Big L’s 14 Hardest Punchlines

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  • BigL3
    The pseudonym “big” has been tagged to many of hip-hop’s most promising and legendary wordsmiths. Often used to describe something monumental, impactful or high-powered, “big” couldn’t have been any more suitable for one Harlemite who kept <i>rapper’s hearts pumpin’ like Reeboks</i>, Lamont “Big L” Coleman. By far one of the game’s highly touted lyricists, L was destined for worldwide attention.  However, on February 15<sup>th</sup>, 1999 things would be cut short.<br /><br />At the mere age of 24, Big L was fatally gunned down in the city he repped since day one, Harlem. While his murder remains unsolved, the rapper’s legacy continues to loom larger each day. A master with the punchlines, a vivid storyteller and all in all one of the greatest lyricists to ever touch the mic, <i>XXL </i>takes a moment to reflect on the life of Big L. Now that it’s been 14 years since his unwelcomed passing, we line up 14 of his hardest verses ever.<br /><br />“<i>The crown is still mine cause I drop ill rhymes…</i>” R.I.P. L
  • BigL14
    “Let Em Have It L,” <em>Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous</em> (1995)
    “I knocked out so many teeth the tooth fairy went bankrupt”
  • BigL13
    "American Dream"
    “I invited company, murdered the four guests put a cap in each whore chest and ate they raw flesh”
  • BigL0
    “98 Freestyle (The Big Picture),” <em>The Big Picture</em> (2000)
    "Fu*king punk you ain't a leader, nobody followed you, you was never shit your mother should've swallowed you..."
  • BigL12
    "No Skinz, No Endz," <em>Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous</em> (1995)
    "They wanna know why I'm so fly, a girl asked me for a ring and I put one around her whole eye"
  • BigL11
    "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous," <em>Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous</em> (1995)
    “I told him, ‘Give up the dough, before you get smoked’/Oh you broke? [shot fired] now you're dead broke”
  • BigL9
    "Danger Zone," <em>Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous</em> (1995)
    “Some nigga named Dex was in the projects layin threats/ I jumped out the lincoln/ Left him stinkin/ Put his brains on the street/ Now you can see what he was just thinkin”
  • BigL2.5
    "All Black," <em>Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous</em> (1995)
    "I'm placin' snitches inside lakes and ditches, and if I catch AIDS I'ma start rapin' bitches”
  • BigL1
    Stretch &amp; Bobbito '95 Freestyle (Part 1)
    "I'm tellin you shit is about to get drastic soon/I'm quick to blast a goon/And break a motherfucker like a plastic spoon”
  • BigL5
    Stretch &amp; Bobbito '98 Freestyle
    "Take that suit off, before I shoot off, and tear your roof off, leave your clothes bloody-red like the nose of Rudolph"
  • BigL4
    Stretch &amp; Bobbito '98 Freestyle
    "I've got a left hook, that be leavin' guys knocked out, keep frontin', and I'm a choke you till your eyes pop out”
  • BigL3
    "Da Graveyard," <em>Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous</em> (1995)
    "A tec-9 is my utencil, fillin' nigga's with so much lead they can use their dick for a pencil"
  • BigL2
    "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous," <em>Lifestylez Ov Da Poor &amp; Dangerous</em> (1995)
    "Some say I'm ruthless, some say I'm grim Once a brother done broke into my house and I robbed him”
  • BigL0
    Stretch &amp; Bobbito '95 Freestyle
    "Old folks get mugged and raided/Crimes are drug related/And we live by the street rules that thugs created"
  • BigL
    Sandman 118 Freestyle
    "Clothes bummy, Nose runny, it wasnt funny, a lil dummy, who tried to kill his mother for insurance money"

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  • wut

    “and mad hoes, ask Beavis I get nothing Butt-head” ?????
    “breakin’ into cribs with a crowbar, I wasn’t poor, I was po, I couldn’t afford the o-r” ????
    “L is the rebel type, I’m rough as a metal pipe, fuck a benz, cause I could pull skins on a pedal-bike” ????

    your list is garbage

  • Mob

    Good list RIP Big L