Still we took a big L losing Big L

from Joe Budden – Who killed Hip Hop Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Big L died in February 1999 just before his second album was released. On February 15, 1999 Big L was shot nine times involving the head and chest on 45 West 139th Street, just blocks away from his Harlem home. He died from his injuries. He was 24 years old. Police arrested a 29 year old suspect in relation to the slaying of Big L. It was reported in the New York Daily News that the murder may have been motivated by revenge against the rapper’s older brother (Big Lee) who was in prison at the time. The suspect was later released due to insufficient evidence. His brother (Big Lee) was eventually released from prison and also murdered. L’s tragic death comes off as one of the most tragic and overlooked because he died before he was about to be signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella records.

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