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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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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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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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Don't read this
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Truly amazing one of the greatest
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rip������
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I didn't know pandora had comments
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BORICUA!.... M O R E N A ! . . . . B I G PUN HIT'EM WITH THE BIG GUN!....CLAS S I C !
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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 do this you will die in two days. Put this in at least 5 more songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works.
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Bx ny bronx boma Big pun
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Youuuuuuuuuu better turn this up !!!
Rip the mic punisher
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Kiss your hand 20 times say your crushes name post this on 2 other songs tomarow you will get kissed or asked out
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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 do this you will die in two days. Put this in at least 5 more songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works
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Rest in peace big pun
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My dads your friend
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Follow for follow
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Follow for follow
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Follow for follow
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Soundcloud.c o m / j o h n - b a s e m e n t got dat real hiphop!
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Twinz. Best song ever.
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I loveyoualway s h a v e
Thewaytolive i n
0theway2
Xb sih
3h.je
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Follow me on instagram ayee420 I'll follow back
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I'm not a player I just stay single a lot !!!
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RIP BIG PUN ONE OF THE BEST RAPPERS FROM G.STACKS REPPING GCT/7320 LIMELYTE RECORDS/BROO K L Y N D O N Z 718
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Yeah just got out tha Bing when this joint dropped...Om g b**ches everywhere
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