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BEATS, RHYMES, AND LIFE! An all time Classic.
on 20 September 2000
Big L was one of the most compleate rappers of all time.This first album shows the young MC expanding the boundaries of rapping by constantly changing his style and delivery with every song. Listen to his toungue twisting verses on tracks like 'Put it on'and 'Let em have it L'and realise why this MC got respect from Gangstarr,Nas,and his whole D.I.T.C. crew just to name a few.Listen to his stories about the 'hood'he grew up in, on songs like 'Danger Zone'and 'Street Struck',a place he held close to his heart,a place that finallily took his life.On 'I Don't Understand It'Big L goes on a furious rampage against the people who are exploiting the music and culture he loves, and on the next track 'Fed Up With The Bullshit',L lets us know he's got some serious issues he wants dealt with. The cut '8 Iz Enuff' gives us an introduction to what i belive L does best;command a posse cut.This track contains some memorable verses especially from Herb McGruff and a young Cam'ron. The jewel in the crown though is a track called 'Da Graveyard'.This again is a posse cut with the always great Lord Finesse dropping a gem,a pre platinum Jay Z dropping a verse so nice i will always respect him no matter what he does in the future,just because of that one verse.BUT somehow L still manages to up stage everyone else by opening his mouth and relising one of the most intense pieces of rapping you could wish to hear,you just need to make sure you don't wear the rewind button out on your system. The production is tight all the way through with Buckwild,Lord Finesse,and Showbiz always making sure the beats live up to the lyrics on this CD. After listening to this album a few times you will begin spitting out some of L's funny,crazy,and touching oneliners without even thinking about it. Big L's lyrics could be funny,serious,or violent but they were always Hip Hop.When L died a part of Hip Hop died too,but if you want to hear a 'Street Genius' get this album and realise L will be around forever,maybe not in body but in spirit and soul. BIG L REST IN PEACE.