Big L - The Big Picture Album Cover

“Get em up! You know what time it is! Get em up like this, if your a true underground head you know what it means right here baby! This ain’t Mutha F***ing LL Cool J get it up! This don’t mean lazy Mutha F***er either get it up. Every body keep their L up like that. Big L, Big L, Big L Big L rest in peace!” Probably the best intro on a hip hop album ever. The way it rolls from the start to the beat drop and to Big L spitting is timeless. Man, a day don’t  go by that I don’t  miss the all time best punchline king. Lyrically savage and gangster to boot. Shame we lost him so tragically but if you live by the gun etc! Funny enough I discovered Big L after he passed and on the release of ‘The Big Picture’, as at the time we didn’t have access to internet and streaming services like now so if you never got to buy an album or your friends shown it to you, chances are you wouldn’t hear it. And those days were the best! Going into a store to find fire albums. I would at least leave with 2, 3 sometimes 4.


Back to The Big Picture! This is my favourite Big L album and I believe he was getting better lyrically and as an artist. He started to show that he can tell great stories as well as Rhyme impeccably. It had production from DJ Premier, Ron Browz, Pete Rock, Showbiz, Lord Finesse plus more and features Rappers Tupac, BDK, Kool G Rap, Fat Joe, Guru, A.G. and Sadat X. I think this is one of the most underrated albums of all time by the industry and critics. Obviously us real hip hop fans love it and rightly so. Opening track ‘Ebonics’ is crazy good. The lyrical skill in the way it’s done is unreal and it’s a certified classic. Size em up shows L get gangster and this is where he upped the anti on his raw gangster lyrics. ‘Deadly Combination’ is a great ODE to two of the greatest to ever do it and it’s as gangster as it gets. ’98 Freestyle’ is the best freestyle of all time and I’m sure we all agree. Part 2 is hard AF too. Now ‘The Heist’ has got to be the best story track, ever! This and ‘Casualties of a Dice Game’ are Big L painting pictures of hood crime stories that are like audio movies. ‘The Enemy’, ‘Fallback’ and ‘Platinum Plus’ are raw and gritty. Flamboyant baby. Rest In Peace to the late great Big L Aka Lamont Coleman.


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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!