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Big Pun

Background information
Birth name Christopher Lee Rios
Also known as Big Punisher
Born November 9, 1971(1971-11-09)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin South Bronx, New York City, New York
Died February 7, 2000 (aged 28)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1994–2000
Labels Loud Records
Associated acts Terror Squad

Christopher Lee Carlos Rios (November 9, 1971 – February 7, 2000), better known by his stage name Big Pun (short for Big Punisher), was a Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track "Off the Books", and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy, on the track "Watch Out", prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist. Big Pun's career was cut short in 2000 at age 28 when he died of a fatal heart attack.

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Childhood

He grew up in a Puerto Rican community in New York City's South Bronx neighborhood.[1] By all accounts from Rios's family, his early years were very difficult, including witnessing his mother's drug abuse, his father leaving the family, and a stepfather who was very hard on Rios. According to his grandmother, Rios would become angry and self-destructive, punching holes in the walls of his family's apartment. Rios dropped out of high school and for some time was homeless living in abandoned buildings or at his friends' homes.[2]

Career

During the 1980s, he formed the Full a Clips Crew with Triple Seis, Prospect and Cuban Link who was at the time named "Lyrical Assassin". At this point Big Pun was operating under the alias Big Moon Dawg. Rios met fellow Puerto Rican and Bronx rapper Fat Joe in 1995 and made his commercial debut on Joe's second album, Jealous Ones Envy, in addition to appearing on a b-side to Joe's "Envy" single, "Fire Water" and "Watch Out." Later, "I'm Not a Player Homie" (featuring an O'Jays sample) was supported by a significant advertising campaign and became an underground hit. The song's remix, "Still Not a Player" (featuring Joe) produced by Knobody, became Big Pun's first major mainstream hit. His full-length debut Capital Punishment followed in 1998, and was the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200. Capital Punishment was also nominated for a Grammy, but lost out on the award to Jay-Z's Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life. He became a member of Terror Squad, a New York-based group of rappers founded by Fat Joe, with most of the roster supplied by the now-defunct Full a Clips Crew who released their debut album The Album in 1999. In 1999 he co-starred in the Albert Pyun-directed ghetto-movie Urban Menace, alongside his frequent collaborator Fat Joe.

Death

Excluding his adolescence, Big Pun struggled with his weight for most of his life; his weight fluctuated in the early 1990s between obese and morbidly obese. Big Pun enrolled in a weight-loss program in North Carolina, in which he lost 80 pounds, but he eventually quit the program before completing it, returning to New York and gaining back the weight he had lost.[1] On February 7, 2000, Big Pun suffered a fatal heart attack and respiratory failure while temporarily staying with family at a Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, New York during a home renovation. Pun was pronounced dead at the hospital after paramedics could not revive him.[3]

Posthumous works

His second album, Yeeeah Baby, completed before his death, was issued as scheduled in April 2000. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts and earned gold record status within three months of its release. A posthumous compilation album, Endangered Species, was released in April 2001. Endangered Species collected some of Pun's "greatest hits," previously unreleased material, numerous guest appearances, and remixed "greatest verses." As with his other albums, it also peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200, reaching #7, but didn't sell as much as the previous Pun albums had.

Big Punisher was featured with Fat Joe on Duets: The Final Chapter, an album of tracks featuring the Notorious B.I.G, also deceased. The track "Get Your Grind On" begins with a Big Pun radio interview in which he said he would perform a duet with Biggie at the gates of heaven.[4] Punisher was also featured on a track from the revived Terror Squad's second album, True Story, on the track "Bring 'Em Back" with Big L.

On May 2, 2001, a Bronx City Council committee stalled plans to rename a small portion of Rogers Place in honor of Big Pun because of distaste over Big Pun's lyrics, which according to The New York Times "include profanity and references to violence and drug dealing".[5]

Sony Records has been considering releasing a second posthumous album featuring unreleased material [6], but the project is being delayed by Sony.[7] Liza Rios also held an auction in 2005 for her deceased husband's Terror Squad medallion, citing financial difficulties in the wake of Pun's death, and again claiming to have not received any royalty checks for Pun's posthumous album sales (save for a small check from the sales of Endangered Species).[8]

Big Pun: The Legacy documentary

A tribute documentary Big Pun: The Legacy was released on September 15, 2009. The film contains multiple interviews with artists, actors, close friends and others whose lives were touched by Big Pun, as well as rare exclusive performances and scene interviews with Big Pun himself. The film also features appearances by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Method Man, U-God, Liza Rios, Xzibit, Cuban Link, Swizz Beatz, DJ Skribble, Chino XL and many more. Film is directed by Vlad Yudin. It is distributed through Vivendi Universal and The Soundtrack is released through Legacy/Columbia Records, Sony Music.

