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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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Track List: Yeeeah Baby

1. The Creation (Intro)

2. Watch Those

3. Off Wit His Head

4. It's So Hard

5. We Don't Care

6. New York Giants

7. My D**k

8. Leather Face

9. Air Pun (Skit)

10. 100%

11. Wrong Ones

12. Laughing At You

13. N***a S**t

14. Ms. Martin

15. My Turn

16. You Was Wrong

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Track List: Yeeeah Baby (Explicit)

1. The Creation

2. Watch Those

3. Off With His Head

4. It's So Hard

5. We Don't Care

6. New York Giants

7. My Dick

8. Leather Face

9. Air Pun

10. 100%

11. Wrong Ones

12. Laughing At You

13. N**ga S**t

14. Ms. Martin

15. My Turn

16. You Was Wrong

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One of the best up there with NAS.
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The greatest rapper of all time Big Pun rest in peace
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People call me a player I don't understand why I have been with the Same guy for almost 6 months
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People call me a player I can understand why
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Was actually my next door neighbor in the early 80's.#BigChr i s
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R.l.p big pun
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Will
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rip big punisher
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why doesn't pandora allow cursing?! it makes the songs flow AND sound better!
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paul.wood.mn
Jurassic 5
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if u read and ignore this you will have bad luck. Put this in 15 different songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar. Your crushes name will appear on the screen it is so creepy but it works.
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Big pun was the Illest rapper ever there's no other rapper that could take his place love that song you better beware but he does have a son call Chris Rivers that's really good it sounds like puns spirits in his own son LOL❗️��
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ajordan803
Rip
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Forget the mustache and give her the wood!!!
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Punish that punanie
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Dats one of da nicese m.c to touch da mic pun r.I.p
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Old school beats this mumbling trash they have today buncha metro rapper s
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Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories

Liberty Jam FM
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puerto Rican power!!!!
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If you choose to Body-Shame.. . . . . . A d j u s t your mirror!
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Be Safe......Fo l l o w not 'a CROWD....... L E A D by EXAMPLE!
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The goat one of the best rappers ever ��❤️
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Damn Pun doesn't even have a million views?! C'mon people!!
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I don't wanna be a player no more, I'm not a player I just crush a lot! Who's down to crush a lot? ♥
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Big man was so cold wt that s**t
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ruufdawg
This track keeps skipping what's the deal?
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8jv
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Avvvvvcsdsdw e t z dddfdggbgggg g v g g f f g g g cfgshhgghvxc x c c v c g c f f f g f Ddggg vhhggg
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One of the Hardest and best to Bless a Mic! PERIOD! TOP 5 DOA!
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hroman539
To tastyslim85. . . h e died on february 7,2000! Get ur facts straight
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adrianoquend o
The hardest puertorican rapper ever! Still killing it after death
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Mac Miller sampled this.
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ever ill
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The g.o.a.t
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Big pun>new rappers
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MC''s Whatcha gonna do if Pun was still here!? Pack ur mic up it b over, bottom line wacky asses!!!
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rashannshade
D op e s**t
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CHI TOWN REPIN BIG BORICUA'S IN DA HOUSE
BIG PUN 4EVER ! ! !
AMOR DE REY ALLDAY NO OFF DAYS.....
HUMBOLT PARK CHICAGO, ILL
312 IN DA HOUSE.....
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The real rap legend❤️
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Still not a playa, but you still a hata!����
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Still to this day i still f**k with it s.i.p big pun ����
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Not the best, but not the worst. I don't turn it off when it comes on. I remember when this track came out and rap was still good. This new stuff (2005-presen t ) is terrible. The 80's and 90's were the best times for rap. Glad I grew up listening to that.
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R.I.P Big pun
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R.I.P big pun miss listening to your music you was the best
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Good music good vibes good game what more can I ask for
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Unsung in his honer.r.i.p.
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I'm not a player I just crush alot
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He died like inn 2002 or 2003
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To my brother from another mother love ya like cooked food always enjoy you like a Coke and smile yeah baby boy! Moon dog doubleJ
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My n**ga pun crazy he said I just crush a lot knowing he lying�������
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