Cam’ron Says Big L’s Popularity Rose Following His Murder
During his interview alongside Mase on Million Dollaz Worth of Game, Killa Cam was tasked with listing his top five rappers from Harlem, and one of the obvious choices was the late rapper and his friend, Big L. The “Put It On” rapper was one of the most lyrically gifted MCs from the upper Manhattan neighborhood and was signed to Columbia Records.
He released his first solo album, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous in 1995, which debuted at No. 22 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list, but his promising career fell short after he was fatally shot nine times in Harlem.
Like most rappers who have passed away, interest in Big L and his music has skyrocketed since his death. According to Cam, although his friend had elite rap skills, he didn’t have time to fully break out, and his death played a huge role in his legacy.
“See n****s like Big L, that’s my dude, [but] he didn’t have a long time to do what he could really potentially do, you know what I’m saying? He only had one album,” Cam said. “We used to freestyle and practice with each other. He’s my guy, but listen for me, it’s like n***as liked Big L better after he died. I think they started saying he’s a legend, this, that, and the third.”
He continued, “He was nice before he died. You got to realize that him and Nas is on the same label at the same time at Columbia Records. So you got Nas and Big L coming out at the same time, and you kind of seeing who elevated more. So it wasn’t like he wasn’t on a major record label or he didn’t have an opportunity.”