ALBUM: Big L - 5/30 Tribute Mixed by DJ Soul
SOUNDS LIKE: A wealth of original material, including unreleased songs and freestyles from one of rap's G.O.A.T. MCs
SAD FACT: Lamont Coleman would've turned 35 this past Saturday.
WHY COMPLEX IS CO-SIGNING IT: "Everywhere I go, brothers know my fuckin' name..." From the moment we first heard Big L spit—on Lord Finesse's "Yes You May (Remix)"—we could sense a legend being born. The unmistakable voice, the sharp cadence, the incredible punchlines—L had MC talent in spades, epitomizing "swagger" way before rap co-opted the term. Unlike fallen peers 'Pac and Biggie, we only really know Big L's life through his music. No tabloid fodder, no urban legends, and no loquacious ex-wifeys followed L's murder in 1999. All we're left with is the memory of a dude that was born to rap.
The homie DJ Soul is honoring that memory with a marvelous mixtape that commemorates L's birthday (May 30). The mastermind behind the awesome Assorted Donuts Dilla tape has cooked up a project that will serve as both a nostalgic tribute for longtime L fans as well as a primer for those too young to have appreciated him in his prime. The seamless mix features the aforementioned Finesse track plus the best of L's work with Children of the Corn, D.I.T.C., and as a solo artist. Don't miss the unforgettable Stretch & Bob freestyle from '95 when a young Lamont Coleman outshined a young Sean Carter. Big L, rest in peace.
Read on for a full tracklist and a link to download Big L - 5/30 Tribute Mixed by DJ Soul...
1. Intro (Part 1) feat. Lord Finesse
2. Intro (Part 2) feat. Funkmaster Flex & Nas
3. Principle Of The New School (Freestyle)
4. Yes You May Remix feat. Lord Finesse
5. DJ Premier Interlude
6. MVP (Live From Amsterdam)
8. Internationally Known feat. OC
9. Hit It (unreleased)
10. I Shoulda Worn A Rubba aka The Clinic (unreleased)
11. American Dream feat. McGruff, Mase, Cam'ron & Bloodshed
12. Sandman 118th (Freestyle)
13. Games Females Play (unreleased)
14. School Dayz (unreleased)
15. The Devil's Son (Live From Amsterdam)
16 .Times Is Hard On The Blvd (unreleased)
17. Day One feat. Diamond
18. Fat Joe Interlude
19. The Enemy feat. Fat Joe
20. Street Struck
21. Bobbito Interlude
22. 95 Freestyle feat. Jay-Z
23. Uptown Connection aka Danger Zone feat. Mase & McGruff
24. Lord Finesse Interlude
25. How Will I Make It (unreleased)
To download the tape, click here.