Today would have been the birthday of a Harlem legend. Lamont Coleman aka Big L was born on May 30th, 1974. He would have been 37 today. Happy birthday Big L! Definitely one of the best that ever did it!
To celebrate Big L's birthday, yes, there will be a new Big L album being released today. It's called The Danger Zone. Looks like the album will be remastered tracks from mixtapes that have been circulated for quite some time already or old verses with new instrumentals perhaps?
I remember the first time I heard Big L. It was from the Lyricist Lounge 2 compilation album that I heard back in 2002 or 2003. It was on the track Still Here that I first heard L. I was listening to the lyrics and it went like...
You know nuttin about L, so don't doubt L
What's this motherfuckin rap game without L?
Yo, that's like jewels without ice
That's like china without rice
or the Holy Bible without Christ
or the Bulls without Mike
or crackheads without pipes
The Village without dykes
or hockey games without fights
Don't touch the mic if you unable to spit
Flamboyant is the label I'm with, motherfucker
After hearing that verse I was like whoa, who is this guy? Whoever he is, he is spittin some really cocky shit and his flow! His rhyme flow was bananas!!!!! Then I wanted to hear more from this guy. Found out his name was Big L, got all his albums and mixtapes and he has been my favorite rapper ever since.
Rest in peace, Big L.