Big L's First Posthumous Single Arrives

More than a year after Big L was gunned down in New York City, the first single from the rapper's posthumous solo album will arrive at the end of the month.

"Flamboyant" will be released on May 30 as the first single offering from L's posthumous LP, "The Big Picture." Roc Raida of the X-ecutioners constructed the track for the single's b-side, a track called "On The Mic."

Other producers that turn up on "The Big Picture" include Gang Starr's DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Rondell, and L's fellow D.I.T.C. members Show, Buckwild, and Lord Finesse. The LP is slated for a July 25 release and features guest shots by O.C., Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Gang Starr's Guru, and Kool G Rap.

Big L, born Lamont Coleman, was shot and killed last February in the Harlem area of New York City (see "Fat Joe Associate Big L Dead At 22"). The rapper was gunned down in front of his home on West 139th St. and was pronounced

dead at the scene.

The young rapper was part of the group Diggin' In The Crates which also includes Fat Joe, O.C., Diamond D, Lord Finesse, and Showbiz & AG. Big L was also known for underground hits like "Ebonics" and "Hit 'Em Up." D.I.T.C. released its debut album earlier this year, featuring several Big L tracks. That album hit stores almost a year to the day after L's untimely death.