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Big Picture
     

The Big Picture

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by Big L
 
The posthumous album from Diggin' in the Crates crew member Lamont "Big L" Coleman is a testament to the underrated MC's short-lived legacy. With production by DJ Premier and Pete Rock, and guest shots from an impressive lineup including Guru, Kool G Rap, and

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The posthumous album from Diggin' in the Crates crew member Lamont "Big L" Coleman is a testament to the underrated MC's short-lived legacy. With production by DJ Premier and Pete Rock, and guest shots from an impressive lineup including Guru, Kool G Rap, and Big Daddy Kane, it's obvious that L got props from the hip-hop community -- so much so that his untimely death in 1999 inspired Gang Starr's "Full Clip" single. In that song, Guru rhymes that Big L was "one of the best [MCs] yet," and on The Big Picture, L proves his mic skills worthy of such praise. In his classic single "Ebonics" (which also appears on D.I.T.C.), L decodes the hip-hop generation's slang vernacular, while on "The Heist" he tells the tale of a harrowing night of shootin' and lootin' . But perhaps the best testimony to Big L's potential is "98 Freestyle," on which the Harlem rapper's humorous boasts ("You runnin' with boys/I'm runnin' with men/I'ma be rippin' mics til I'm one-hundred and ten") are too clever to keep the track's producer, Lord Finesse, from laughing out loud. The disc's most memorable moment, however, is the haunting "Deadly Combination," on which Big L trades prophetic quips such as "Tell me if you feel me, I think niggas is trying to kill me" with 2Pac. Ironically, that song foreshadows the ill fate of both rappers and ultimately serves as a sad reminder of the many talented, young black men who have been tragically cut down in their prime. Get the picture? Ryan Crosby

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Rawkus / Umgd
UPC:
0008811289621
catalogNumber:
112896

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big L   Primary Artist
Big Daddy Kane   Track Performer
Kool G Rap   Track Performer
Fat Joe   Track Performer
Sadat   Track Performer
Miss Jones   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mike Heron   Producer,Executive Producer
Shomari   Producer
Bob Brown   Engineer
DJ Premier   Producer,Executive Producer
Finesse   Producer,Executive Producer
Eric Lynch   Engineer
Big L   Executive Producer
Pete Rock   Producer
Max Vargas   Engineer
YSAE   Producer
Ron Browz   Producer
Rob Dinero   Engineer

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The Big Picture 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This joint is one of the hottest albums of the year. If your sick of hearing all the commercial garbage that is out there then give this a listen. One of the tightest MC's ever put on wax.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big L was one of the greatest lyricists that was never heard by the mainstream, and was tragically murdered before he had a chance to break the surface of the underground. But maybe it's better that the mainstream didn't get a hold of him, and therefore his lyrics stayed rawed-out, flamboyant(no pun intended) and to the point. Even though he's gone, his voice still rules the underground scene and songs like ''Casualties of a Dice Game'', ''Triboro'', ''Ebonics'', and ''The heist'' prove why. All hail the King of Harlem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for any hip hop fan. anyone who's heard it would agree, one of the best rap albums of all time. legendary.