Big L Effortlessly Broke Down Slang On "Ebonics"

Big L's "Ebonics" is this week's TBT.

BYAron A.

During the short amount of time Big L was on the planet, he proved to be one of the hardest MC's in hip hop. His ferocity in his delivery blended with his witty punchlines and effortless storytelling abilities put him in his own league. Big L only put out one album before his death, Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous but his manager released The Big Picture posthumously. Today, we bring out a track from the latter for this week's #TBT.

Big L's "Ebonics" was an immediate highlight off of The Big Picture. Big L pretty much gave everyone game on the code to the street with this track. He clearly broke down terms that are used in the streets at the time and brought them into his world in Harlem.

Quotable Lyrics
If you 730, that mean you crazy
"Hit me on the hip" means page me
Angel dust is sherm
If you got AIDS, you got the germ
If a chick gave you a disease, then you got burned

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.