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EDITORS’ NOTES

New York rhyme-slinger Big L didn’t live to see the release of The Big Picture, but the posthumous album captures him at his smooth-spitting best. The quick scratches and uptown cool of boom-bap classics like “Fall Back” and “Flamboyant” find the Harlem-born rapper’s fluid flow in full effect. Elsewhere, the fat, pulsing bassline and playful steel drums of 2Pac collaboration “Deadly Combination” fuse East and West Coast sounds in a funky hybrid that crystallizes both regions’ ‘90s enterprise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York rhyme-slinger Big L didn’t live to see the release of The Big Picture, but the posthumous album captures him at his smooth-spitting best. The quick scratches and uptown cool of boom-bap classics like “Fall Back” and “Flamboyant” find the Harlem-born rapper’s fluid flow in full effect. Elsewhere, the fat, pulsing bassline and playful steel drums of 2Pac collaboration “Deadly Combination” fuse East and West Coast sounds in a funky hybrid that crystallizes both regions’ ‘90s enterprise.

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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

HOMETOWN
New York, NY [Harlem]
BORN
May 30, 1974

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