Feb 15th, 1999 : Big L leaves the Danger Zone

Today marks the 11th anniversary of Big L’s passing. This story features Lord Finesse, his mentor, and producer Ogee, L’s deejay and fellow DITC member.

The building you see behind Ogee (at 0:56) has been Lamont Coleman’s home for the fast 24 years he lived : 104W 139th Street. The park where we stand is the place where he used to hang out and rhyme at with his friends from the Children of the Corn (COC) crew : Cam’ron, Ma$e, McGruff and Bloodshed.

11 years ago, at 8:30 pm, Big L was shot and killed a block away from here, on 45 W 139th . In the heart of what he used to call the Danger Zone.

As you might know, L was just about to release his second album, The Big Picture. And more importantly, his life was about to change tremendously, as he was gettin ready to ink a deal with Roc-A-Fella Records, four years after inviting a then-unknown Jay-Z on his 1st album, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous.

L had already turned down a first offer, because Dame Dash wouldn’t sign his friends McGruff and C-Town along with him. The deal L wanted was about to be signed a few days later.

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