Mac Miller’s “Street Struck” Big L tattoo.

Today marks the 13th anniversary of Harlem legend Big L's tragic passing (Hot 97 is currently doing a mix tribute right now), and Mac Miller - who was a huge fan of the rapper - spoke on his personal influence...

"My favorite record off that shit was “Street Struck.” It’s a complete next level shit. I have “Street Struck” tatted on my left arm. Musically, that beat is crazy. And you hear L kicking some knowledge.

...You talk to a hip-hop head and mention Big L, he’ll tell you he’s one of the greats. But I don’t think he gets as much acknowledgement from mainstream, commercial media. It’s hard to say, because there’s a lot, a lot of people who don’t get the acknowledgement from mainstream commercial media. My whole feeling is that L was on the verge of that crossover success—with what he was about to do with Jay-Z and his sound was advancing."

You can read the entire thing right here. SHAKE UPDATE: Hit the jump for the official trailer to Mac's upcoming video for Missed Calls.

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  • Grow Up

    MAC MILLER WAS PROBABLY STILL BREAST FEEDING WHEN L DIED

  • jjones

    and none of us was around when jimi hendrix was burning guitars. so what is your point?

  • CHEVYCHIME

    THE CLOSEST MAC MILLER HAS EVER COME TO BEING STREET STRUCK IS GETTING HIT BY THE SCHOOL BUS.

  • eddyk760

    Mac Miller doesn't have the right to talk about L... if you're a rapper, you needa have bars to say you're a fan of L hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/aubinbliss DynamicShots

    How does he not have the right to speak about Big L? It's a free country last time I checked dude..lol I'm not particularly the biggest fan of dudes music either but I think theres something wrong when a dudes paying a legend respect and niggas still tear him a new one about it.

  • http://facebook.com/AD1986 Armand.

    "Street Struck" is my favorite Big L track, can't front.

  • STO

    I can't hear the Big L influence in this kids music. RIP Big L, i hope you're not rolling in your grave because of this.

  • fuxwitme

    the first time I heard Big L was on the runaway slave album by showbiz & A.G. in 1992 and I was a huge fan ever since. Mac Miller probably wasn't even born then but if he can still relate to and understand the legacy of Big L it say's a lot about L's place in hip-hop history among the greats.

  • Chris

    Leave it to hip-hop fans to bash and criticize someone for paying respect to a legend.

    Just because you don't like someone's music doesn't mean everything they say or do is a horrible mistake.

  • gENi

    oh but we can, and oh but it is.. It's plain disrespectful to mention L in the same sentence with mac. Its one thing to acknowledge someone and its another to say they influenced your style. They only part of mac that is influenced by L is that fucking arm tat. Big L would of spit in mac millers face like cam'ron did to that bitch killa season.

  • Sformusic

    LOOL AT HIP HOP PURISTS !!!!!! I SWEAR DOWN FOR VERY "LIBERAL" GENRE , YOU GUYS ARE LIKE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY !!!!! FUCK MAN... I GUESS THATS THE REASON WHY RAPPERS LIKE MAC MILLER ARE STYLL HERE

  • josh

    The way mac miller happens to structures his bars is a lot like Big L's

  • j/\y h/\h

    I don't mess with Mac Miller like that, and couldn't name one song he's made. That having been said, I think it's dope that he's paying respect to a real hip-hop legend. Maybe you don't hear L's influence in Mac's style, but what exactly were expecting, him to try to be a Big L clone? For real, let that sh** breathe.

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    I stared at Grandmother and stopped chewing for a moment.