#TBT: Big L
Like Notorious B.I.G., Big L was gunned down a few months before his 25th birthday and released his second and final album posthumously. Like Biggie, he was a paragon of '90s hip hop who was a riveting storyteller (shoutout "The Heist" and "Casualties of a Dice Game," which are not included in this list), a lyrical technician, and a cold-blood gangster.
Cam'ron Drops New Verse About Big L's Murder On Instagram
Cam'ron was a member of a highly regarded rap group called Children of the Corn in the '90s. Another member of the group was Big L, the legendary emcee who was gunned down in 1999. His suspected killer, Gerald Woodley, was killed earlier this year in Harlem, and Cam'ron showed up to his funeral. Late last night, Killa Cam shared a new verse on Instagram in which he addresses Big L and his murderer:
Go Digital Crate Digging For Classic Hip-Hop On New Website
Vinyl is a niche industry these days, as a lot of people don’t even have CD players in their computers anymore, let alone a record player. Whether or not you miss vinyl as an audio format, the rise of digital and streaming music has affected many other parts of music listening culture. One such experience that’s more or less died out is the practice of crate digging, but new website “Digging Into Hip-Hop” aims to bring that experience back.
Albums From The Other Side: Top 5 Posthumous Rap Projects
Whether we like it or not, our minds begin becoming more and more susceptible to believing in the supernatural whenever Halloween comes near. While prevailing theories regarding the afterlife of some of our favorite emcees still burn year-round, the flame burns with even more heat the closer Hallow’s eve approaches on our calendar.
7 Hip-Hop Biopics We Want to See
With a box office record to its name thanks to millions and millions earned, "Straight Out of Compton" -- the NWA biopic -- has set Hollywood on fire. It comes as no surprise that the film industry is now looking in to the history of hip-hop to tell more stories on the silver screen.
15 Deaths That Shook Up The Rap Game
Unfortunately, a fair amount of talented hip-hop artists have passed away over the years. There's no easy way around it, but fame and fortune sometimes take the ultimate toll on an individual. We've seen it happen all too often over the years, and just today, we found out about the passing of an underground MC Pumpkinhead.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Big L's "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous"
Big L is legendary for a few reasons. His punchlines, his freestyles, and his legendary album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous are the basis to his influence.
Big L's Best Punchlines
"The crown is still mine cause I drop ill rhymes." Big L, Rest In Peace. On February 15, 1999, one of the game's illest and most acclaimed lyricists, Lamont "Big L" Coleman, was gunned down in Harlem, the city he repped his entire life. He was only 24 years old. There is no doubt the Flamboyant Entertainment CEO was destined for great things, including a possible deal with Roc-A-Fella Records, led, at the time, by Dame Dash.
Classic Rotation: Big L's "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous"
Big L was a New York ‘representer’ straight from the danger zone of Harlem, and in the words of my father, who hung out with the young Lamont Coleman in the 90’s: “Big L was a charismatic and cool cat back then. A humble hustler who had bars.” Prior to the classic Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous, Big L made a name for himself as a problem in the battle sector of Hip Hop going against well-known artists such as Jay Z.
15 Of Big L's Best Lines
Last Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of hip hop legend Big L’s untimely death. The Harlem rapper helped propel the strong New York hip hop movement in the nineties, and collaborated with dozens of artists including a young Jay-Z, Tupac, Fat Joe.