Although over a week ago, Hip Hop fans mourn the loss of Gilda "Pinky" Terry, known to listeners as the mother of late Harlem emcee Big L. Terry died on February 10, just five days before it had been nine years since her son's passing.
As recently as two years ago, Terry had remained a Harlem resident, still living on the 139th Street block known as "The Danger Zone," where two of her sons were murdered: Lamont (Big L) and Leroy (Big Lee). Both of the brothers were co-founders in Flamboyant Entertainment, an imprint started in the late '90s, which, along with Rawkus Records, would release the posthumous The Big Picture in 2000.
At the time of her death, Terry, along with her attorneys and the advising counsel of Big L mentor Lord Finesse, managed the estate. In recent years, there were disputes between parties over the ownership of these tracks. One publicized dispute was between producer Digga, known for his early work with Cam'ron and Jay-Z and the estate, over the material from Children of the Corn, a short-lived group of Big L, Cam'ron, Ma$e, McGruff and Bloodshed that was celebrated on mid-'90s mixtapes in New York.
There is no word of the present ownership of the masters. Throughout the last five years, both Ms. Terry and Lord Finesse had alluded to another Big L album as well as an effort from D.I.T.C.
Albeit a week late, HipHopDX extends our sympathies to the Coleman and Terry families, D.I.T.C. and all those who had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Terry.