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The 50 Best Radio Freestyles

8. Big L "1998 Freestyle" (1998)

Station: WKCR (89.9FM)
DJ: Stretch & Bobbito
Best Punchline: "Turn your tux red, I'm far from broke, got enough bread/And mad hoes, ask Beavis, I got nothing Butthead."


A freestyle so dope, it was featured on Big L's breakthrough (and unfortunately posthumous) album, The Big Picture. L kicked this freestyle live on Stretch & Bobbito's show just months before he was tragically gunned down in Harlem.

L claimed his lyrics weren't directed at anyone particular, but it's evident he had someone in mind when kicking kill-yourself lines like: “Fuckin' punk, you ain't a leader/What? nobody followed you/You was never shit/Your mother should've swallowed you” over Lord Finesse's piano loop.

What many don't know, is that the freestyle actually included two verses, the second of which was omitted from The Big Picture. Perhaps after dropping the “And mad hoes, ask Beavis, I get nothing but head (Butthead)” line, Rawkus figured no more needed to be said.

And yeah, this was pretty incredible for someone who was “kinda tired.”

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