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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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  • serejanya

    So put it on big l, put it on C’mon put it onnn, and onnn, and onnn C’mon put it on big l, put it on C’mon put it on represent put it on, c’mon!

    23 Jan 12:59pm Reply
  • Snaep

    there are too many mc's that are overrated

    23 Jan 10:58am Reply
  • dengib

    Король! А вы дальше фапайте на жертву инцеста из Детройта.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Snaep

    and a special shout-out to all the niggas with AIDS, peace

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Mixtape91

    best rapper ever

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Snaep

    Me being a virgin, that's idiotic Cause if Big L got the AIDS every cutie in the city got it

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ChubbysChicken

    i beat chumps till they head splits then break em like breadsticks. i sex chicks, i'll even fuck a dead bitch.

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • chuplag

    Ayo Showbiz I had this bugged out dream last night, that I was the Devil's son, B I was doing some ill shit

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • adamofgenesis

    I wasn't poor, I was poo, couldn't afford the r

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • LilaWalross

    im cool but every now and then i get the urge to kill

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • Caltra

    Hopsin? Get the fuck out.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • ninetythreeTIL

    lmao gtfo loser

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • DELI-UG

    fresh

    27 Apr 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • eatmangos

    the Illest

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • thenearestdoor

    some of the illest shit you'll ever hear

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • magicznybueno

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

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • StrokeHeart

    G.O.A.T.

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • weastcoast

    like Premo said: Big L Rest in Peace!

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • psychik_45

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

    2 Mar 2014 Reply
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