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.