For todays Throwback Thursday post, were giving respect to Lamont Coleman aka Big L, who’s birthday was today. Lamont was born on May 31, 1974, in Harlem, New York. In his youth, he learned to rhyme in the park near his house at 104th West 139th Street where he would spend hours trading rhymes with friends to pass the time. While still in high school, he caught the attention of Lord Finesse, Diamond D and Showbiz, the founders of the D.I.T.C. clique. A four song demo tape showcasing tracks such as the horror-core establisher “Devil’s Son” and the “Yes, You May” remix set him into the next level. His final album, The Big Picture was certified platinum in 2001. Jay-Z has said that Big L was set to sign with his Roc-A-Fella label, but died the week before. Acapellas with guest features from hip-hop heavyweights such as Fat Joe, Kool G Rap, Tupac Shakur, and Big Daddy Kane along with production by DJ Premier, have been released in memorial and praise after his passing.
Happy Birthday and Rest In Peace, May 30 1974 — Febuary, 15, 1999