Big L Doc Aiming for Feb. Release, New Album in the Works

Family, friends and fans of the late Big L gathered yesterday (August 30) in his native Harlem to retouch a mural in his memory and celebrate the rapper’s legacy.

The mural, located on 140th Street and Lenox Ave—just a block north of where L, born Lamont Coleman, grew up—was created as a memorial shortly after his 1999 murder. 90, the artist behind the original painting, was proud to be back ten years later to breathe new life into his work.

Lovebug Starski spun L’s tracks throughout day to a crowd of all ages, including the beloved rapper’s D.I.T.C. brethren AG and Lord Finesse.

Also in attendace was Jewlz, the director of the upcoming documentary Street Struck: The Big L Story. Although filming began while L was alive and includes archival footage dating back to when the wordsmith was 13, the director didn’t want the MC’s untimely demise to stop the project. “I felt that I’m still gonna do all I can do to try to preserve his memory on film,” he told XXLMag.com. “All those people who may not have gotten exposed to him as an artist, hopefully they’ll get to see a different side of him as a person, a son, a brother, a friend, and as a phenomenal artist.”

All involved are hoping for the film’s release to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of L’s passing next February. His older brother, Donald Coleman, who organized the first annual event, also revealed that another album of his brother’s unreleased material is in the works.

When asked his feelings on how the event came together, Coleman admitted with delight, “words can’t explain it.” –Adam Fleischer

Peep a trailer of Street Struck: The Big L Story below.

  • http://myspace.com/doneone myspace.com/doneone

    Big L is a talented artist I grew up on 90s hiphop and this dude right here had it locked, his craft was defined. No need for refinement. Look at his list of tracks as well as all the freestyles. In my “opinion” BIG L would have smashed the game. Big ups to th director for putting this together. BIG PUN has a documentary coming out as well. Another beast on the mic.

  • Beast McCoy

    So much potential, gone far too soon. Big L, one of Harlem’s Best Kept Secrets, sorely missed and forever immortalized on wax. Big L, rest in peace.

  • AZ40

    The best outta harlem, these new niggas from harlem owe him a debt of gratitude…went way before his time

  • ILLWILL

    Big L was the best out of NY, YES HE WAS BETTER THAN BIG!

  • http://xxl ryan

    cosign illwill

  • BYRD

    I PUT ON A BIG L TRACK EVERY DAY AND HE WAS ON THE COME UP AND THEN HE WAS SENT TO JOIN THE CIRCLE OF RAP IN HEVEN HIM BIG AND PAC STILL IN THE CYPHER AS AALIYAH AND LEFT EYE KICK THE R&B AND BERNIE MAC KICKS THE JOKE WHILE BOB MARLEY SPITS THE REGGAE AND MJ DANCES AROUND KICKING THE POP TUNES JUST ONE BIG NICE HAPPY FAMILY MAKING THE BEST MUSIC GOD HAS EVER COME ACROSS…:^)

  • http://Madclown18@yahoo.com Javito_1

    Skillwise, NOBODY can fuck with him. Not even MY favorite rapper lol…

  • hate

    its bout time mothafuckas did somethin about L. he was one of the illest to ever do it.

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Should’ve been did this.

  • juan

    If rap was a sport he’d be MVP
    1 of the GREATEST to touch the mic.

  • BGZ

    I wanted to do a documentary on Big L, too; woulda called it something like ‘Big Loss’, but it never materialized.
    Glad someone else did it, and based on the trailer, they spoke to all the right people.

    Big L came from an era where rappers became stars based on their rapping talent, not how much drugs they claimed to sell or who they beefed with.
    He was the type of natural rapper that you were always looking forward for their new shit, lyrics-wise; the ‘deadly combination’ of book-smart lyricist and street-smart slick-talker.

    Him and his type of rappers are sorely missed in today’s rap climate.

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