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Big Pun

The first solo Latino rapper to go platinum, Big Punisher was also yet another member of the hip-hop community to fall victim to an early death -- though in his case, it was due to health problems, not violence. In contrast to his large frame, Big Pun was a surprisingly graceful and nimble rapper, delivering his often clever, tongue-twisting rhymes at a torrential pace. Big Pun was born Christopher Rios on November 10, 1971, and grew up in the South Bronx's Puerto Rican community. He endured a rough childhood in an unstable home, and moved out when he was 15, dropping out of high school around the same time. Still, he continued his education on his own, and became interested in rapping and breakdancing (he was a solid athlete during his teen years). In 1989, under the name Big Moon Dog, he and several friends formed a street-corner rap group called the Full a Clips Crew. He later changed his name to Big Punisher, after the Marvel Comics superhero, and caught his big break when he met and impressed fellow Bronx rapper Fat Joe in 1995. He guested on a couple of Fat Joe tracks, "Fire Water" (which also featured Raekwon) and "Watch Out," and following an appearance on Funkmaster Flex's The Mix Tape, Vol. 1, quickly made a name for himself in the underground community. He guested prominently on the Beatnuts' "Off the Books" in 1997, and also worked with B Real and Flesh-N-Bone. Pun scored an underground hit of his own with "I'm Not a Player" in 1997, and also contributed "You Ain't a Killer" to the Soul in the Hole basketball documentary. With Fat Joe's help, he secured a deal with Loud Records.

Big Pun's solo debut, Capital Punishment, was released in 1998 and debuted in the Top Five thanks to "Still Not a Player," a club-ready remix of "I'm Not a Player" that proved massively popular. Earning credibility in the hardcore rap world as well, Capital Punishment went on to sell over two million copies. The following year, Pun teamed up with his mentor, Fat Joe, and several up-and-coming MCs to form the Terror Squad, which released a self-titled debut album. Pun stayed in the public eye with guest work on records by Noreaga and Jennifer Lopez (the hit "Feelin' So Good," which also featured Fat Joe) while working on his second album. Unfortunately, his longtime struggles with overeating and obesity were beginning to get the better of him. At Fat Joe's urging, he checked into a weight-loss clinic in North Carolina, where he lost 80 pounds. However, he returned to the Bronx before finishing the program, and gained back everything he'd lost, plus some extra; reports had his weight fluctuating between 450-700 pounds during his last few years. Tragically, but perhaps not unpredictably, Big Punisher suffered a fatal heart attack on February 7, 2000; he was only 28 years old, and left behind a wife and three children. His completed second album, Yeeeah Baby, was released two months later to positive reviews and entered the charts at number three. 2001's Endangered Species was a compilation mixing hits, guest appearances, and unreleased material; it, too, was a Top Ten seller. Big Pun's life was the subject of the 2002 documentary film Still Not a Player. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Dam mm big pun r.i.p
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My jam!
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H say that he remembers wen BIG PUN wen to his never hood in Washington hight he was shing am love to all his dominican fan in uptown & H ask pun for a picher & he sed yes that ment a lot for H.
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I was in the twelfth grade when a dude named Chima passed me this C.D. Capitol Punishment he didn't like it but little did he know it was soon to be a classic Glamour Life was one of the hottest joints in history R.I.P. you BIGGIE represented NEW YORK to the fullest and always we listen to keep y'all relevant and in rotation and teaching what real Artist gave to be Kings To Bronx to Brooklyn it don't stop papi chulo!
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Man RIP PUN.. A lot of rappers lucky god took'em when he did cause he woulda tore a bunch of u sweet candy rappers apart. Lyrically economically and emotionally. . h e the big punisher for ever...
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RIP BIG PUN.
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Left us too soon...Imagi n e if he was still around 2day..$$$
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"Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know
that we riddled some middleman who didn't do diddily" sick! !!
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RIP aes
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Big Pun was another M.C. gone way to soon R.I.P
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I don't wanna be a player no more !!!!!
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He the best en todo el mundo r.I.p big pun...love u.!!!
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The beast gone to early
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dondes estan los Boricuas puneta !!!!!
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nicko252008
He really is the greatest hands down
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Pun is my #1 favorite mc. His word party, vocabulary, delivery was so F**king hard.
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RIP cool rapper
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This song is da BEST!!!!!! I wish they would play this song more on the radio.
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BUPP's hardest out radio
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Capital punishment ! Givin by the government! Any of your top three spit the truth like pun did? They was to worried about each other they forgot who the real enemie was ....logo luvin fagets.
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Big pun jams all day R.I.P BIG HOMIE ...I STAY SLAPPING YOUR MUZIC ALL DAY BIG DAWG ...WILMAS WEST HARBOR AREA SUR 13. ..WEST UP
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boricuas arriba pu#eta
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RIParadise TO ONE OF THE GREATEST
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One amazing lyrical artist and icon. r.i.p
Big pun. much love from the westside ��
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I love you big pin rest and peace
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Love love love this song miss you big pun
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uptown baby...uptow n . . . .
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R.I.P. BIG PUN // you will always be missed
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Big pun dope but Biggie Small The Illiest
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youngdezert
Pun better then big
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One of the best top 3 ever,,,,peri o d
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RIP Big Punisher
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#GoodVibes R.I.P Big Pun
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sgonz215.sg
THE HARDEST PR ARTIST PERIOD!#!#!# ! ! ! ! . If pun was alive right now?????
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He not a playa he just crush a lot..
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1.kiss your hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say your name
5.pick a school day
6.post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
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Love this guy so much made awesome s**t R.I.P. to Big Pun
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One of the best gone 2 early.. RIP BIG PUN
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if anyone don't have pun on there top five they shouldn't be listening to music R I P to one of the greatest of all time
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nfgfan150
Ariana Grande didn't steal the rhythm. It is called sampling and a lot of artists do it. It is a way to remind people of older music out there.
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Wow!
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So ariana stole the rythmn of the background music......
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Big pun the one and only son of tony montanna
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My b**ch got the meanest a**!!
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Yes. I'm. Player on your playground G.BABY want slide down your legs swing in your...... what can say love playground.
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Rip big punt
310 cpt
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Qué descanses en paz! BIG PUN BORICUA TO THE BONE.
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John Blaze !.... E/S UP
ANT A DAMM THANG CHANGED !.....
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RIP BIG PUN !...... WATTS ♥
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