The world of hip hop was deprived of a charismatic rapper in a cold winter of 1999, after Lamonte Coleman aka Big L was gunned down at the cursed age of 25 (see 2pac and Biggie) in the streets of Harlem. In “Street Struck” L is saying that the only opportunity the streets are offering is selling drugs or robbing stores and houses and he tells how he got away from the dangers of the hood after starting a career in hip hop but ironically in the end the streets took this gifted lyricist away.
The ghetto shapes who you are and brings out your worst self if you want to survive. Peer pressure affects everybody if you’re growing in the hood and there is no escape from gang banging and making fast money to avoid mockery of your peers and to pay the bills.
A great storyline with a dope hip hop beat. Check it out! (Full lyrics here).
R.I.P Big L