The Big Picture (Big L album)
|The Big Picture|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 11, 2000|
(New York City, New York)
|Genre||East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, underground hip hop|
|Label||Rawkus/ Flamboyant/ Priority|
|Producer||DJ Premier, Ron Browz, Ron G, Lord Finesse, Pete Rock, Shomari, Mike Heron, Ysae, Showbiz|
|Big L chronology|
|Singles from The Big Picture|
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.
It sold 72,549 copies in the first week.
The Big Picture has received critical acclaim. M.F. DiBella of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars. RapReviews' Steve Juon gave it eight out of ten stars. 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.
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. 
|1.||"The Big Picture" (Intro)||Lamont Coleman, Christopher Martin||DJ Premier||2:59|
|2.||"Ebonics (Criminal Slang)"||Coleman, Rondell Turner||Ron Browz||3:21|
|3.||"Size ’Em Up"||Coleman, Turner||Ron Browz||3:55|
|4.||"Deadly Combination" (featuring 2Pac)||Coleman, Ronald Bowser, Tupac Shakur||Ron G||2:32|
|5.||"'98 Freestyle"||Coleman||Lord Finesse||2:09|
|6.||"Holdin' It Down" (featuring A.G., Miss Jones & Stan Spit)||Andre Barnes, Coleman, Peter Phillips, Stan Draton, Tarsha Jones||Pete Rock||4:39|
|7.||"The Heist"||Coleman, Turner||Ron Browz||3:02|
|8.||"The Enemy" (featuring Fat Joe)||Coleman, Joseph Cartagena, Martin||DJ Premier||2:48|
|9.||"Fall Back" (featuring Kool G Rap)||Coleman, James Elite, Nathaniel Wilson, Shomari Jackson||Shomari||2:49|
|10.||"Flamboyant"||Bobby Ervin, Coleman, Gail Farrell, Mickael Heron||Mike Heron||3:07|
|11.||"Casualties of a Dice Game"||Coleman, Turner||Ron Browz||3:18|
|12.||"Platinum Plus" (featuring Big Daddy Kane)||Antonio Hardy, Coleman, Martin||DJ Premier||3:37|
|13.||"Who You Slidin' Wit" (featuring Stan Spit)||Coleman, Draton, Phillips||Pete Rock||4:13|
|14.||"Games" (featuring Guru & Sadat X)||Coleman, Derek Murphy, Keith Elam, Leroy Southwell||Ysae||4:32|
|15.||"The Heist Revisited"||Coleman, Robert Hall||Lord Finesse||3:01|
|16.||"The Triboro" (featuring Fat Joe, O.C. & Remy Ma)||Coleman, Cartagena, Omar Credle, Reminisce Mackie, Rodney Lemay||Showbiz||5:29|
- 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
|UK Albums (The Official Charts Company)||122|
|US Billboard 200||13|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||2|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||89|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|United States||August 1, 2000||Rawkus||CD||26136|
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- Juon, Steve (August 7, 2000). "Feature for August 6th, 2000 - Big L's "The Big Picture"". RapReviews. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
- "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.
- "Big L: The Big Picture: Flamboyant/Rawkus". Vibe. October 2000.
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