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

Big L
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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
OccupationsRapper
Years active1990–present
Labels
Associated actsChildren of the Corn, D.I.T.C., Gang Starr, Kool G Rap

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]

DeathEdit

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]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

Collaboration albumsEdit

*Album was released posthumously.

ReferencesEdit

  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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