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The Big Picture

Big L, Big L Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00004TUWL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,683,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best yet. 27 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Is it possible, and perhaps even righteous, to label an album of a deceased legend as one of the best? I would say so. This album has everything from phat beats to cleverly constructed rhymes performed by probably the greatest mc to bless the mic. A similar feeling to 'Born Again' by the Notorious BIG presents itself with this album due to its release following the artists death, not with the sound of the album, but by the poiniance and irony that are brought to attention by the lyrics. Big L was truly a Hip Hop genius, and only having made two albums, the quality of this and its predecessor make you realise how lucky we are to have two albums as opposed to one. Track nine in particular, 'Fall Back' featuring Kool G rap, is a perfect example of what Big L was capable of producing. Its an amazing track that will have your cd player on repeat. The all star collabos reflect the talent and respect held by Big L, with artists such as 2 Pac, Guru, Sadat X, etc. 'Tell Beavis I get nothing Butthead', genius. This album is up hand in hand with other classic albums such as '36 Chambers', 'Illmatic','The Chronic' and all the other influencial albums of the modern era. Big L has immortalised himself with this album, and a masterpiece like this shall never go anywhere other than everywhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The best tracks on this are from other albums 22 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
The best tracks on this album are actually taken from the DITC album - the rest are OK but nothing to write home about. If you've already got the DITC album then this isn't worth buying unless you're a Big L obsessive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE SOUND OF REAL HIP HOP! 24 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
All i want to say about this cd is that its new,fresh,diverse,and also very entertaining.There are 16 banging tracks with songs being blessed by Tupac,Guru,Sadat X,Kool G Rap,Big Daddy Kane,plus various members of the DITC crew.If you want real hip hop,then buy this cd.Then read my review of Big Ls first cd,(Lifestyles of da poor and dangerous),on this site too.I would put 'The Big Picture' in contention for best cd of 2000,i would put 'Lifestyles...' in contention for one of the best solo albums of the 90's, and from the evidence of these 2 cds,along with Big Ls massive contribution to the classic debut album from DITC,i will put my neck on the line and get ready for some criticism by claiming, in my personal opinion that Big L was ONE of the best rappers EVER!Listen to his live in the studio freestyle on 'The Big Picture'and understand what i'm talking about,and thats just one track.Thanks to Rawkus Records for keeping L's words the way i think he would have done it himself,and congratulations on relising another classic cd. BIG L REST IN PEACE.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genius 2 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
With colaboration atrists like Tupac, Guru and Fat Joe to name a few and some production by Primo this album would find it hard not to be anything short of genius. Big L is lyrically superb providing Hip Hop fans with Hip Hop music.
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whos the nicest mc? when this question arises, a lot of names come up. But one name is often left out. Not because Harlem native Big L lacked the skills to hold the title, but his lack of exposure kept him from being mentioned in any such conversation. Check the resume. From the days as one third of the children of the korn(which also included Cam'Ron and Mase) to his freestyle behind uptown's rockin wills record store, which earned him lord finesse's respect and a permanent seat at the D.I.T.C table. L was an MC's MC. Lyrical young gun attacked mics with his trademark smooth delivery, shocking lyrics and witty punchlines, which earned his rep the old fashioned way : one line at a time. Appropriately, the album begins with freddie foxx playing an eloquent tribute to the fallen soldier at a concert as he orders the audience to salute by holding their index finger and thumb in the shape of an "L". Other albums may have a moment or memorable line-Big L has plenty. Impressive joints on the album such as "size em up" beautifully illustrate how L's distinct vocals dodge 'n' weave hard-ass drum patterns landing verbal uppercuts. L even showcases sory-tellin ability on bangers like "the heist" and "cusualties of a dice game" while ill collabos futher prove how puch potential he really had. Peep the ron-G produced "Deadly Combination" with Tupac or the "triboro" featuring fellow D.I.T.C. alumni O.C. and fat joe alongside newcomer Remy Martin, for instant rewind material. Unlike other posthumous compilations The Big Picture is, for the most part, an accurate depiction of the talent the deceased MC possesed. Loyal fans can rejoice because the kid was sick-wit'-his, while those foreign to the lifestyles ov da poor an dangerous should now be able to check the Big Picture and stop sleepin on the clever MC's well deserved place in Hip-Hop history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Combination 22 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Can anyone raise their hand and say that they have bought an album which they have never heard of by an artist who is also unknown to them. Now how many of those albums are absolute classics and should be reconised for what they really are? not many probably but I have and it is Big L's 'Big Picture'. I would not consider myself a lucky person but the day I got this Man lady luck was certainly helpin me. Just listen to Deadly Combination with 2pac and Biggie and you'll see what i mean when I say he runs with the giants. His style is to the point and hard hitting, so if your into your Eminem's and Jay-z you probably won't like this at all. He doesn't use big beats he uses lyrics as his weapons
'While y'all be on the corners bummy and high
i be out buyin the finest sh1t money can buy
you wish you was in a posistion that im in
hot ryhmin, diamonds shinin', autograph signin '
If your into Wu-Tang and more raw rappers i seriously reccomend this album to you and to all the eminem and jay-z followers get this any way because people will take you a little more seriously. rest in peace Big L
I'll keep ratin' while y'all keep hatin' Irish Republican Gangsta
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Lives up well to the first album.

Some very good verses from some of the big hitters.

First verse of a freestyle (partly written) which is incredible.
Published 22 months ago by Scott Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Big L rip you lyrical genius
Any big L fan must own this album, yes there are tracks from other albums but all in all, what an album. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by SmoothKid
5.0 out of 5 stars the god big l
one of the illest albums ever made.... dunno why big l was never rated amongst the greats like biggie, pun and pac... in my opinion, he the dopest!!
Published on 30 April 2011 by zackattack
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great product, awesome delivery. Hip Hop Lives in the heart of this artist, as with many others.
Published on 19 Sep 2010 by Madcap
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This album is a must for rap/hip-hop fans, the wordplay can't be faulted and the production is superb, a good buy for anyone interested in the genre.
Published on 24 Aug 2007 by M. Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Just Wow
Not as good as Lifestylez of the poor and dangerous, infact it pales in comparison. However the abnormal quality of that album would pale most classics and this is certainly a... Read more
Published on 21 April 2007 by True Hip Hop
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG L R.I.P
I bought this album about 2 years ago, its a great album
my best songs are
THE BIG PICTURE
DEADLY COMBINATION FT 2PAC
HOLDIN IT DOWN
THE ENEMY FT FAT... Read more
Published on 10 April 2006 by C. Mort
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
The second and final album from the late Big L showcases the Harlem MC as a master of the punch line and a vicious storyteller with a razor blade-under-the-tongue flow. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Ley me gi' ya a bigger picture
3 words...From the street. This album ain't like ya average Pop rap joint. This album is a classic, as a matter of fact i'm listenin' to it now. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars top album from the hip hop fan
This is not another gangstar pap album. big l is a true artist from the street and manages to rap about what he feels without getting caught up with the dangerously short term... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2003
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