MIXTAPES: In Memory of Big L- "BIG L: HARLEM MASSACRE" & "THE BEST OF THE REST"
The spirit led me to Big L today. Well that and a daily visit to datpiff.com. "BIG L: Harlem Massacre" presented by Pro-Act is an essential collection of Big L's freestyles, rare & unreleased singles and interviews with some of the best in hip hop radio. Bobbito Garcia, Kay Slay and Tim Westwood among them. Many of the freestyles had me on rewind and it was great hearing Big L interact with the hosts and other emcees. One of the rare singles entitled "We All Can't Ball feat Liz Lucci & Richie Thumbs" got my attention and I did a search to find more background on that single and found yet another recent release in honor of Harlem's Finest.
In a collaboration between The T.R.O.Y. Blog and BigLOnline,"The Best of The Rest", delves even deeper into the archives for even MORE greatness. This 12 track compilation "showcases a dozen varied highlights of live performances and rare/unreleased tracks by Big L. It spans from his first recordings in 1992 to his last live show in 1998. The link found at THEDIGGERSUNION.COM also posts background on every track.