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Big L – MVP (Smooth Summer Mix)

I’ve been updating this blog regularly for the past 2+ years and I haven’t really posted much about Big L. In short, Big L is one of the artists who really piqued my interest in hip-hop.

I remember the first day I heard Big L.

It was April 2006, my sophomore year of high school, I had just come home from school and plopped down on the couch to watch a show called Rap City. Remember it? Anyways, Busta Rhymes was a guest host on there and they were playing old school videos that day. The “MVP (Smooth Summer Mix)” video came on and once I heard the “…and every time I’m in a jam I always find a loophole/I got a crime record longer than Manute Bol” line I was hooked.

I had to find out more about him, so I downloaded “Clinic (Shoulda Worn A Rubba),” the 7 Minute Freestyle with Jay-Z, and “Ebonics.” I found a message board called BigLOnline, which introduced me to a lot of his unreleased music and more info about his life. At that time I was putting everybody I knew onto Big L’s music. I didn’t buy his studio albums,  Lifestylez ov Da Poor and Dangerous and The Big Picture, until about a year later, but some of his best work is actually not on those albums.

It’s been 13 years since Lamont Coleman was murdered in Harlem, but the effortless flow and clever punchlines still resonate with fans worldwide.

[Check out Big L Rarities for rare Big L material]


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