Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Studio album by Big L


28 March 1995




Powerplay Studios (Queens, New York), Unique Studios (New York City, New York) and Chung King Studios (New York City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, underground hip hop






Buckwild, Craig Boogie, Lord Finesse, Showbiz

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Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous is the debut album by American rapper Big L, released in 1995 on Columbia Records. After being discovered by Lord Finesse, Big L signed with Columbia in 1993 and started work on the album. Recording sessions took place mostly at Powerplay Studios in Queens, New York from 1993 to 1994. Production was handled by Buckwild, Lord Finesse, Showbiz and Craig Boogie. The album features appearances from a young Cam'ron (credited as Killa Kam on "8 Iz Enuff") and Jay-Z (on "Da Graveyard").

The album debuted at number 149 on the US Billboard 200 and number 22 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, but did not chart internationally. Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous spawned three singles: "Put It On", "M.V.P.", and "No Endz, No Skinz", the first two both peaked within the top 25 on the US Hot Rap Tracks and Hot Dance Singles Sales. Upon the albums release, the album received average reviews from music critics, earning praise for Big L's lyrics, but not for the production. As of August 2000, the album has sold 200,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Due to Big L's murder in 1999, it is the only album released by him during his lifetime.

Track listing

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Put It On" Big L, Kid Capri Best, Coleman Buckwild 3:39
2. "M.V.P." Big L Coleman, DeBarge, Hall, Jordan Lord Finesse 3:40
3. "No Endz, No Skinz" Big L Coleman, LeMay Showbiz 3:30
4. "8 Iz Enuff" Big L, Terra, Herb McGruff, Buddah Bless, Big Twan, Killa Kam, Trooper J, Mike Boogie

Best, Buddah Bless, Coleman, Herb McGruff, Killa Kam, Mike Boogie, Terra, Trooper J, Twan

Buckwild 4:59
5. "All Black" Big L Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 4:21
6. "Danger Zone" Big L, Herb McGruff Best, Coleman Buckwild 3:38
7. "Street Struck" Big L Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 4:10
8. "Da Graveyard" Big L, Lord Finesse, Microphone Nut, Jay-Z, Party Arty, Grand Daddy I.U. Best, Coleman Buckwild 5:24
9. "Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous" Big L, Herb McGruff Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 3:22
10.  "I Don't Understand It" Big L Coleman, LeMay Showbiz 4:21
11. "Fed Up wit the Bullshit" Big L Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 3:53
12. "Let 'Em Have It "L"" Big L Coleman, Rollins Craig Boogie 3:58


  • Engineer: Chris "Conman" Conway.
  • Engineer (assistant): Jon Shriver, Chris Irish, Dino Zervos, Mack Robinson.
  • Recorded by: Chris "Conman" Conway, Tony Smalios (track 1, 6).
  • Mixed by: Chris "Conman" Conway, Rich July (track 1, 6).
  • Mastered by: Tony Dawsey.
  • Art Direction & Design: Michelle Willems.
  • Photography: Danny Clinch.
  • Styling: Girard Hunt.
  • Make-Up: Nzingha Gumbs.
  • Legal Representation: Bruce Jackson.
  • Management: Diane Richards.

Album liner notes

Much love to my family and to all my people from Uptown and all over. Good lookin' out to the whole Columbia staff, my manager Diane Richards, and the entire NFL Crew. Gotta say thanks to all the members of Diggin' in the Crates, especially my man Lord Finesse for givin' me my first taste of wax in '92 and for going out of his way to put me on. Peace to Kid Capri and Major Chubby for representin' on my first single. Rest in peace Kerry, Nate, Tall, Glen and Big Sid - Big L and the entire NFL Crew still love you. Thanks to everybody else that deserves to be thanked. – Big L

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