Big L - MVP
This is an original promotional copy of the late great Big L's MVP. This was taken from his album " Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous".
Includes Instrumental and LP versions of the track.
. Generic white cover..
Born and raised in Harlem's uptown sector, what he called the "Danger Zone," at 139th Street and Lenox Avenue; Coleman chose rap as a way of getting away from the ghetto. His first appearance on a song came in 1992 on Lord Finesse's "Yes You May (Remix)."
In 1993 he signed with Columbia Records and released one vinyl 12", "Devil's Son." This song was quickly banned from radio, due to lyrics which stations dubbed too violent or vulgar, such as "I pistol whip the priest every Sunday." In 1995, still with Columbia, he released his debut album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous. The album was hardly promoted and commercially not very popular, but was praised by The Source, a respected rap music publication, which gave it 4 mics out of 5. The album featured now-popular rappers such as Jay-Z and Cam'ron, but after its lack of success, he was dropped from the label.
His career was furthered with a group called Children of the Corn, formed by himself and fellow Harlemites Ma$e (under the name Murda Mase), Cam'ron (as Killa Cam), Cam'ron's cousin Bloodshed and McGruff. The group recorded numerous songs, enough to make a full length album, compiled later as "The Collector's Edition." The group never signed a deal, as Bloodshed was killed in a car accident in 1997 and Ma$e and Cam'ron temporarily quit rapping to pursue professional basketball careers.
Jay-Z has said that Big L was set to sign with his Roc-A-Fella label, but died the week before. The two had a mutual respect dating back to a dual freestyle session on the radio and Jay-Z's appearance on Big L's first album.
Big L was inducted into the Bronx-based hip-hop group D.I.T.C. by mentor Lord Finesse, forming a strong relationship with his fellow members, appearing on several of their albums. He appeared with the group regularly, notably on their single "Dignified Soldiers" and their later eponymous LP release, sometimes known as Worldwide.