R.I.P. Lamont "Big L" Coleman
May 30, 1974 - February 15, 1999
(HFTB Disclaimer: Long Post alert.)
What's up my good people? In light of the events that transpired Friday night, I took a little break this weekend to get my shit together. The best part is that I'm off work tomorrow, so Happy President's Day all! Shouts to Barack.
I'm all ABOUT long weekends, so let's see what else is going down..
I can't believe it, but today marks the 10-year anniversary of Big L's tragic murder. The Harlem-born lyricist was one of the slickest on the mic but his career was ended prematurely after recording only 2 studio albums, Lifestylez of the Poor & Dangerous and the posthumous The Big Picture.
Still, his impact as a member of Children of the Corn with Cam'ron, Bloodshed and McGruff and Diggin' In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) with Showbiz, AG, Fat Joe, Lord Finesse, O.C., Diamond D and Buckwild plus as a solo artist reigns supreme in hip-hop to this day. I've uploaded some of my personal favorites from the flamboyant MC, showcasing his unparalled freestyle ability, punch-line stylistics and flashy, creative lyrics. Hip-hop misses you, L. R.I.P.
Flippin it to sports real quick, the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest went down last night. Nate "KryptoNate" Robinson of the New York Knicks, at just 5'9'', won his second title (literally) over last year's champ "Superman" Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. Though Howard completed an insane slam on a 12-foot backboard, Nate took the cake after he jumped over the 6'11'' Howard before dunking it home. Talk about ups! Peep this link for a highlight video.
What would a HFTB post be without some new music? It'd be blasphemous, that's what it' be. So we'll keep it righteous this week with a blazing Blu mixtape, Her Favorite Colo(u)r. Download below to vibe out to the Cali native's imagery-laced poetics and heartfelt content. Big props to the wonderful homie SHE for the hook up.
Also, I scooped a fresh Talib Kweli track ripped from DJ Premier's show on Sirius XM. "My Favorite Song," produced by Statik Selektah, will be on the soundtrack to Xbox 360's Grand Theft Auto: Lost and Damned.
Before I go, I spotted some events at the homie TECHIE's blog that I'm dumb excited for. I was surprised to read that The Roots will be taking some time during their busy schedule as Jimmy Fallon's Late Night house band to take up a residency at Highline Ballroom NYC. The band's "The Jam" start Thursday, March 5th, two days after my born day, so I've already grabbed me some tickets for their residency debut. Check out Highline's site for info.
And lastly, Tri-State sneaker heads should be amped for SneakerCon NYC, a new convention for all things footwear. Taking place Sunday, March 1st at the Times Square Arts Center, SneakerCon will have around 30 vendors and feature never-before-seen Nikes and more. Save the date on the flyer below, this should be a good ass time.
Thanks to Techie once again for the event info and SHE for the Blu tape, and Eskay, Shake, and Mick Boogie and Co for the other good vibrations, Enjoy!
Download: Blu - Her Favorite Colo(u)r
Other Links in the Cbox --->
Talib Kweli - My Favorite Song prod. Statik Selektah
Big L - Ebonics
O.C. ft. Big L - Dangerous
Big L - MVP (DJ Premier Summer Smooth Mix)
Big L & Jay-Z - 7 Minute Freestyle
Big L - Put It On
Big L ft. Tupac - Deadly Combination
Big L - '98 Freestyle (Parts 1 & 2)
Big L ft. McGruff, I Born, C.L. Smooth - NY Freestyle
Big L - Size 'Em Up
Big L - Flamboyant
D.I.T.C. - Day One
D.I.T.C. - Internationally Known
D.I.T.C. - Thick
D.I.T.C. - Tribute [L's not on this but it's a tribute from his D.I.T.C. brethren]
Children of the Corn - Danger Zone
Children of the Corn - The Corn
The Roots present: The Jam
Starting March 5th
Produced by: Jill Newman Productions
All Shows Start @ 11:30
Doors open @ 11
$10.00 in advance
$10.00 in advance
$12.00 day of show.
431 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
Between 9th and 10th Ave