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4.5 out of 5 stars
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on 3 December 2014
Easily one of the best albums in music rap history, although Big Ls' Livestylez album is far better
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on 22 October 2015
Awesome Oldskool Hip Hop
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on 3 October 2017
one of the greatest
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on 10 March 2016
big l is so talented lyricaly but as for the whole album its not that great there are a few real bangers tho.
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on 2 December 2000
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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on 22 February 2004
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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on 24 September 2000
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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on 2 December 2000
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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on 9 September 2003
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.Plus, with appearances such as 2pac,guru,big daddy kane,oc,kool g rap,fat joe,remy martin,sadat x & more, it makes it just an essential hip-hop album. The best songs on it are..."Ebonics","size em up",Deadly combination","fall back"&"platinum plus". The deadly combination track is hot, though its a bit short(2minutes).If you ain't heard Big L and you wana know whether to get it or not, here r some artists that i like:2pac,Nas,Az,Mobb deep,biggie,gang starr,mad skillz,onyx,mc lyte,Foxy brown, cormega& more. If you in to most of these,or any one similar, then i'd say its a definite buy 4 yall. So botttom line:most of the tracks are dope, though not all.I give it4 stars.So buy it don't hesitate. Rest in peace BIG L & PAC!!!!!!!!!!
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on 1 August 2004
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. Unfortunately, despite a well-meant effort from Rawkus Records, The Big Picture fails to capture Big L's underground legacy. A member of the New York underground collective's Diggin' in the Crates crew, L's 1995 debut on Columbia Records, Lifestyles of the Poor and Dangerous, was met with a lukewarm response despite his rugged talents. As a result, Big L was dropped from Columbia primarily because Lifestyles lacked the supersonic production to match his rough, witty style. On The Big Picture, even with a few production heavyweights in on the project, the production is again suspect. The album billed as a classic has merely the makings of one, all-star producers like Pete Rock and Premier and heavyweight guest appearances including a duet with another fallen rap star, Tupac Shakur. There are about five good tracks on the album, two of which are spectacular: "Flamboyant" over a soulful bump provided by Mike Heron is the heavy-hitter on the album followed closely in quality by the flute-laced "Holdin' It Down" produced by Pete Rock and featuring A.G. "Ebonics" is L's clever slang dictionary and the two DJ Premier-produced tracks, "Platinum Plus" featuring Big Daddy Kane and "The Enemy" featuring Fat Joe, are also worthy of note. Here is an underground king that finds only slight aboveground success posthumously. Rawkus' scramble to compile new and old tracks into a cohesive product proved too difficult a task. In the end, there is too much gloss on this undergrounder's parting project; The Big Picture does not do justice to Big L. Big L may be remembered as a gifted MC who put out mediocre albums but he will not be forgotten by hip-hop fans on the strength of his underground legacy and respect. Big L (1974-1999) was gunned down in his own Harlem neighborhood in early 1999.
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