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Big L - 'The Big Picture 1974-1999 (Re-Issue)' [CD]

Big L

The Big Picture 1974-1999 (Re-Issue)



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Raised in the Uptown sector dubbed the "Danger Zone" - 139th St. And Lenox Avenue - the young Lamont Coleman was referred to throughout his neighborhood as "Little" Lamont. Discovering that he himself possessed an affinity for rap's gift of gab, Coleman began to formulate a rhyme scheme. He decided that it was time to ditch the "Little", lose the Lamont, and re-introduce himself to the rap world under a moniker that reflected the extra-large talent brewing within his slight frame - Big L. Despite such early innovations, Big L's finest work still laid ahead of him. Appearances on two excellent indie singles with his D.I.T.C. cohorts, "Day One" and "The Enemy" set the stage. However, "Ebonics" a brilliant breakdown of street slang recited in an inimitable Big L style, was his crowning achievement. A late year release notwithstanding, the track quickly became the independent single of 1998. Independently released on L's own Flamboyant imprint through Fat Beats and available only on vinyl, the single gained critical acclaim and was picked as one of the top 5 "independent records of the year" by The Source magazine. "Ebonics" dissected the "criminal slang" of New York's underworld with unprecedented precision and clarity, and proved that he could bring the hardest of the hardcore together with a radio sensibility that made him unparalleled in the music business. Now 17 years later comes the reissue of Big L's posthumous sophomore release, The Big Picture, originally on Rawkus Records. The album features production by: DJ Premier, Roc Raida, Lord Finesse, Buckwild, Show, Ghetto Professionals, Pete Rock and more. It also features guest performances by: 2Pac, Sadat X, Guru, Kool G Rap, Fat Joe and other members of the D.I.T.C. crew.
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