February 18, 2017

Big L "Focus On The Real" + "Mr. MVP" (EP, 1997)

Big L Focus On the Real Advert

Big L's 'Focus On The Real' advert is still one of my favorite ads ever released for an album. If I remember right, Danny Clinch was behind the iconic images shot for artwork on 'Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous.' I've been a fan since 1992 and it still saddens me that we lost such a true talent, especially before he'd reached his peak. If you've never heard it, check out the limited release entitled 'Mr. MVP EP,' which features a few tracks that used to be (pre-internet) fairly hard to find. It's available to listen below. Rumors say it's being officially released in different packaging, I'll keep an eye out of for that, too. Rest in Peace, Big L. Where do you rank Big L? Top 5? 10? 20?