Discography

Albums

Year Title Peak chart positions[9] Certifications
(Sales thresholds)
US US R&B CAN
1998 Capital Punishment
  • Released: April 28, 1998
  • Label: Loud
5 1 11
  • US (RIAA): 2x Platinum[10]
  • CAN (CRIA): Gold[11]
2000 Yeeeah Baby
  • Released: April 4, 2000
  • Label: Loud
3 1
2001 Endangered Species 7 2
2009 The Legacy
  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Label: Loud Records, Columbia, Sony Music
- -

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions[12] Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1997 "I'm Not a Player" 57 19 3 Capital Punishment
1998 "Still Not a Player" (featuring Joe) 24 6 13
"You Came Up" (featuring Noreaga) 49 43
2000 "It's So Hard" (featuring Donell Jones) 75 19 11 Yeeeah Baby
"100%" (featuring Tony Sunshine) 64
2001 "How We Roll" (featuring Ashanti) 53 16 Endangered Species

As featured performer

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap
1997 "Off the Books" (The Beatnuts feat. Big Pun and Cuban Link) 86 52 12 Stone Crazy
1998 "Someone to Hold" (Veronica feat. Big Pun and Cuban Link) 101 Rise
"Western Ways Part II" (Delinquent Habits feat. Big Pun and JuJu) 102[13] Here Come the Horns
"I'll Be Around" (Rah Sun feat. Big Pun and Deuce) 125[14] 89[15] 30[16] It's Not a Game
1999 "Bet Ya Man Can't (Triz)" (Fat Joe feat. Big Pun and Cuban Link) 54 37 Don Cartagena
"From N.Y. to N.O." (Mr. Serv-On feat. Big Pun Da Next Level
"On Point" (Heavy D featuring 8Ball & Big Pun) Heavy
2000 "Symphony 2000" (Truck feat. Big Pun, Kool G Rap, and KRS-One) 35[17] Non-album single
"Feelin' So Good" (Jennifer Lopez feat. Fat Joe and Big Pun) 51 44 On the 6

Filmography

  • Moesha (1998) - Himself (as Big Punisher)
  • Thicker Than Water (1999) - Punny
  • Urban Menace (1999) - Crow
  • Whiteboyz (1999) - Don Flip Crew (uncredited)
  • Boricua's Bond (2000) - Himself (as Big Punisher)
  • Still Not a Player (2002) - Himself (archive footage)
  • Big Pun Live (2002) - Himself (archive footage)
  • Big Pun: The Legacy (2009) - Himself (archive footage)

References

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve (2002). "Big Punisher > Biography". http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:dnfwxq8hldte~T1publisher=allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ Still Not a Player, Documentary
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (2000-02-09). "Christopher Rios, 28, Rapper Recorded Under Name Big Pun". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F07E1D8153EF93AA35751C0A9669C8B63. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  4. ^ Juon, Steve (2005-12-20). "Notorious B.I.G: Duets: The Final Chapter". RapReviews.com. http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2005_12_duets.html. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  5. ^ Cardwell, Diane (2001-05-02). "Bronx: No Street For Big Pun". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9800E0DB1238F930A35756C0A9679C8B63. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  6. ^ Exclusive Hip Hop News, Audio, Lyrics, Videos, Honeys, Wear, Sneakers, Download Mixtapes
  7. ^ Producer Delays Release Of New Big Pun Album | Daily Hip-Hop News | SOHH.com /
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Big Punisher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:dnfwxq8hldte~T50. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  10. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - Big Pun". RIAA. http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=&artist=Big%20Pun&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2009&sort=CertificationDate&perPage=50. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  11. ^ "Search Certification Database". CRIA. http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php. Retrieved 2009-07-15.  Keyword under artist name: "Big Punisher"
  12. ^ "Big Punisher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:dnfwxq8hldte~T51. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  13. ^ "Western Ways Part II". Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Billboard. 1998-09-26. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=345&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Bubbling+Under+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Singles&ci=3031760&cdi=7359456&cid=09%2F26%2F1998. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  14. ^ "I'll Be Around". Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. Billboard. 1998-09-26. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=344&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Bubbling+Under+Hot+100+Singles&ci=3031727&cdi=7358036&cid=09%2F26%2F1998. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  15. ^ "I'll Be Around". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Billboard. 1998-10-03. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=367&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Songs&ci=3032077&cdi=7370874&cid=10%2F03%2F1998. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  16. ^ "I'll Be Around". Hot Rap Singles. Billboard. 1998-11-07. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=369&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Rap+Singles&ci=3032220&cdi=7376303&cid=11%2F07%2F1998. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  17. ^ "Symphony 2000". Hot Rap Singles. Billboard. 1999-10-30. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=369&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Rap+Singles&ci=3035767&cdi=7503852&cid=10%2F30%2F1999. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Big Pun is a rapper from the Terror Squad.

