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The Source Remembers Big L on His 45th Birthday

The Source Remembers Big L on his 45th Birthday

The Source sends a birthday salute to a legend in the game whose life was cut short. Born on this day in 1974, Lamont Coleman aka “Big L” was born in Harlem and became one of the biggest artists to represent Harlem World in Hip Hop. One of the members of the original Diggin’ In […]

5 Out Of Bounds NBA Name Drops In Rap Songs

There’s nothing that rappers like to compare themselves to more (other than maybe international drug lords) than NBA superstars. There are literally thousands of references to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James scattered throughout discographies from all over the country which won’t really make anyone stop and rewind the track, because in an art […]

5 Times Hip-Hop Artists Referenced Friday The 13th

Well it’s Friday the 13th once again and while it’s not as dark and spooky as Halloween night, it’s still a good excuse to invite someone over for “Netflix and Kill” and kick back with a movie marathon of one of the worlds most well-known horror franchises. Hip-hop and horror have had a somewhat patchy […]

Mobb Deep: 10 Hip-Hop Songs That Sampled ‘Shook Ones’

Words by Ime Ekpo You can not call yourself a hip-hop head if the Mobb hasn’t shaken you with the realness. Bombarded with a rigid lyrical approach and dense street mannered content, Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones (Part II)” became instrumental in the 1995 resurgence of hardcore rapping for the east coast, New York City, in […]

Royce da’ 5’9″ Believes That Big L “was better than Jay Z”

Royce da’ 5’9″ has spoken: he thinks that Big L is a better lyricist than Jay Z. Appearing on Scoop B Radio Overtime, Royce broke it down, stating that Big L was very underrated.  “Criminally underrated,” Royce da’ 5’9″ told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.  “I think Big L was better than Jay Z at that time, […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Big L Passes Away February 15, 1999

Lamont Coleman, better known as Big L, died eighteen years ago today. On February 15, 1999 the Hip Hop legend was murdered at 45 West 139th Street in Harlem after being shot nine times in the face and chest in a drive-by shooting. Gerard Woodley, one of Big L’s friends shot in the head near […]

D.I.T.C. Prepares For Return With New Video “Rock Shyt”

The 1990 New York hip hop collaborative Diggin’ in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.) was formed out of the love of the art and the need to combine forces by producers, DJs and emcees to garner more attention. Returning with new material for 2016 and a new video “Rock Shyt” the group is not done. Starting with […]

Suspect In Big L’s Murder Has Been Killed In Harlem

On February 15, 1999, the Hip Hop world lost one of it’s most talented MCs when Big L was shot and killed in Harlem. Since his death, the rapper as been revered as one of the most gifted MCs ever, who never got a chance to live out his full potential. At the time of […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Big L Was Shot And Killed 17 Years Ago

Crowned as one of the most prolific lyricists to ever get in the booth, Lamont Coleman, better known to the rap world as Big L of the legendary Diggin’ In The Crates crew, was shot and killed on the streets of Harlem in a drive-by shooting by unknown assailants. He was only 24 years old. […]

The Source Magazine Remembers Big L: Happy Born Day To A Legend

The Source sends a birthday salute to a legend in the game who’s life was cut short Born on this day in 1974, Lamont Coleman aka “Big L” was born in Harlem and became one of the biggest artists to represent Harlem World in Hip Hop. One of the members of the original Diggin’ In […]