Big L

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Big L
Big L and Rakim.png
Big L (left) with Rakim in 1994
Background information
Birth nameLamont Coleman
Also known as
  • Corleone
  • Mr. MVP
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
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1990–present
Labels
Associated actsChildren of the Corn, D.I.T.C., Gang Starr, Kool G Rap

Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 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."[1] Coleman was also called "the most underrated lyricist ever" by HipHopDX.[2]

Death[change | change source]

On February 15, 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. 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".[3] Woodley was later released and the murder is still unsolved.[4] The origins of Queen lay in the hard rock psychedelic group Smile, which guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined in 1967. Following the departure of Smile's lead vocalist, Tim Staffell, in 1971, May and Taylor formed a group with FreddThe origins of Queen lay in the hard rock psychedelic group Smile, which guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined in 1967. Following the departure of Smile's lead vocalist, Tim Staffell, in 1971, May and Taylor formed a group with Freddie Mercury, the former lead singer for Wreckage.ie Mercury, the former lead singer for Wreckage.

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

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Collaboration albums[change | change source]

*Album was released posthumously.

References[change | change source]

  1. "50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)". About.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  2. "Remembering Lamont "Big L" Coleman". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-4-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Arrest Made in Big L Case". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-4-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "Top 10 Unsolved Hip-Hop Murders - Big L". Time. Retrieved 2015-4-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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