BIG L R.I.P 1974-1999
Rawkus/Virgin Records
Ranking 6.5/10

On the 15th of February, 1999, rapper, Big L passed away. More than a year later his likely final album has been released. The album, entitled 'The Big Picture,' was has collaboration between his mom, Gilda Terry, and several big name artists. In fact, the featured artists include the late Tupac Shakur, Fat Joe, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Sadat X, Guru, OC & DJ Premier.

"Games" is my favorite track. A funky beat with Sadat X, Guru & Big L flowing smooth in sync with the beat. "'98 Freestyle," is amazing... possibly one of the best freestyles I've heard. "Ebonics," will let you know what all the street terms mean in dictionary translation. "The Triboro," "The Heist" and "Fall Back" are other impressive tracks.

Big L's 'The Big Picture' had decent beats and impressive lyrics, but it had a feel of not being fully sewn up. Likely because Big L passed away before he could make everything tight. The album had a bit more of a gangsta style than a typical Rawkus record album. The big picture is that the album was average.

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This review was written August 29, 2000