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Hip hop artist Big L honoured with renaming of street in Harlem

Fans gathered to witness the unveiling of the street sign “Lamont ‘Big L’ Coleman Way”

  • Words: Becky Buckle | Image: Oska05
  • 30 May 2022
Hip hop artist Big L honoured with renaming of street in Harlem

Over two decades since the death of hip hop rapper Big L, a street in Harlem has been renamed “Lamont ‘Big L’ Coleman Way” in his honour.

The unveiling ceremony took place on Saturday seeing fans gathering to watch.

Big L, whose real name was Lamont Coleman, was known for co-founding the Harlem hip-hop group Children of the Corn alongside Mase, Cam’ron, Bloodshed, and McGruff.

In 1995 he released his debut album, 'Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous', which featured Jay-Z, Kid Capri and more.

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The sign that has been changed is on the corner of W 140th Street and Lenox Avenue in New York which is also close to where Coleman was shot and killed in 1999.

To continue his legacy, earlier this month a team behind the official Big L documentary, Street Stuck, launched a petition campaign to get the tribute. Read their statement below.

Watch the street sign unveiling below.

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In celebration of what would have been Big L's 48th birthday today, Street Struck have posted on Instagram saying "I hope you and the Rest of the Klan up there Enjoyed seeing Harlem come out and Celebrate your early birthday gift of your street renaming."

The statement adds: "There's a few more Great steps we plan to do in your name to help strengthen and solidify your Families Legacy."

The man suspected of murdering Big L, Gerard Woodley, was shot and killed in 2016.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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