(May 30, 1974 to February 15, 1999)
Today VYB3 remembers one of the rudest flows that ever came out of Harlem, New York; the icon, pioneer, and emcee- the legendary, Lamont Coleman, a.k.a, Big L. Big L started his musical career back in ’95 through the release of his debut album, ‘Lifesylez ov da poor & dangerous‘.
Big L had one of the meanest flows in the underground hip-hop scene during ’95 to ’98; his lyrics were raw and uncensored. He could go from ‘Give up the dough, before you get smoked! Oh you broke? ( *shots* ) Now you’re dead broke‘ to ‘Yo where I’m from it ain’t cookies and cream, there’s a lot of peer pressure growing up as a young teen, you never know when you gonna get wet, cause mad clowns be catching’ wreck with a tec just to get a rep‘. He had the ability or- the versatility, for use of a better term, to offer his listeners two different messages. One of his life uncut narrated over a beat, the other as a warning to urban youth of the ugly consequences of life on the street.
What adds to Big L’s iconic skill was the tempo behind his lyricism. He could start off real slow and smooth and then collectively deliver complex syllables and metaphors in a quick pace; he was a master of compound rhyming. This skill set was part of who he was in and outside the booth, he could drop fresh metaphors and lines off the top of his head the minute anyone handed him the mic.
On this day of February 15, 1999 Big L was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in his hometown of Harelm, NY. Rest in peace . . . .