Big L (US rapper)

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Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came on Lord Finesse's "Yes You May (Remix)". Coleman released his debut album, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, in 1995 and significantly contributed to the underground hip hop scene. In 1998, he founded Flamboyant Entertainment, his own indie label, through which he released one of his most popular singles, "Ebonics" (1998).

On February 15, 1999, Coleman was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in his native Harlem. His second studio album, The Big Picture, was put together by Coleman's manager, Rich King, and released posthumously the following year. It was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Three posthumous albums have been released, mainly consisting of unreleased songs which were put together by Rich King and his brother, Donald. Multiple tributes have been given to Coleman, including in The Source, MTV, and HipHop DX. A documentary is in the works titled Street Struck: The Big L Story (2016). called him the twenty-third best MC of all time, and multiple writers at Allmusic have given him high praise.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous Big L 1
2000 The Big Picture Big L 2
2011 The Danger Zone Big L 2
2012 L Corleone Big L 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Harlem’s Finest: A Freestyle History, Volume 1 Big L 1
2009 Harlem's Finest: A Freestyle History, Volume I & II Big L 1
2010 Return of the Devil’s Son Big L 1
Harlem's Finest: A Freestyle History, Volume 2 Big L 1
Harlems Greatest (Presented by C-Los) Big L 1
The Greatest Hits Big L 1
The Unseen Picture Big L 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 In Memory Of... Volume 2 Big L & J-Love 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 MVP Big L 1
1998 Ebonics / Size 'Em Up Big L 1
2000 Flamboyant / On the Mic Big L 1
2003 I Know the Name Big L 1
Devil's Son Big L 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Archives 1996–2000 Big L 1

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