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  • Audio CD (March 28, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000294R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Put It On
2. MVP
3. No Endz, No Skinz
4. 8 Iz Enuff
5. All Black
6. Danger Zone
7. Street Struck
8. Da Graveyard
9. Life Stylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous
10. I Don't Understand It
11. Fed Up Wit The Bullshit
12. Let 'Em Have It 'L'

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The lyrics and punchlines are incredible.
Michael Salinas
It has to be one of the best albums i have ever heard!
Big L rest in peace 139 & Lenox Greatest rapper ever!
BIG L 139 the greatest

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Haselswerdt on August 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There have been plenty of MCs with more intelligent and enlightened content to their rhymes than Big L. There have also been a few (though not many) with more distinct delivery--and perhaps one (Nas circa "Illmatic"?) with a more natural flow. But for sheer, unadulterated rhyming skill...there's just no one that touched L. Ever. Period. His gift was so unbelievable that I half wish they would have studied his brain when he died (morbid as it may seem)--because there had to be something abnormal about it. If anyone in the hip-hop game was ever a bona fide "genius" in the true sense of the word (meaning blessed with an almost freakish mental gift) it was L.

Don't sleep on the posthumously released "The Big Picture," but make no mistake, this grittier and more vibrant first album was L's magnum opus. Any one of these tracks contains more stunning, astounding, OHHHH (...)!-inducing rhymes than most MCs ever pen in a lifetime. Just listening to the relentless, incendiary first verses of "8 is Enuff" and "Da Graveyard" is enough to blow you straight off your feet. The numerous collaborators on those tracks are stunning, too, but they're clearly just sweeping up what fragments remain of the mic after L annihilates it.

Accompanying L's absolutely unparallelled talent for rhyme is a penchant for vicious, shock-value lyrics--which is a deadly combination. The faint of heart do NOT want to pick up this album. In fact, even the not-faint of heart should be advised--if you're going to be offended by references to cop-killing, child-killing, mother-killing, GRANDmother-killing, NUN-killing, Satanism, general blasphemy, rape and other violence against women...just click on over to another album. L obviously lived and died under tough, violent circumstances.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "sugglife" on August 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well, there's too much to say about this album, but I'll try to keep it within a thousand words. L was, and still is, simply the best. He proves it with crazy metaphors like "when it comes to gettin' nookie, I'm not a rookie, I got girls that make that chick Toni Braxton look like Whoopi," and "I told him give up the dough before you get smoked... 'Oh, you broke?' (gunshots)... now you dead broke!" Definitely the most clever MC there ever was, regardless of whether he achieved gold or platinum status. This album in particular is special because of the stellar production from Showbiz, Buckwild, and Lord Finesse(D.I.T.C.- the best crew in hip-hop for those that didn't know) and dope guest spots from Herb McGruff, and the rest of his crew in Harlem. People are just catching on to L's greatness even though this joint came out in '95. It's a shame that L didn't live to see the success of his new joint, but buy this joint and his legacy will live on.... R.I.P Big L 1974-1999.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "peruviannigga" on January 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of the best debuts i've ever heard, along with Illmatic, Ready to Die, and 36 Chambers.
The beats have an old school feel to them, even though some tracks are dark-sounding (Danger Zone, Street Struck)and others are funky (No Endz No Skinz, MVP), and the lyrics are just perfect; very simplistic, but at the same time extremely clever and most of all very ILL. L proves that you don't have to use big words and rap about the moon and the sun to be underground.
I also noticed how he influenced some of today's rap starts, like Cam'Ron and Jay-Z. A young hova (literally) shows up on Da Graveyard, dropping a decent verse along with some other MC's. Just imagine what L's career would've been like if he was signed to Rocafella, it's just too bad this album didn't seel many copies and L was murdered before he dropped his second effort.
Big L's carrer was cut short if you ask me, and the same happened with 3 other GREAT MC's, you know who they are.
L lives on in the hearts of real hip-hop heads, go cop this album if you don't have it, it's a must.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Earlier this year, we lost one of the true geniuses of the art of emceeing. We throw around praise a lot in Hip Hop for those who we lose tragically early. Not to take anything away from Biggie or Pac, but much of their praise came due to the commercial success they had. On the other hand, Lamont "Big L" Coleman obtained praise on the strength of his talent alone. For real, this kid was always nice. The first time I heard him was on Showbiz & AG's "Represent" in 1992, with Lord Finesse. The kid showed flair early on as somebody who was very anxious to give a second colon to anybody who dared intrude on his open mic time. As time went on, the kid started getting even nicer. The thing about L was that, he really never had a prime (or he was tragically robbed of the chance to reach it). He kept getting nicer. On this, his one and only LP (although Rawkus Records does plan to cut a posthemous release of some material that L was working on shortly before his death, and arguably, it's his best work), you get a taste of his true capability. You hear clever punchlines, such as "I put his brains on the street, so you could see what he was just thinkin." You also get early appearances from the likes of Jay-Z, Herb McGruff, and Cam'ron, all before they had released their own material. It's questionable whether Hip Hop will remember martyrs such as Big L, MC Trouble, Paul C, or the recently departed Slang Ton of the Outsiders 30 years from now. However, genius cannot be denied. This is a snapshot of Big L's maturation to genius that is forever available to observe.
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