News: D.I.T.C.'s O.C. & A.G. Refuse Big L Tribute Songs, "It Kinda F*cks Me Up"
Monday, Dec 28, 2009 5:30PM
Diggin' in the Crates' O.C. and A.G. recently shared their thoughts on the popularity behind tribute songs for dead rappers and explained why they would not follow suit for a new Big L record.
In light of tribute tracks like Jadakiss' "Letter to B.I.G.," O.C. said he would pass on a track for the fallen group member.
"I wouldn't do it, honestly," he revealed in an interview. "A lot of people are doing the letters to Big and I'm not knocking what they do. But, are you doing it because you genuinely love this dude or because somebody told you it would garner you a lot of attention? I'm not feelin' that." (XXL Mag)
A.G. also felt there was no need to saturate hip-hop with tributes.
"And also, we did a tribute song to Big L on the D.I.T.C. album," he added. "Me, Finesse and O are the ones who perform that and I'm going to be honest with you, every time we perform that it kinda f*cks me up. I don't want to keep doing songs like that because it's really authentic to me. I guess we're too stuck in our ways. My best friend Party Arty passed away last year and we still haven't done anything like that because it's a little too real. Not knocking dudes who do because they may be genuine. But in this day and age, everything is so watered down that it may be taken as a gimmick instead of genuine feeling." (XXL Mag)
Redman recently scolded Jay-Z for not paying homage to L at his concerts.
"Big L man, y'all n*ggas is f*cking wildin'," Red said in an interview. "Yo Jay man, that n*gga Jay need to give that sh*t up to Big L anytime he's saying anything about man, doing them shows when he have Big Pun in there, he should have Big L up in that b*tch as well. I wanted to do all them on one song and just so happens Eminem gave me track." (Big Pun The Legacy: The Lost Files)
Prior to his death in 1999, L gained fame from his association with DITC.
A member of Fat Joe's DITC crew, rapper Big L was born Lamont Coleman on May 30, 1974. He made his solo debut with 1995's Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, scoring a series of underground hits including "No Endz, No Skinz," "Street Struck" and "Da Graveyard"; Big L's best-known effort, the single "Ebonics," followed on his own Flamboyant label in the summer of 1998. On the evening of February 15, 1999, Big L was shot and killed just blocks away from his Harlem home; he was just 24 at the time of his death. Both the DITC album Worldwide and the second Big L solo effort, The Big Picture, followed in 2000. (All Music)
Check out Redman speaking on Big L below: