope 12-inch singles and show-stealing cameos. In early '99, he was rumored to be signing with Roc-A-Fella (he and Jay-Z had been down for years), but before anything was official, he was shot and killed in the same neighborhood he repped so hard. This album was released the following year; a collection of singles, remixes and new tracks he had recorded before his death. It has some totally mandatory tracks, such as the dictionary rap masterpiece "Ebonics," the accurately titled "Flamboyant," and cinematic epic "The Heist."

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Why is it that with hip hop artists like Jim Jones and Mike Jones when there is a REAL Mc who can spit he dies? It doesn't make since to me. And since he is dead why doesn't he get the recognization he deserves? I don't see anyone shedding a tear on the anniversery of his death, or anyone who even knows when it is for that matter. All I can say is R.I.P and at least someone remembers who you were Big L.

never hittin' dirty Chicks, got 35 bodies buddy dont make it 36

Phonomenal, Best Rapper to EVER live. Insane lyrics, only people i see rivialing Big L is Canibus but that is about it. You know you are listening to Big L when every other line u laugh out loud becuase his rhymes are so sick. If you dont like Big L, then go back and listen to your Lil' Jon and get crunk on garbage.

True Lyricism

This is one album every aspiring MC as well as any true hip hop fan should own. Big L was every great MC rolled in one. Truely legendary album.


Born: May 30, 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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