Lamont "Big L" Coleman was born in 1974 in Harlem, New York and from a very young age he always had musical abilities. As a big fan of his music, Big L eventually ran into Lord Finesse in 1991 at a record store autographing event. Big L told him he wanted to spit a freestyle for him because he felt he was a pretty dope rapper and after he was done Lord Finesse was so impressed with Big L that he would eventually invite L to be his opening act for his shows. After about two years of doing some dope tracks with Lord Finesse and his crew, Big L would push his demo to Colombia in 1993 when he would finally get his first record deal.
Big L's dazzling punchlines and unparalleled flow on the mic would birth him hot singles such as the ,"Devil's Son" after the release of his debut album named, "Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous" in 1995. Unfortunately, Colombia would not grow comfortable with Big L's hardcore style of rap and dropped him from the label shortly after the release of his first album. From there he would join up with Damon Dash (who was running with Roc-A-Fella Records) and start his own label called Flamboyant Entertainment. Big L unfortunately stayed true to his hardcore style in his music and would be murdered on February 5th, 1999 in the streets of Harlem before he could ever see the release of his sophomore album "The Big Picture".
Many would argue Big L was way before his time with his superb gift for story telling, killer punchlines and the authentic energy he put into all of his music. Big L is still considered one of the best rappers that ever lived even though his career did not even span a full decade.
Peep the videos below to hear how he came up and to bless your ears with some of the dopest verses you may ever hear on a rap song by Big L!
Big L Rest In Peace.