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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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I'm not playa I just crush a lot.
The best ever.R.I.P.
Wat
Rip
We lost some real good rappers in the game everybody listen to Aaliyah's new Album The Aaliyah Duets Album that s**t is good
Love this song Puerto Ricans and Dominicans Stand up oh yeah
Rip if only he was healthy!
YEEEEEEEEEAA A A A A A BABEEEEEEEEE E E E E Y !
Love this song. R.I.P
R i p to big pun we lost one of the best rapper in the game
One of the best rapper ever!
rest easy ��☝️
my shittttttttt t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t
Big pun was the best rapper out at this time what happen to the real rappers
Miss BIG PUN was very talented!
Be easy papa. Real music.
noelmatire
Whoever writes these should stab himself in the throat.
Best rapper to ever do it nobody still aint seein pun..punflow s f**kin timeless !!
Anyone diss big pun its off wit his head!!!! miss him childhood music for me
Pun was the S**t Son!!!!
R.I.P Twin The Bronx misses you !
Rip Manito
june1330
UN AMOR PAI.... BORICUAAAAAA A A ! .
Best ever
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Love dis mothfucking PR 1oo% boricua in the house
mack remixed it. yall ignant
PR for. Life
This track is off da chain! Rest in peace, Big Pun.
Follow me if I'm right I'll follow back
Mac miller and ariana grande copied him on "the way"
raynelson172
Pun would have made a lot of these rappers quit the game.
maximo_ubill a
Pandora has off the books as bigpun. Get it right you dummies, it's a beatnuts track
Check out Chris Rivers his son
when he walked into Roscoes, it was the same situation. it was a lupe fiasco. there were literally live chickens running out the back of the restaurant. he literally waffled down every single f**kin waffle. waffling down waffles!! every drop of syrup was gone too. he hoovered it!
dude, pun shut it down.. literally, when he waddled into mickey deez, they would literally have to close the place, cuz he ate all the food. There wasn't a big mac left in a 420 mile radius. he made the grimace actually grimace. thats hard to do. lets not get into the mess he left in the restroom. it ws atleast 5 courtesy flushes, and it still wasn't curtious enough. ha the janitor walked in later and quit like i didn't sign up for this s**t.
bcalhoun78
@ 420dgk shut ur b**ch made a** da f**k. Stop hatin on dude & worrying bout another man dick f**got
Pun is a hell of an artist. He's dead because he chose not to be a puppet making millions!!!!
Round
12
He needed GPS just 2 locate his dong f**k a diet coke. He needed a diet of coke.
He may not be a player but any chick he gets on top of will get crushed dude was700 PDA of blubber He was so fAt he wore a red shirt an was called kook aid man lol j/k
big mac
Big pun R.I.P
The bronx misses you
If Pun ain't in your top 5, your either under21 or a f**kin herb
Pistol whipper
RIP Pun! Puerto Rico all day! Boricua papi!
Miss him the music one of kind RIP
yo ....100%pori c a n
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