Vol. 2-in Memory of a
Big L was a critical link in hip-hop's chain between the lyrically progressive early '90s and the flamboyant latter part of the decade. Regarded as one of the most brutal New York emcees to ever grab a microphone, J-Love supplies listeners with what the two solos and one group album cannot. The best treat is the ultra-rare Children of the Corn work with a would-be Cam'ron and Ma$e. Three such songs appear, plus early `90s demo-like jewels. Songs like the featured "How Will I Make It" show a sensitivity in the late lyricist that explain his iconic artistry, nearly a decade after his death.