Big fucking L… I missed Dilla’s memorial day by a day but I’m not gonna miss this one. Seeing how L’s official memorial day is Sunday and I don’t do shit for this blog on the weekends, I had to get ahead on this one and do it up proper. Quick bio via Wikipedia:
“Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), also known by his stage name Big L, was an American rapper.
While still in high school, he caught the attention of Finesse, Joe “Diamond D” Kirkland and Rodney “Showbiz” Lemay, the founders of the D.I.T.C. clique. L’s first professional appearance came on the B-side of “Party Over Here” by Lord Finesse in 1992, the song was the remix of “Yes, You May”. Soon after this Big L made apperances on the classic debut albums from Diamond D and Showbiz & A.G. which were both released in 1992. Soon L officially became a part of the DITC crew which featured numerous New York producers, deejays, and emcees on the mic.
The Big Picture would be his last recorded album, released posthumously on August 2, 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.
Big L was shot and killed in Harlem on the night of February 15, 1999.”
One of the best that ever did it…proof after the jump: