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The Big Picture
The Big Picture.jpg
Studio album by Big L


1 August 2000


1997-1998 at D&D Studios (NYC), Battery Studio (NYC), Horizon Studio, Alien Flyers, C Mo Greens, the Cutting Room (NYC) and Sony Studios (NYC)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, underground hip hop




Rawkus, Flamboyant


Big L (exec.), Big Leroy (exec.), DJ Premier, Lord Finesse, Mike Heron, Pete Rock, Rich King (exec.), Ron Browz, Ron G, Shomari, Showbiz, Ysae

Big L chronology


Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous (1995)


The Archives 1996-2000 (2006)

The Big Picture is the second and final studio album by American rapper Big L, released in 2000 on Rawkus Records and Flamboyant Entertainment. The album was slated for a 1999 release, but it was delayed due to Big L's murder in early 1999. Recording sessions for the album primarily took place at D&D Studios in New York City during 1997 to 1998. The album features production work by DJ Premier Lord Finesse, Pete Rock and Showbiz, among others, and features vocal appearances from Fat Joe, Guru, A.G., Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Sadat X, O.C., and Remy Maas well as a posthumous verse by Tupac Shakur. The album features the popular single "Ebonics" (which was the last single released while Big L was alive). A music video was made for the song "Holdin' It Down".

The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It sold 72,549 copies in the first week of sales. The Big Picture received generally positive reviews from music critics.

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