Previously unreleased recordings from slain underground rapper Big L will land in stores on Tuesday (Aug. 1).
Big L (born Lamont Coleman) completed The Big Picture shortly before he was killed a year and a half ago, and another slain rapper, Tupac Shakur, joins him on the song "Deadly Combination."
Other guests on The Big Picture include rappers Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Sadat X (of Brand Nubian), Gang Starr's Guru and Fat Joe. DJ Premier and Pete Rock are among the disc's producers.
Big L was a major figure in the East Coast underground scene. His 1995 solo debut, Lifestyles Ov Da Poor and Dangerous (featuring the then-undiscovered rappers Cam'ron and Ma$e), sold more than 200,000 copies, and his 1998 single "Ebonics" (RealAudio excerpt), released on his own label, Flamboyant, was an underground hit.
Big L was gunned down near his apartment in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Feb. 15, 1999. Police have said his assailant may have been retaliating against one of Big L's two jailed brothers. Gerard Woodley, 30, of the Bronx, N.Y., has been charged with second-degree murder.
This week's new releases also include a battle of rap acronyms. Former Florida drug-dealer-turned-Christian-rapper D.C.P. offers Our Time to Shine, while Atlanta's P.A. come out with My Life, Your Entertainment.
P.A., which stands for Parental Advisory, hail from the home of revered rap groups Goodie MOb and OutKast. P.A. use Goodie MOb's acclaimed Southern styling throughout their third album. "Problems" features Khujo, and "My Time 2 Go" has Cee-Lo from the MOb.
The P.A. crew of K.P., Mello and Big Reese also remix "Dope Stories" (RealAudio excerpt) from 1998's Straight No Chase on the new disc. Noreaga, Pimp C of UKG and Big Gipp of Goodie MOb guest on the cut.
P.A.'s debut album, Ghetto Street Funk, was released in 1992.
D.C.P. (born Bennie Lee Tucker) reaches out to fans of gospel-flavored rap on Our Time to Shine.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native broke into the hip-hop world with a guest spot on Christian rapper L.G. Wise's 1997 disc, G's Us 4 Life. According to his official bio, D.C.P. chose religion over drug dealing with Wise's help. In fact, Wise gave D.C.P. his street name, which stands for Demon Cap Peeler.
D.C.P. released his solo debut, Last Saint, in 1998 and followed with Ghetto Preacha in 1999, both on Grapetree Records.
The first single from D.C.P.'s latest LP will be its title track, "Our Time To Shine," a label spokesperson said.