Guest Star: "Big L Was The Best, I Want Everybody To Know It & See It"

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011 5:05PM

Written by SOHH for Donald Phinazee

[As today marks the 12th anniversary of the death of championed lyricist Big L, the Harlemite's brother Donald Phinazee speaks on his late kin's undying legacy.]

How do I view my brother's legacy in today's times? That's a good question. I think with me putting out [last year's] Big L: Return of the Devil's Son, it's [making] even more of an impact on his legacy.

Big L was the best. I just want everybody to know it and see it. He was one of the best. He belongs up there with all the soldiers. He belongs in the Top 5 of all the fallen [rap] soldiers. And I've really, really tried to give people what they want. They want to hear the new music, they don't want to hear the same old music.

People still want to hear what they haven't heard from my brother before because they know he was a beast. So something like the Return of the Devil's Son CD helps make his legacy a little bit bigger and better, and that's what I've been trying to [do]. I've really tried to keep his legacy going.

I don't want my brother's legacy to stop until [his] very last song is played. And even after that, I want L's legacy to continue. I'm still putting out a Big L documentary, then another album, and more stuff. I'm just trying to keep it going. I'm just trying to keep my little brother's name out there.

That's the one thing I always told people I was dealing with. That's my main goal, I don't care about anything else. I want to keep my little brother's legacy because that's what he would have wanted and that's what the people want. He would always do what the people want.

My brother always looked out for the people. If they wanted something hot? Boom, there it go. He would give it to the people right here in the street. "You want something hot? Here, take this." He would do it anywhere, you know what I mean?

Donald Phinazee is the elder brother of late rapper Big L, who was fatally shot on February 15, 1999. With a mission to keep L's legacy alive, Donald released Big L: Return of the Devil's Son album in November 2010, and has plans to release an upcoming documentary entitled Street Struck, based on L's life.

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