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.