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Harlem, New York NY, United States (1995 – 1999)

Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 in Harlem, New York – February 15, 1999), also known by his stage name Big L, was an American rapper who made significant contributions to the New York City music scene in the 1990s as a member of the hip hop collective D.I.T.C. In February 1999, Big L was shot and killed before releasing his second album. Members of the hip hop community consider him to be one of the most skilled MC’s of all-time.

Big L’s debut solo album, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, was released in March 1995. The album featured guest appearances from a number of artists, notably Kid Capri, Lord Finesse, and at the time, an unknown Cam’ron, and Jay-Z. Two singles, “M.V.P” and “Put It On”, were released from the album, both of which reached the top twenty-five of Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks. The album itself also reached the Billboard 200. From 1997 to 1999, Big L worked on his second album The Big Picture. The album featured cameos from Fat Joe, Kool G Rap, Tupac Shakur, and Big Daddy Kane among others. Jay-Z has said that Big L was set to sign with his Roc-A-Fella label, but died the week before. The Big Picture would be his last recorded album, released posthumously in August 2000. It was put together by his manager and partner in Flamboyant Entertainment, Rich King. It contains songs that L had recorded and a cappella recordings that were never used, completed by producers and guest MCs that Big L respected or had worked with previously. The album was certified gold a month later.

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  • Reichyjr

    "lifestylez" more than likely was just warm up for L, a warm up for a long illustrious career. this is one of the greatest examples of dramatic irony within my lifetime. rest in peace big fella, can't wait to see you perform in heaven...

    11 hours ago Reply
  • jdotperiod

    'Lifestylez' is just slightly below Illmatic in terms of quality. Sony really dropped the ball w/ the promo. Definitely one of the best rap albums of the '90s as well as one of the best debuts of any genre.

    17 Apr 2:32am Reply
  • eatmangos

    the Illest

    14 Apr 12:46am Reply
  • thenearestdoor

    some of the illest shit you'll ever hear

    5 Apr 5:49pm Reply
  • magicznybueno

    Happy 19th Anniversary 'Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous' yo!

    28 Mar 8:24pm Reply
  • StrokeHeart

    G.O.A.T.

    12 Mar 8:59pm Reply
  • weastcoast

    like Premo said: Big L Rest in Peace!

    4 Mar 8:30pm Reply
  • psychik_45

    THE GREATEST MC EVER IN A HIP HOP HISTORY!!!!!!!R.I.P. Lamont Coleman

    2 Mar 11:31am Reply
  • doomzmaster

    R.i.p. Big L

    15 Feb 11:42pm Reply
  • pakllena

    RIP to The Greatest MC to ever touch a MIC!

    15 Feb 9:22pm Reply
  • pakllena

    I got styles you can't copy bitch, it's the triple six in the mix, straight from H-E-double-hockey sticks

    15 Feb 9:20pm Reply
  • pakllena

    I'm undefeated that's the stone truth cuz battlin me is like fightin a gorilla in a phone booth!

    15 Feb 9:20pm Reply
  • pakllena

    I'm puttin rappers in the wheelchair, Big L's the villain u still fear cuz I be hangin in Harlem this shit is for real here // How come, you can listen to my first album and tell where a lot of niggaz got they whole style from // If you battle L you picked the wrong head I smash mics like cornbread, you can't kill me I was born dead

    15 Feb 9:19pm Reply
  • pakllena

    ...And cats is still thirst to hear Big L drop an ill verse, so all you unsigned cats that want to battle get a deal first

    15 Feb 9:17pm Reply
  • magicznybueno

    No real fans? RIP Mr Coleman!

    15 Feb 8:41pm Reply
  • promil12

    What's this motherfucking rap game without L? [*]

    15 Feb 12:43pm Reply
  • pakllena

    The one and only... Hip Hop's Finest! Living legend of rap quotes! GOAT! Punchline king! Most valuable poet on the MIC! Rhyme in Peace Big L! <3 Everybody put your L's up!

    15 Feb 11:08am Reply
  • Cvyeeen

    the best ever! never die BIG L rhymes legendary.

    29 Jan 3:58pm Reply
  • lifesanocean

    unquestionably one of the dozen or so god-level emcees.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    L's best work shows the least scope.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
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