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Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Studio album by Big L

Released

28 March 1995

Recorded

1993-1995 at Powerplay Studios (Queens, New York), Unique Studios (New York City, New York) and Chung King Studios (New York City, New York)

Genre

Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, underground hip hop

Length

48:42

Label

Columbia

Producer

Buckwild, Craig Boogie, Lord Finesse, Showbiz

Big L chronology

Next album

The Big Picture (2000)

Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous is the debut album by American rapper Big L, released in 1995 on Columbia Records. After being discovered by Lord Finesse, Big L signed with Columbia in 1993 and started work on the album. Recording sessions took place mostly at Powerplay Studios in Queens, New York from 1993 to 1995. Production was handled by Buckwild, Lord Finesse, Showbiz and Craig Boogie. The album features appearances from a young Cam'ron (credited as Killa Kam on "8 Iz Enuff") and Jay-Z (on "Da Graveyard").

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 the albums release, the album received average reviews from music critics, earning praise for Big L's lyrics, but not for the production. As of August 2000, the album has sold 200,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Due to Big L's murder in 1999, it is the only album released by him during his lifetime.

TracklistEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Put It On" Big L, Kid Capri Best, Coleman Buckwild 3:39
2. "M.V.P." Big L Coleman, DeBarge, Hall, Jordan Lord Finesse 3:40
3. "No Endz, No Skinz" Big L Coleman, LeMay Showbiz 3:30
4. "8 Iz Enuff" Big L, Terra, Herb McGruff, Buddah Bless, Big Twan, Killa Kam, Trooper J, Mike Boogie

Best, Buddah Bless, Coleman, Herb McGruff, Killa Kam, Mike Boogie, Terra, Trooper J, Twan

Buckwild 4:59
5. "All Black" Big L Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 4:21
6. "Danger Zone" Big L, Herb McGruff Best, Coleman Buckwild 3:38
7. "Street Struck" Big L Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 4:10
8. "Da Graveyard" Big L, Lord Finesse, Microphone Nut, Jay-Z, Party Arty, Grand Daddy I.U. Best, Coleman Buckwild 5:24
9. "Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous" Big L, Herb McGruff Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 3:22
10.  "I Don't Understand It" Big L Coleman, LeMay Showbiz 4:21
11. "Fed Up wit the Bullshit" Big L Coleman, Hall Lord Finesse 3:53
12. "Let 'Em Have It "L"" Big L Coleman, Rollins Craig Boogie 3:58

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