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BIG L (Lamont Coleman) True Harlem Legend, Brings Hip-Hop Fans Far & Wide To Celebrate 140th Street Renaming

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A HISTORIC DAY IN HIP-HOP

Legendary New York rapper Big L has had a street renamed after him in his hometown of Harlem. Hundreds of his dedicated fans, family members and friends showed up on the street on Saturday to celebrate.

Once known as 140th and Lenox Ave is now officially Lamont “Big L” Coleman Way. This took place after a lengthy petition campaign put together by the producers of the Big L documentary. One spokesperson said, “It took a whole lot of effort and support to get to this great point. We made it happen.”

The team also announced in a statement on Instagram. “The biggest Thank You goes out to the dope 500 plus people who signed the petition so we could get the street renamed. There are entirely tooo many good people that gave their support. With all my heart, I personally want to say THANK YOU!!!!”

Big L is revered as one of the greatest lyricists in Hip-Hop of all time. He has been an influence the careers of countless rappers. 

Big L and Tupac joined forces for “Deadly Combination” from L’s second studio album “The Big Picture.”

FRIENDS & LEGENDS IN HIP-HOP

Funkmaster Flex stated that L was a better lyricist than both Biggie and Jay-Z. His career was cut short in 1999 when he was shot and killed outside of his residence in Harlem. I had a personal invite for the occasion by other Harlem Rap legends Herb Mcgruff and Stan Spit.

From Left To Right – Herb McGruff + Stan Spit

Herb Mcgruff and Stan Spit were both close friends of Lamont Coleman. They grew up on the same blocks as the late great and were a part of Big L’s legacy.

I spent the day with his partner in media Adot-Upt covering exclusive stories and interviews. These are the ones who knows the history and back stories of Big L’s life and rap career. We all know of the Big L – Jay Z story.

There is an unknown story about L that revolves around his insane recording deal. L was the first artist to ever secure a deal where he’d receive $10-$11 from a $12 record. Imagine how far Big L’s career would have went had his life not ended?

Big L would have been one of the biggest rappers in history if it weren’t for his premature death. Big L was murdered back in February 1999. He was just 24 years old. His 1995 project titled Lifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous would be his only released studio album.

In just one album, L established himself as the untouchable king of punchlines, delivered in his unmistakably aggressive compound flow.

Big L`s freestyles on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show (in 1995 with Jay-Z, and in 1998 solo) amassed major cult followings online and live on as the benchmark of the freestyle verse.

ADOT-UPT | SWAG 100 | STAN SPIT | HERB MCGRUFF

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Hip-hop icon DJ Kay Slay dead at 55: Keith Grayson passed after COVID battle

DJ KAY SLAY

Keith Grayson (August 14, 1966 – April 17, 2022), professionally known as DJ Kay Slay, was an American disc jockey (DJ) and record executive from New York City.

He is referred to by The New York Times as “Hip Hop’s One-Man Ministry of Insults”.[1][2] He released four studio albums, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2The Champions: North Meets South (with Greg Street), and More Than Just a DJ.

DJ KAY SLAY EARLY LIFE

A Picture Of DJ Kay Slay when he was actually known as “Dezzy Dez”

Keith Grayson was born August 14, 1966 in New York City, New York. Grayson was originally a prominent graffiti artist, having been featured in the 1983 hip hop documentary, Style Wars.

One of Grayson’s better known tags was “Dez”. As a youth involved in New York’s flourishing hip-hop scene, Keith witnessed firsthand the ascent of legendary disc jockeys such as Grandmaster FlashGrand Wizzard Theodore and Kool DJ Red Alert, in the late 1970s and into the 1980s.

“I didn’t so much set out to be a DJ,” he said. “It was just something to do that was fun and that I enjoyed doing.” 

With the decline of the graffiti movement in the late 1980s, Dez began dealing with narcotics and consequently ended up in jail by the late 1980s. Grayson was released from jail in 1990, and claims to have abstained from using drugs ever since. He is from East River Projects located in East Harlem, New York.

KAY SLAY CAREER

2003–2009: Streetsweeper series

DJ Kay Slay released his debut album, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, on 20 May 2003. In the summer of 2003, Kay Slay released a single, accompanied by a music video, for a song titled “Too Much For Me”. The single, which features a chorus sung by then-up-and-coming singer Amerie, also features verses from American rappers BirdmanNas and Foxy Brown.

The song peaked at number 53 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it the DJ’s highest charting single to date. The single’s music video includes cameo appearances by Swizz BeatzN.O.R.E.RaekwonWC and Lloyd Banks.

 Although the song was not a major success, its music video was aired on MTV Jams and BET. The “Too Much For Me” video did not feature Nas (because of Nas’ solo projects) or Baby; so Loon was featured instead. This replacement started a feud between Nas and Kay Slay.

STREETSWEEPER VOL1

On March 30, 2004, Kay Slay’s second album The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, was released. Another single and video were released for “Who Gives A…Where You From” with Three 6 Mafia, which peaked at number 89 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Kay Slay and the song were featured on the 2004 NFL Street video game.

STREETSWEEPER VOL2

2010–2022: More Than Just a DJ and Rhyme or Die

After releasing More Than Just a DJ in 2010, Rhyme or Die is scheduled for release in 2015. The album’s first two singles “60 Second Assassins” featuring Busta RhymesLayzie BoneTwista and Jaz-O and “The Kings of the Streets” featuring DJ KhaledDJ Drama, DJ Doo Wop and Fly Nate were released in 2011. In 2013, “About That Life” featuring FabolousT-PainRick RossNelly and French Montana was released as a single from Rhyme or Die.

It debuted and peaked at #54 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it one of Kay Slay’s most successful singles to date. In the beginning of 2014, “Free Again” was released featuring Fat Joe and 50 Cent, which came as a surprise for some seeing as how they had “beef” before, but have since reconciled.

In 2021 Dj Kay Slay released the track “Rolling 110 Deep” which featured 110 hip hop artists with contributing verses from Ice-TShaqCoke La RockKRS-OneKool G RapGhostface KillahRoy Jones JrOmar Epps and others like Harlem Legends Herb McGruff & Stan Spit.

MORE THAN JUST A DJ

ILLNESS + DEATH OF KAY SLAY

In January 2022, DJ Kay Slay’s brother said he was in the hospital after contracting COVID-19, but was “in a recovery state”.[5] He later died of complications from the disease on April 17, 2022, at the age of 55

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