The Big Picture (Big L album)

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The Big Picture
A man wearing a black shirt, a black hat, glasses, and a chain with a cross on it is pointing his finger like a gun
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 11, 2000 (2000-07-11)
StudioD&D Studios
(New York City, New York)
GenreEast Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, underground hip hop
LabelRawkus/ Flamboyant/ Priority
ProducerDJ Premier, Ron Browz, Ron G, Lord Finesse, Pete Rock, Shomari, Mike Heron, Ysae, Showbiz
Big L chronology
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
The Big Picture
Big L: The Archives 1996–2000
Singles from The Big Picture
  1. "Ebonics/Size 'em Up"
    Released: October 18, 1998
  2. "Holdin' it Down"
    Released: March 11, 2000
  3. "Flamboyant"
    Released: May 30, 2000
  4. "Platinum Plus"
    Released: September 24, 2001
  5. "Deadly Combination"
    Released: 2002

The Big Picture is the second and final studio album by American rapper Big L. The album was slated for a 1999 release, but due to L's murder, it was posthumously released on July 11, 2000 on Rawkus Records. It was incomplete at the time of Big L's death, and was posthumously completed by his manager and partner in Flamboyant Entertainment, Rich King. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily at D&D Studios in New York City, New York during 1996 to 1998. It was produced by DJ Premier, Ron Browz, Ron G, Lord Finesse, Pete Rock, Shomari, Mike Heron, Ysae, and Showbiz. The Big Picture features appearances from Fat Joe, Guru, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane and 2Pac. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in October 2000.[1]

It sold 72,549 copies in the first week.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]
Vibe3.5/5 stars[6]

The Big Picture has received critical acclaim. M.F. DiBella of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars.[3] RapReviews' Steve Juon gave it eight out of ten stars.[4] Rolling Stone gave it three and a half stars out of five. Many[who?] say that it is one of the most underrated hip hop albums of all time.[5]


The track "The Enemy", featuring fellow New York rapper Fat Joe, talks about the NYPD in a negative way, "criticizing its provoking and shady ways", according to April Park of the Riverfront Times. [7]

Track listing[edit]

Writers by Allmusic.[8]

1."The Big Picture" (Intro)Lamont Coleman, Christopher MartinDJ Premier2:59
2."Ebonics (Criminal Slang)"Coleman, Rondell TurnerRon Browz3:21
3."Size ’Em Up"Coleman, TurnerRon Browz3:55
4."Deadly Combination" (featuring 2Pac)Coleman, Ronald Bowser, Tupac ShakurRon G2:32
5."'98 Freestyle"ColemanLord Finesse2:09
6."Holdin' It Down" (featuring A.G., Miss Jones & Stan Spit)Andre Barnes, Coleman, Peter Phillips, Stan Draton, Tarsha JonesPete Rock4:39
7."The Heist"Coleman, TurnerRon Browz3:02
8."The Enemy" (featuring Fat Joe)Coleman, Joseph Cartagena, MartinDJ Premier2:48
9."Fall Back" (featuring Kool G Rap)Coleman, James Elite, Nathaniel Wilson, Shomari JacksonShomari2:49
10."Flamboyant"Bobby Ervin, Coleman, Gail Farrell, Mickael HeronMike Heron3:07
11."Casualties of a Dice Game"Coleman, TurnerRon Browz3:18
12."Platinum Plus" (featuring Big Daddy Kane)Antonio Hardy, Coleman, MartinDJ Premier3:37
13."Who You Slidin' Wit" (featuring Stan Spit)Coleman, Draton, PhillipsPete Rock4:13
14."Games" (featuring Guru & Sadat X)Coleman, Derek Murphy, Keith Elam, Leroy SouthwellYsae4:32
15."The Heist Revisited"Coleman, Robert HallLord Finesse3:01
16."The Triboro" (featuring Fat Joe, O.C. & Remy Ma)Coleman, Cartagena, Omar Credle, Reminisce Mackie, Rodney LemayShowbiz5:29


Credits for The Big Picture adapted from Allmusic.[9]

  • Louis Alfred III — mixing
  • Big Daddy Kane — performer
  • Big L — executive producer, performer
  • Bob Brown — engineer
  • Ron Browz — producer
  • Rob Dinero — composer, engineer
  • DJ Premier — executive producer, producer
  • Fat Joe — performer
  • 2Pac - performer, writer
  • Mike Heron — executive producer, producer
  • Kool G Rap — performer
  • Lord Finesse — executive producer, mixing, producer
  • Eric Lynch — engineer
  • Miss Jones — performer
  • Pete Rock — producer
  • Sadat X — performer
  • Shomari — producer
  • Duncan Stanbury — mastering
  • Max Vargas — engineer
  • Carlisle Young — mixing
  • YSAE — producer


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
UK Albums (The Official Charts Company)[10] 122
US Billboard 200[11] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 2

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[13] 89


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States August 1, 2000 Rawkus CD 26136
Cassette tape


  1. ^ "American album certifications – Big L – The Big Picture". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 25, 2011. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  2. ^ Berry, Jahna (August 11, 2000). "Street Buzz, Duets Fuel Sales of Big L's The Big Picture". Vh1. MTV Networks. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  3. ^ a b DiBella, M.F. "Review: The Big Picture - Big L". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Juon, Steve (August 7, 2000). "Feature for August 6th, 2000 - Big L's "The Big Picture"". RapReviews. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Big L: The Big Picture: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. RealNetworks. August 22, 2000. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "Big L: The Big Picture: Flamboyant/Rawkus". Vibe. October 2000.
  7. ^ Park, April (September 13, 2000). "Big L: The Big Picture (Rawkus/Flamboyant)". Riverfront Times. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Big Picture - Big L". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Credits: The Big Picture at AllMusic. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  10. ^ "Chart Log UK: Darren B – David Byrne". MusicWeek & UKChartPlus. Retrieved December 4, 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  11. ^ "Big L Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  12. ^ "Big L Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "2000 Year-End Charts – Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Big L – The Big Picture". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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