The Big Picture
The Big Picture
Studio album by Big L


1 August 2000



  • D&D Studios (New York City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, underground hip hop






DJ Premier, Lord Finesse, Mike Heron, Pete Rock, Ron Browz, Ron G, Shomari, Showbiz, Ysae

Big L chronology


Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous (1995)


The Archives 1996-2000 (2006)

Singles from The Big Picture


"Ebonics (Criminal Slang)" (1998)


"Holdin' It Down" (1999)


"Flamboyant" (2000)


"Platinum Plus" (2001)

The Big Picture is the second and final studio album by American rapper Big L. The album was slated for a 1999 relese, but due to Big L's murder in early 1999, the album was posthumously released on 1 August 2000 on Rawkus Records. Recording sessions for the album primarily took place at D&D Studios in New York City during 1997 to 1998. The album was produced by DJ Premier, Ron Browz, Ron G, Lord Finesse, Pete Rock, Shomari, Mike Heron, Ysae and Showbiz. The album features the popular single "Ebonics" (which was the last single released while Big L was alive). It features appearances from Fat Joe, Guru, A.G., Stan Spit, Miss Jones, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Sadat X, O.C. and Remy Ma, as well as a posthumous verse by Tupac Shakur. A music video was made for the song "Holdin' It Down".

It sold 72,549 copies in the first week of sales.

Track listing

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Big Picture (Intro)" Big L Coleman, Martin DJ Premier 2:59
2. "Ebonics (Criminal Slang)" Big L Coleman, Turner Ron Browz 3:21
3. "Size 'Em Up" Big L Coleman, Turner Ron Browz 3:55
4. "Deadly Combination" Big L, 2Pac Bowser, Coleman, Shakur Ron G 2:32
5. "'98 Freestyle" Big L Coleman Lord Finesse 2:09
6. "Holdin' It Down" Big L, A.G., Miss Jones, Stan Spit Barnes, Coleman, Draton, Jones, Phillips Pete Rock 4:39
7. "The Heist" Big L Coleman, Turner Ron Browz 3:02
8. "The Enemy" Big L, Fat Joe Cartagena, Coleman, Martin DJ Premier 2:48
9. "Fall Back" Big L, Kool G Rap Coleman, Elite, Jackson, Wilson Shomari 2:49
10. "Flamboyant" Big L Coleman, Ervin, Farrell, Heron Mike Heron 3:07
11. "Casualties of a Dice Game" Big L Coleman, Turner Ron Browz 3:18
12. "Platinum Plus" Big L, Big Daddy Kane Coleman, Hardy, Martin DJ Premier 3:37
13. "Who You Slidin' Wit" Big L, Stan Spit Coleman, Draton, Phillips Pete Rock 4:13
14. "Games" Big L, Guru, Sadat X Coleman, Elam, Murphy, Southwell Ysae 4:32
15. "The Heist Revisited" Big L Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 3:01
16. "The Triboro" Big L, Fat Joe, O.C., Remy Ma Cartagena, Coleman, Credle, Lemay, Martin Showbiz 5:29
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