Big L was an American rapper born and raised in Harlem, New York, where he started his rapping career with Three the Hard Way. His first professional appearance came on Lord Finesse‘s “Yes You May (Remix)”. He released his debut album, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous in 1995, and significantly contributed to the underground hip hop scene. He created his own independent label, Flamboyant Entertainment, in 1998 where he released one of his best known singles “Ebonics” (1998).
On February 15, 1999, Coleman was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in his native Harlem. His second studio album, The Big Picture, was put together by Coleman’s manager, Rich King. It was released the following year and certified gold (taken verbatim from Wikipedia).
So put it on, Big L. Put it on.
Come on! Put it on and on and on.
Come on. Put it on, Big L. Put it on.
Come on. Put it on, represent, put it on. Come on!
- put on (sep. phrasal verb) – to make some specially; to produce and play a show, concert, etc. Did you hear the Lil Wayne is putting on a show in December? I can’t wait!
- other possible meanings
- hops (noun) – a slang word used in New York City during the 1990s. It’s similar to dude, bro, son, yute, etc.
- front (verb) – a slang word that means to insult or disrespect. Don’t come to my party and front! That’s a guaranteed way to get a black eye.
- other possible meanings
- nookie (noun) – having sex. Why are you so happy? Did you finally get some nookie?!
- rookie (noun) – a person who has just started a job or activity and is inexperienced. He’s only been a lawyer for 6 months, so he’s still a rookie.
- can’t take something (idiom) – to hate something; unable to tolerate something. It’s so hot in here. I can’t take it anymore! Can we please turn on the AC?
- youse (pronoun) – an informal way of saying, “You are” especially common in the northeast United States. Youse a cool dude!
- pissed (adjective) – very angry. Please don’t talk to me right now. I’m very pissed!
- break of dawn (idiom) – very early in the morning when the sun starts to rise. I have to wake up at the break of dawn, so I can’t stay up late.
- a must (idiom) – something that you must do, see, try, etc. San Francisco’s art culture is amazing. Visiting the galleries in the Mission District is a must.
- slick (adjective) – very cool and smooth. Her new car is slick!
Big L is a very confident rapper. He believes in his skills and abilities, and he’s not afraid to tell you what’s on his mind. Do you think confidence is a good thing? Is it possible to be too confident? What are the advantages of having self-confidence. Please write your responses in the comments below.