News: Joell Ortiz, DJ Enuff & Amanda Diva Pay Homage To Big L, "He Murdered Cats"

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 11:08AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Joell Ortiz, DJ Enuff and Amanda Diva have paid homage to the late rapper Big L as today marks the 11th anniversary of his passing.

Writing via Twitter, the Slaughterhouse member recited one of the New York rapper's famous rhymes.

"Battles I loose none I make crews run, I get fools done, got ten fingers but only use one. BIG L-One of the Best to do it. RIP. CuttingEdgeNote @JoellOrtiz I run up like Machine Gun Kelly w/ a black skully put 1 in ur belly leave ya smelly then take ur pelle pelle...#2 on my top ten" Ortiz wrote Monday, February 15th. (Joell Ortiz's Twitter)

DJ Enuff wrote a blog posting speaking on the rapper's death.

"When Big L Passed I was just a new jack at Hot97. I remember being on Sat. Nights 12 to 4am playing Ebonics like it was yesterday. And it being so good that it had to play also 8am during the Traffic Jam. I really didn't know him well. But his name rang bells all over the world. We called him the son of Finesse. He had similar flow and ill punch lines. Then just grew and grew and grew. Artist Like Big L defined the true meaning of the underground. If Columbia didn't know what to do with him then Flamboyant would go for it. All I know I was playing the flamboyant stuff more then the Columbia stuff on the radio. When L passed even the Columbia stuff seemed important now. We took for granted what great Lyrics and stories Big L told on that LP. He murdered Cats. He at the time was considered the best lyrical cat pound for pound. I kind of wanted to take you back into time: Check out this old news article on Big L's Death." (Thats Enuff)

Singer Amanda Diva also shared her reflections on Big L's legacy.

"RIP Big L! Flamboyant Entertainment FTW! "I'm so ahead of my time my parents aint met yet!,"" she wrote on Twitter. "@STUNNABOIMUSIC HUH? NO!! BIG L FROM 139TH/LENOX! HARLEM! 1 OF THE DOPEST MC'S TO DO IT!" (Amanda Diva's Twitter)

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 the track." (Big Pun The Legacy: The Lost Files)

The rapper was fatally shot 11 years ago in New York City.

Big L's best-known effort, the single "Ebonics," followed on his own Flamboyant label in the summer of 1998. Around the same time, he joined the Bronx-based hip-hop super group DITC (Diggin' in the Crates), appearing on their single, "Dignified Soldiers." 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. (All Music)

Check out some Big L footage down below:

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