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Big L

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Big L
Birth nameLamont Coleman
Born(1974-05-30)May 30, 1974
Harlem, New York City, United States
OriginHarlem, New York City, United States
DiedFebruary 15, 1999(1999-02-15) (aged 24)
Harlem, New York City, United States
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record executive
  • record producer
Years active1992–1999

Lamont Coleman (30 May 1974 – 15 February 1999) was an American rapper better known by his stage name, Big L.

Henry Adaso from About.com ranked him #23 of the "Top 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)" and said the "[he was] one of the most auspicious storytellers in hip hop history." Coleman was also called "the most underrated lyricist ever" by HipHopDX.[1]

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On 15 February 1999, Big L was murdered at 45 West 139th Street after being shot nine times in the face and chest in a drive-by shooting at the age of 24. Gerard Woodley, his childhood friend, was arrested for the shooting.

A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department said that "It's a good possibility it was retaliation for something [Big L's] brother did, or [Woodley] believed he had done".[2] Woodley was later released and the murder is still unsolved.[3]

Discography[change | change source]

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Collaboration albums[change | change source]

*Album was released posthumously.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Remembering Lamont 'Big L' Coleman". HipHopDX. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  2. "Arrest Made in Big L Case". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. "Top 10 Unsolved Hip-Hop Murders - Big L". Retrieved 24 April 2015.

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