Happy Birthday To The Great Big L
Today were giving respect to Lamont Coleman aka Big L, who’s birthday was today. Lamont was born on May 30, 1974, in Harlem, New York. In his youth, he learned to rhyme in the park near his house at 104th West 139th Street where he would spend hours trading rhymes.
There’s barely any debate as to Big L being an esteemed MC. When it comes to the combination of flow and punchlines, no one has topped Big L. He was coming up with the hardest, coldest lines ever in hip-hop. The list is packed: “I knocked out so many teeth the tooth fairy went bankrupt,” “Some say I’m ruthless, some say I’m grim / Once a brother broke into my house and I robbed him,” “I’m so ahead of my time my parents haven’t met yet” and “Filling n—-s with so much lead they can use they d— for a pencil.” Do note that this is a very truncated list.
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Big L’s lone album during his time here, is an underrated gem — The Big Picture was released posthumously. However, perhaps the entry point for Big L’s greatness lies in his famous 1995 Stretch & Bobbito Show freestyle, where he spit an utter blitzkrieg of bars. The freestyle is also known for featuring Jay Z, who’s only introduced as Big L’s “mans.” Before Hov because the King of New York, he was heard being clearly outmatched in this freestyle. You can hear him struggling to keep up.
Sadly, his murder — a drive-by shooting — at the age of 24 is still an unsolved case. Big L should’ve became the king of Harlem right after Mase left the game for the church. But it wasn’t meant to be. Cam’ron, an affiliate, ended up taking that throne. However, through Dipset’s run and even now, Big L is still known as one of the greatest to ever rep New York City.
To pay homage watch Big L’s “Put It On”
Taken from theboombox.com