Most Famous Sourced Lyrics

  • Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middleman who didn't do diddily
  • Trunk jewels, cruisin in the Land, pumpin 'Cash Rules' Last crew to want it caught a hundred tryin to pass through
  • Ready for war Joe, how you wanna blow they spot I know these dirty cops that'll get us in if we murder some wop
  • I rub your face off the Earth and curse your family children/like Amityville drill the nerves in your cavity fillin/Insanity's building up pavillion in my civilian/The cannon be the anarchy that humanity's dealing
  • You ain't a killer, you still learnin how to walk/From New York to Cali all the real niggaz carry chalk/Mark you for death, won't even talk that East and West crap/From Watts to Lefrak, it ain't where you're from it's where's your gat
  • So be advised, the streets is full of surprises/It's not what crew's the livest/One that survive is who's the wisest
  • Nowhere to run, hide, I'll find you and and silence your screams/And even if you kill me I'll still be in your fuckin dreams
  • The harsh realities of life is takin tolls/Even Jesus Christ forsake my soul
  • It's mine; it's all mine you understand?
At least me and my peoples
Can you dig that?  
21st century -- thought I'd never see it
Right around the corner, baby
Ours for the taking
*Yo; I've seen child blossom to man,
some withered and turned to murderers
Led astray by the liars death glorifiers observin us
Watching us close, marking our toast ??
purposely overtaxin the earnings
Nervous, burning down the churches
They're scared of us, rather beware than dare to trust
Always in jail, million dollar bail, left there to rust
Let's call in order, give ourselves a chance to enhance broader
Advance to where minorities are the majority voter
Holdin my own, I'm livin alone in this cold world
My sister just bought a home without a loan, you go girl!
She's an exception, some people can leap to the impression
See, me myself, I start flippin and fall victim to deep depression
I'm stressin the issue here, so we can cross the fiscal year
Tired of gettin fired and hired as a pistol-eer
There's no longevity living off negativity
Fuck it, I'd rather sell reefer than do pizza delivery
That's how the city be, everybody gettin they hustle on
Judge singin death penalty like it's his favorite fuckin song
Word is bond, takin my life you know they lovin it
God 'F' the government and it's fuckin capital punishment!

*  I've seen it all up close, shit out the movies you'd be buggin
My cousin JuJe, barely a juve', lost it and turned on the oven
He wasn't playin, blew out the flame and started inhalin
Barin a secret too deep to keep on the street for sharin
Wearin the virus, Acquired Immune Deficiency
Dishin his dick in every thick promiscuous fish in the sea
Listen to me, shit is rough in the ghetto
You bluff, blow your head off, fuck a snuff, we bust lead off!
Get off your high horse, or die off like an extinction
Boriquans are like Mohicans, +The Last of the Po'Ricans+
We need some unity, fuck all the jeeps and jewelry
The maturity, keeps me six feet, above obscurity
The streets are deadly and everybody's a desperado
I guess the motto we promise to let you homage in death your motto
Like Zorro, I mark my territory with a symbol
Not with a Z, but a P, cause Punishment's what I resemble!
I lend you this if it expands yours, for you and yours
A real man can't fall, he stands tall
The Man's claws are diggin in my back, I'm tryin to hit him back
Time to counteract, where my niggaz at?

Unsourced

  • "The Big Punisher is Ready, meet me at Vito's with noodles, we'll do this dude while he's slurpin spaghetti"
  • "I'm From Puretro Rico....talking spanish"

Simple English

Big Pun
Birth name Christopher Rios
Also known as Big Punisher
Born November 10, 1971(1971-11-10)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 7, 2000 (aged 28)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1994–2000
Labels Terror Squad, Loud Records
Associated acts Terror Squad

Christopher Rios (November 10, 1971  – February 7, 2000) was an American rapper better known by his stage name, Big Pun. Big Pun rose to fame when he met rapper Fat Joe in 1995 and appeared on Fat Joe's album, Jealous Ones Envy. Big Pun has a DVD titled Big Pun: The Legacy which is about his life and has interviews with many rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and DMX reflecting on Pun's impact on their lives.

Big Pun died on February 7, 2000 in White Plains, New York from a massive heart attack while staying at a Crowne Plaza Hotel with his family when their house was being fumigated.

Albums

Big Pun released 3 studio albums:

Year Album
1998 Capital Punishment
2000 Yeeeah Baby
2001 Endangered Species








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