Big L Shot And Killed


In The Crates member Big L was shot and killed in Harlem NYC.

He was only 24 years old. Police are still investigating a motive

and suspects connected to the killing. According to Officer Theresa

Farello of the New York City Police Department's Office of Public

Information, police responded to shots fired on the corner of

45 West 139th St. Sunday at 8:30 p.m. When officers arrived at

the scene they found Big L, born Lamont Coleman, "shot numerous

times in the head and chest." He was pronounced dead on the

scene. Big L established himself in the early 90s as a Diggin'

In The Crates member, which included Diamond D, Lord Finesse,

Showbiz & AG and Fat Joe. His on rhyme clique, Children Of

The Corn, boasted such members as rap superstar Mase and Cam'Ron.

L had just released Ebonics, which was a guide to the meanings

of the latest words for those who don't know, and its b-side Size

Em Up on Flamboyant Records, an independent label. He had just

finished recording an all-star album with Diggin' In The Crates

to be released by Tommy Boy Records in May. A spokesman for Tommy

Boy calls Big L's death "tragic." "It's always

sad when someone young, especially in the prime of their career

is killed," said a publicist. "It looked like '99 was

going to be a great year for Big L." I hope that this isn't

going to be a trend for Hip-Hop in the coming years yall. Let's

keep it all peace. Look for a tribute to Big L here in Real Audio

in the next couple of days.