Producer: Diamond D
Label: Tommy Boy
Diamond D: “That was a beat I had, and Show liked it. Then I played it for everybody, and everybody liked it. It was something we all agreed on. I don’t think everybody was there at once. It was built together in pieces. I do know I laid my verse first [which is why I rap first on the song]. Next time I heard it, it was basically done.
“The last time Big L came to my house, he had a magic marker, and he did a quick ‘Big L 139th Street’ graffiti throw-up on my wall. A week and a half later, he was murdered. So I cut it off the wall and framed it.
Common signed it, and Hank Shocklee’s signature is on it too. That’s real special to me.
“It was [devastating when he was murdered], not knowing why, and things of that nature. Like when any family member passes, there’s a lot of pain. I really don’t talk about it. But dude was one of the brightest stars. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to see his record go gold.”