Rest in Peace: 50 of XXL‘s Favorite Big L Lyrics [Features]

“Big” is usually a word that describes extravagance, something tremendous, monumental, ambitious, influential, or great. These descriptions are only a mere depiction of the eternal void that’s scarred hip-hop in the tragic deaths of some of its most promising lyrical heavyweights. Among this void, was that of a skinny Harlemite equipped with a lyrical tenacity like no other and a charisma that deserved global attention. Unfortunately, that would be the last thing said of Big L.

On February 15th, 1999 Lamont Coleman, better known as, Big L was fatally gunned down in the neighborhood he’s represented since day one, Harlem. He was 24 years old. It goes without saying that L was gone too soon but his prevailing legacy remains pristine. He was a wordsmith that was able to present such vivid pictures through his uncanny story tales. A professor when it came to presenting lyrical wittiness. Most notably, a master when it came down to spitting a quick punchline or too. These punchlines were not to be taken lightly however. L offered some of the most robust punch lines yet, carving out a page in hip-hop’s book as some of the most memorable, if not iconic, lines yet.

Now, 12 years following his unwelcomed death, XXL makes a toast to the life of a man that’s been hailed by many as one of hip-hop’s most revered lyricist to ever touch a mic. Take a look at 50 of Big L’s memorable punch lines throughout his career.

Big L rest in peace! — Ralph Bristout

  • http://www.dynamicproducer.com dynamicproducer

    one of the most slept on ever

  • Chargers87

    They left the Best Big L lyrict for last!

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    To XXL staff:

    A list of 50 lyrics in one page is better than a 50 lyrics “one by one” for each page. It’s too much click HAHAHA, but well, Big L is one of the greatest mc!

  • P. Maese

    So Back up a Bit, Gimme Some Elbow Space, I Represent HARLEM WORLD Not Melrose Place!

  • Worley

    5 comments on a Big L memorial. It’s a damn shame.

    Big L Rest In Peace

  • caino

    Big L, Big L, Big L……………….

    One of the greats, RIP. One Love! Punchline King.

  • marvin says

    i get more pussy by accident,than niggaz get on purpose! off da graveyard shift my shit. c u in heaven big l,word!

  • http://biblepeace.blogspot.com/search/label/KoranPeace rip poems

    You can definitely see your expertise within the work you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  • Ezzo

    “I roll w/ a live crew..you might be kinda big but they make coffins ya’ size too” hilarious

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