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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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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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Forever a legend
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Best fu@&$ing rapper to ever lived if still alive most of your favorite artist wouldn't be rapper much respect r.i.p #long live pun
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R.I.P. my boy ��your the real legend #willalwaysl i v e
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R.I.P BIG PUN...Bx stand up!!!
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Too nice
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Number one real s**t
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Love his spirit in the Latin world.
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RIP Tio����
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jamieb12871
Still not a player
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Big Pun tha Moon Dog n N**gaz On tha Run Eattin ( N.O.R.E.)
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One of the best lyricist ever R.I.P Big Pun forever
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this niqqa was a giant from new york no pun intended..
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Bx.stañd up.boricua.b a b y
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Pun was the greatest lyricist of all times
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one of my fave emcees of all time R.I.P Pun
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Nice cut. R.I.P. PUN
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Picking up where pops left off. Pun son is nice!
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Hope you forever chill in paradise Pun <3
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jamieb12871
Missed
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Everyday..N* * G A CHIEEF KEEF...AND.. . " D O N T LIKE."...F*R T . N!##A..b**ch . . N ! # # @ . . . . @ C E . . B X CYPRESS141.. .
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"ChrIS HOMES 12..& KARP DAVID 7 are...POPO.. . . P P L . . W A T C H O U T NOW...PPLS.. P L U K E EM IN "DA BUTT HOLE "..and SQUEELE....� � S...��SSSSS. . L O L . L O L . L O L . L O L . . . . . . . A C E . . B X . . C Y P R E S S 1 4 1 . . .
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"BIG PUNS" SON STEPPIN. UP HIS GAME ON DA RAP MUSIC..DATS GOOD LETS SEE ...HOPE HE GOOD ....LIKE ..POP.DUKE.. . . . A C E . . B X CYPRESS141.. .
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THAT DUDE NAME.."CHRIS HOMES 12 " IS POPO..THATS DA SOUND OF DA "POLICE"...H E Y COULD SOMEONE GET UP IN HIS "A**" AND WATCH DA "PIG"SQUEELE . . . S Q U E E L E . . . S Q U E E L E . . . " . . . . . . . S S S S . L O L . L O L . L O L . L O L . P L U K E . . D A N**GA IN HIS "BUTT HOLE"..ACE.. B X CYPRESS141.. L O L . L O L . L O L . L O L .
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"BIG PUN GUNS"...R.I. P . . H O M I E . B X . . B O R I C U A S . . . S T A N D ☝...REP...BO O G I E OOGGIE. BUCK TOWN DUCK DOWN OR LAY DOWN BRONX .."AK" ASSAULT RIFFLES"SOUN D S " . . . . " F A T JOE"A.K.A.JO E CRACK " REP DA BRONX....ACE . . B X . . C Y P R E S S AVE..141..st . .
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one of the greats
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too bad he gone i would love to go to one of jis concerts
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Love this
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Top 5 lyrically
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One of the best rap songs ever made.
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Big pun is not the same with out u keep it real RIP pun we miss you Latino keep your head up keep it real
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One of the best songs ever.
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uptown baby, uptown....
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Forgot about race if you talking lyrics top five dead or alive !! R.I.P. BIG PUN
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My Knigah! Boricua Doing they thing! Big Pun Gone But Never Missed! West Coast Boricua Fam Fam! Oceanside Ca
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Tha all MIGHTY PUN!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! Lyrically the best my n**gaz yonkers, bronx, boricua, New York Stand up, latina going platinum
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