November 15, 2014

Big L "Uptown Renaissance" (The Source, April 1995)


"We first heard from him on the Lord Finesse remix of "Yes You May," after Lord Finesse overheard him rhyming on 125th street. Then it was on Showbiz and AG's "Represent," where he did just that. It was these first appearances on wax that gained him mad recognition in the underground world of hip-hop. Now that he's made a little noise in hip-hop, he's stepping into the spotlight to reclaim some of the ground he lost in the ongoing struggle between East and West. With the release of his debut album Lifestyles Uv Da Poor and Dangerous, Big L has plans for his uptown crew, Children of the Corn (Herb McGruff, Budda Bless, TWAN, Killa Kam, Trooper J, Terra and Mike Boogie), who want to bring acclaim back to Harlem." Read below for the full interview in the April, 1995 issue of The Source, where L claims he was the originator of "horror-core" with his "Devil's Son" single, info about his crew, Children of the Corn, production from the D.I.T.C. crew and his debut LP...