Big L ‘Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 28th March 1995

Label: Columbia

Producers: Buckwild, Lord Finesse, Showbiz, Craig Boogie

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous is the debut studio album by American hip hop artist Big L. Released March 28, 1995 on Columbia Records, it is Big L’s only album to be released during his lifetime. Recording sessions took place primarily at Powerplay Studios in Queens, New York in mid-to-late 1994. Production was handled by Buckwild, Lord Finesse, Showbiz and Craig Boogie.

The album debuted at number 149 on the US Billboard 200 and number 22 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, but did not chart internationally. Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous spawned three singles: “Put It On”, “M.V.P.”, and “No Endz, No Skinz”, the first two both peaked within the top 25 on the US Hot Rap Tracks and Hot Dance Singles Sales. Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from music critics, earning praise for Big L’s lyricism and wordplay, and is now considered by many fans as a classic album. As of August 2000, the album has sold 200,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.”

Additional info:

- The album comes in at #25 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1995.

- The track ‘Put It On’ (released as a single the year prior) appears on our Classic Material 1994 Mixtape.

- The track ‘Put It On’ appears on our 1994 Rap Megamix.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

Listen: Spotify / Youtube

Purchase: Discogs

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