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

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Words by Ime Ekpo Visit for more information 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 […]

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

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Royce da’ 5’9″ has spoken: he thinks that Big L is a better lyricist than Jay Z. Visit for more information 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.  Advertisement “I think Big L was better […]

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. Visit […]

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

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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 Visit for more information 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 […]

Happy 44th Birthday To DITC Founder, Lord Finesse!

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Visit for more information Being an advocate for true school Hip Hop, there is no way I can let this day end without showing respect to the legendary Lord Finesse on his 44th birthday. The DITC founder was born on this day in 1970, right as a wave of a culture representing new music […]

The Source Presents: Top 50 Lyricists (Preview 2)

Visit for more information The power of the word has always been golden in Hip-hop. Now in a age where lyricism is taking a back seat to celebrity, The Source bring you the Top 50 lyricists of all time in an effort to put some focus back on the art form.  Make no mistake. […]

A$AP Rocky To Play JFK In New Lana Del Rey Video

Visit for more information While in Berlin, A$AP Rocky decided to shed a little bit of light on an upcoming new video. It’s not exactly his next video but he is starring in Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” visual. During an interview he explains he plays the role of former President John F. Kennedy […]

Acapulco Gold x Lafayette 9th Anniversary T-Shirt

Visit for more information   Lafayette partnered up with Acapulco Gold to produce a collaboration T-Shirt in honor of Lafayette’s 9th anniversary. The Big Lafayette T-Shirt pays homage to the legendary  Big L, by sampling the album cover of his last album. Two versions are available in black and white and is now available […]

Happy Birthday Big L

Visit for more information   Today we remember Harlem’s very own Big L. L, having founded the Children of the Corn and a member of Diggin’ in the Crates Crew. As a solo artist his work with Kid Capri, Craig Boogie, Buckwild, Showbiz, and Lord Finesse showed much promise. His first release Lifestylez ov […]

Video: Ghostwridah – 1995 (Freestyle)

Visit for more information   Advertisement Miami emcee Ghostwridah revisits the classic 1995 Session from Harlem’s great Big L. Wridah never seems to disappoint with his 90’s rhyme scheme and grade A bars this lyricist should definitely be on your ipod or immediate playlist. Look out for his Downtown Lights LP due for release may 22 via […]

Harlem On The Rise: An Uptown Perspective

Visit for more information Harlem World has always been a home base for some of hip-hops biggest Emcees. From pioneers like Doug E Fresh and Kool Moe Dee to radio staples like Ma$e and Dipset. This year promises to have some big debuts and even bigger comebacks from some of Harlem’s finest, so before […]

Video: A-Mafia feat. Herb McGruff – Who Can I Run To

Visit for more information Harlem’s A-Mafia drops a new video with Harlem rap legend and Children Of The Corn alumni Herb McGruff called Who Can I Run To. The hook was done by Murdah Baby. Advertisement A-Mafia  Herb McGruff Murdah Baby

The Talks to A-Mafia

Visit for more information A Mafia is making a name for himself as he puts out what seems like non-stop music. You can add “The Digital Hustler” to the growing list of up and coming MCs out of New York that is making waves in hip hop. Since coming home from prison, his work […]

Mister Cee’s Big L Tribute On Hot 97

Visit for more information Mister Cee, as he always does, just ripped apart an awesome tribute to the late Big L on Hot 97. Nothing more needs to be said, if you have never been familiar with the Harlem legend, get familiar.   Advertisement Download: Mister Cee’s Hot 97 Tribute For Big L 

Big L’s Hip-Hop Quotable March 1995

Visit for more information To close out the 12th anniversary of one of the best to rock a mic, The Source digs into the ‘Hip Hop Quotable’ archives. Check out Big L’s quotable for “Da Graveyard” off his Lifestyles Of Da Poor & Dangerous project.  R.I.P. Big L  – Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)   Advertisement