Fans gather in Harlem for Big L Street renaming ceremony
Big L’s legacy lives on.
More than two decades after his untimely death, the legendary rapper has been honored with a ceremonial street name change in Harlem. News of the tribute broke earlier this month, after the team behind the official documentary Big L, street stucklaunched a petition campaign.
“It took a lot of effort and support to get to this awesome point, but as a collective, we made it,” the Instagram announcement read. “The biggest thank you goes to the over 500 people from Dope who signed and circulated the petition so we can get this street renamed. There are too many good people who have given their support, so with all my heart, I personally want to say THANK YOU!!!!
On Saturday, friends and fans gathered for the unveiling of a street sign at 140th and Lenox Avenue, now known as “Lamont ‘Big L’ Coleman Way.” You can see videos and photos from the event below.
Big L started making waves in the 1990s, when he co-founded Harlem hip-hop group Children of the Corn alongside Mase, Cam’ron, Bloodshed and McGruff. He then released his first album, Poor & Dangerous Lifestylez, in 1995 with guest appearances from Jay-Z, Kid Capri, Grand Daddy IU, and more. His second album, The big picturewas released in August 2000, more than a year after Big L was shot and killed at the age of 24.
Gerard Woodley, the man long suspected of Big L’s murder, was shot and killed in 2016.
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