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Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), better known by his stage name Big L, was an American rapper. Coleman was born and raised in Harlem, New York, where he started his rap career with Three the Hard Way. He founded the group Children of the Corn and was a member of the Diggin’ in the Crates Crew before pursuing a solo career. His first professional appearance came on Lord Finesse‘s “Yes You May (Remix)”. He released his debut album, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous in 1995, and significantly contributed to theunderground hip hop scene. He created his own independent label, Flamboyant Entertainment, in 1998 where he released one of his best known singles “Ebonics” (1998).
On February 15, 1999, Coleman was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in his hometown of Harlem. Suspects, including the main suspect Gerald Woodley, were brought in for questioning, but no one was found guilty. His second studio album, The Big Picturewas put together by Coleman’s manager, Rich King. It was released the following year and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Since his death, three posthumous albums have released, mainly consisting of unreleased songs which were put together by Rich King and his brother, Donald. Multiple tributes have been given to Coleman, including in The Source, MTV, and HipHop DX. A documentary is in the works titled Street Struck: The Big L Story (2012). About.com called him the seventeenth best MC of all time, and multiple writers atAllmusic have given him high praise.