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.

In 1999, Big L was shot nine times in Harlem by a man with a grudge against his brother. His death simultaneously stunted his career and canonized him in rap lore. This list explores his career in reverse chronological order, from 2000 The Big Picture back to 1995's Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous