Big Pun
Rapper
Big Pun
Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun (short for Big Punisher), was a Puerto-Rican American 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" in 1997, and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy in 1995, on the track "Watch Out", prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist.
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From NPR's Latino USA: A Latino History Of Hip-Hop, Part II
Huffington Post - 5 months
In the second part of our two-part series (click here for Part 1), Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop explore what happens when rap music becomes big business. We hear from Spanglish rap pioneer Mellow Man Ace, chat with radio personalities Bobbito Garcia and Cipha Sounds, find out about how DJ Laz put his spin on Miami bass, and pay tribute to the legendary Big Pun. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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'Hamilton' Star Daveed Diggs on Show's Rap Influences
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
From Big Pun to Kendrick Lamar, "Hamilton" performer Daveed Diggs explains how hip-hop history fuels the hit Broadway musical, as explored in a new WSJ interactive graphic.
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Why 2015 was One of the Most Outstanding Years of Anticipated, Appreciated and Awarded African-American Artistic Achievement in the History of the United States
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kendrick Lamar drops number #1 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Considered a genre bending, crown achievement for hip-hop music, Kendrick's 2015 album opened the doors for the possibility of the rebirth of classic hip hop albums filled with conceptually intricate songs, knocking beats, voracious rhymes and virtuosic performances by incredible musicians. With a formula 1/3 G- Funk and Funkadelic , 1/3 Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron and 1/3 NWA and Nas, Kendrick's dynamic presence in the marketplace thrilled Grammy voters to the tune of 11 Grammy nominations including Best Album. His album not only titillated and inspired his fans while challenging also them to love themselves on the song "I", the words for another also became an anthem for youthful protest in America as the chant "We Gon' Be Alright" was used often as the battle cry for civil and human rights. Kendrick's "Alright" was the first protest chant or song to be used nationwide since 'We Shall Overcome', essentially celebrating ...
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Big Pun's Widow Details Latest Lawsuit Against Fat Joe
HipHop DX - almost 2 years
Rios also opens up about Big Pun writing Fat Joe's rhymes.
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Celebrate Ashanti's 33rd Birthday With The Singer's Early '00s Singles
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ashanti celebrates her 33rd birthday on Oct. 13. The former "Army Wives" actress kicked off her career in the early '00s with a series of chart-topping R&B hits. She released her self-titled debut studio album "Ashanti" in 2002, following up with "Chapter II" in 2003, "Concrete Rose" in 2004, and "The Declaration" in 2008. Ashanti is set to return to music early next year with the release of her fifth studio album, "BraveHeart." In celebration of Ashanti's 33rd birthday, get nostalgic with the singer's early hits below. 2001: "How We Roll," Big Pun ft. Ashanti 2001: "Always On Time," Ja Rule ft. Ashanti 2002: "Foolish" 2002: "Happy" 2002: "Baby" 2002: "What's Luv?" Fat Joe ft. Ashanti 2003: "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" 2003: "Rain on Me" 2003: "Mesmerize," Ja Rule ft. Ashanti 2004: "Breakup 2 Makeup (Remix)" 2004: "Wonderful," Ja Rule ft. Ashanti and R. Kelly 2005: "Don't Let Them" 2005: "Still On It"
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Ariana Grande Taps Fabolous For 'The Way (Remix)'
MTV News - over 3 years
By Nakiya Morgan While pop star Ariana Grande is still celebrating her Top 10 single “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, she decided to link up with Fabolous for the remix. Listen to "The Way (Remix)" via HipHopNMore. It’s no surprise that the former “Victorious” star was able to snag the “remix killer” Fab for the track. Mac Miller described Ariana as an easy collaborator. "Well she's a very, very talented singer, like she can sing incredibly. And, that's awesome and she's a great person,” Mac told MTV News. “She’s one of the nicest just people I've ever met in my life,” The new remix still gives you the “summer fling” vibe that everyone can relate to. Ariana explained the radio hit as “the beginning phases of love” to MTV News. "It's about just like, loving somebody so much that you just can't describe it," she said. “…When everything is so exciting and you just get butterflies. It's about that feeling." Looks like Fab caught the love bug. The Brooklyn rapper drops two new ...
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'75 Percent Of My Friends Are Locked Up Or Dead'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In March, The Huffington Post began talking to teens and adults throughout the U.S. about their experiences with gun violence. This is one individual's story. You can read others here. Jerrod Allen, 26, lives in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. After leaving home as a young teenager, Allen lost many of his closest friends to death or prison. Allen was with his friend, Jamal “Big Pun” Coates, just moments before he was shot and killed on D.C.'s U Street in 2010. Allen has an infant son and works security at a local bar: You could say 75 percent of my best friends are locked up or dead. Let's be honest; that's fucked up. I didn't really have a childhood. I felt like I grew up too quick. I saw a gun was when I was 12, 13. It was a black, beat-up old revolver. One of my friends I went to school with at the time, he was talking this shit one day and he pulled it out. Yeah, that was my first time seeing a gun, it wasn't no big deal. But the first time ...
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New Video: Ariana Grande Featuring Mac Miller, 'The Way'
MTV News - almost 4 years
Ariana Grande flirts with Mac Miller in their "The Way" collabo video. How's that for speedy service? Just when we were like, "OMFG we are fully digging this Ariana Grande and Mac Miller 'The Way' collabo, where is the video???" -- it appears! And only a day later, too. Honestly, it couldn't have come sooner, because we were getting a liiiiitle bored of wondering whether or not Mac was gonna try out some of his "Love Lessons" on Ariana. Well, he totally did, and they TOTALLY WORKED. Also, what better day is there to premiere your music video than the day after your song snagged the No. 1 spot on the iTunes chart?! It's a Passover miracle! Watch Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller's "The Way" video after the jump.  In their "The Way" video, Ariana and Mac are in full flirtation mode -- can you blame them what with that sample of Big Pun's "Still Not A Player?" -- with Ariana dancing seductively in a sea of balloons while Mac takes her picture. As Ariana dances and sings about ho ...
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10 Conversations That Changed Our World
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This story originally appeared on Fast Company. 1. The Birth Of Silicon Valley Most of the modern technology that we hold dear today--from laptops to ATMs to iPhones--probably wouldn't exist if in 1957 a group of eight young geniuses hadn't banded together and left their brilliant but maniacal boss, William Shockley, to form the first venture-backed startup. Dubbed the "Traitorous Eight" by Shockley, the colleagues, who included future Intel cofounders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, would go on to build the first practical integrated circuit and the first wave of Valley companies. One of the eight, Jay Last, now 83, recalls how it happened. Shockley was a brilliant scientist but a terrible manager. He'd won the Nobel Prize for inventing the transistor and started trying to make an impossible device that didn't work. So he took it out on us. We complained to Arnold Beckman, who funded Shockley Labs. At first he sided with us, but when we confronted Shockley, Beckma ...
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Remy Ma Puts Death Rumors To Rest
MTV News - over 4 years
By Rob Markman Despite what you might've read on Twitter, Remy Ma isn't dead. She put in a phone call yesterday to clear up those. rumors Every now and the social media site inexplicably takes down celebrities. On Monday, incarcerated New York rapper Remy Ma began trending worldwide after rumors circulated that she had been killed in prison. Monday night the former Fat Joe collaborator called into DJ Funkmaster Flex's radio show on New York's Hot 97 and put the vicious rumor to rest. "I'm good. I heard I was dead and all type of craziness," Remy told Flex over the phone. When the DJ asked Rem what sparked the rumor, she said she had absolutely no clue. "I don't know. People are crazy. They have nothing to do with their lives sometimes and they just say things and it gets out of control and other people say it and I don't know," she tried to explain. "I just know they were looking for me crazy all throughout the prison and I was happy I wasn't out of pocket." Remy, whose re ...
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Children of the Night – “Kids From Queens”
Chart Attack - over 4 years
Suburban life will seem a lot more drab after Children of the Night’s video for “Kids From Queens,” an oath of allegiance to their colorful, tight-knit neighborhood where the bbqs are always burnin’ and the babes are always yearnin’. New York rap is a burger. It can be seasoned to perfection then burnt-to-a-crisp (Nas, Mobb Deep, Big Pun), artisan crafted with broad appeal in mind (A$AP Rocky, 50 Cent) or left out for way too long till it gets cold and soggy and everyone’s like “Did we need to make this burger in the first place?” (Papoose). And like Das Racist, Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire and the other members of New York’s rap renaissance, Children of the Night have a classic, tender flavor that’s cleverly masked with heady idiosyncrasies. At a Mishka party (an expensive looking block party with hot fashion magazine interns), the trio devour a Pete Rock–style beat with three distinct, impressive verses, while the video gives a black-and-white tour of their hood. I just wrote an enti ...
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[Singles] Big Pun f. Cuban Link - "Still Not A Player (Unreleased Demo Version)"
HipHop DX - almost 5 years
Big Pun and Cubank Link have some fun riffing in the studio on this previously unreleased demo version of "Still Not A Player."
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I’d have done Jism role better than Bipasha: Poonam
The Times Of India - almost 5 years
Even before she’s made it big (pun intended), Poonam Pandey’s already taking pangaas with B-Town beauties.
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News: Fat Joe On Massive Weight Loss Attention, "CNN Is Coming To My House" - SOHH
Google News - over 5 years
"Being somebody from the Bronx and being able to see the loss and impact of Big Pun before he got a chance to lose weight, it was devastating to the borough, it was devastating to the BX rappers. So to see Joe lose this weight is a good thing for him
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Cormega Announces Release of New Album – Avail September 27th - Hip Hop Press (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The music on the second disc is a mixture of original songs and Cormega classics remixed and reinterpreted by The Revelations Band and features Lil Fame of MOP and Baby Pun (Big Pun's son); AZ and Nature; Blaq Poet, Tragedy Khadafi and Havoc;
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Watch The Throne Track-By-Track Breakdown - MTV.com
Google News - over 5 years
The way he said 'bitch' and 'dog' and then 'get ya own' like how he used the Big Pun [flow]. So you have to really go back and listen to it three or four times to be able to say anything about a Jay-Z record. Really he's bigging up his wife through the
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Written by J. Bachelor for Noreaga - SOHH
Google News - over 5 years
Big Pun came to hang out [at the studio]. I went to take a sh*t or something like that and when I came back Pun verse was already on there. I was like, "Yo, my dude ... what are you doin'?!" I thought that was violation at first, na'mean?
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Big Pun
    TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 28
    On February 7, 2000, Big Pun suffered a fatal heart attack and respiratory failure while temporarily staying with his family at a Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, New York, during a home renovation.
    More Details Hide Details Pun was pronounced dead at the hospital after paramedics could not revive him. Big Pun was at his highest weight at the time of his death:. He was cremated a few days later. Big Pun is survived by his wife, Liza, and their three children, Amanda (born 1991), Vanessa (born 1993), and Christopher Jr. (born 1994).
  • 1999
    Age 27
    Big Pun 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 who released their debut album The Album in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The album did not fare well commercially but it was well received critically and the album was meant to start the foundation for all other Terror Squad members to release their solo projects. Pun struggled with a weight problem for all of his adult life. His weight fluctuated in the early 1990s between obese and morbidly obese. Pun later enrolled in a weight-loss program in North Carolina in which he lost, but he eventually quit the program before completing it, returning to New York and gaining back the weight he had lost.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    The full-length debut Capital Punishment followed in 1998, and became the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details Capital Punishment was also nominated for a Grammy.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    In 1997 producer Knobody's production partner Sean C took advantage of his new role as A&R at Loud Records to play Knobody's tracks to Big Pun.
    More Details Hide Details Suitably impressed the rapper hired Knobody to remix "I'm Not a Player". The remixed song, featuring Joe and titled "Still Not a Player", became Big Pun's first major mainstream hit and major breakthrough for Knobody.
  • 1996
    Age 24
    In 1996 Big Pun began recording songs for his debut album Capital Punishment.
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  • 1995
    Age 23
    After changing the alias to Big Punisher, Rios met fellow Puerto Rican and Bronx rapper Fat Joe in 1995 and made his commercial debut on Fat Joe's second album, Jealous One's Envy, in addition to appearing on the song, "Watch Out".
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared on The Beatnuts' song "Off the Books" Later, "I'm Not a Player" (featuring an O'Jays sample) was supported by a significant advertising campaign and became an underground hit.
    He first appeared on tracks from Fat Joe's second album "Jealous One's Envy" in 1995, and The Beatnuts' second album Stone Crazy in 1997, prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist.
    More Details Hide Details Pun's lyrics are notable for technical efficiency, having minimal pauses to take a breath, heavy use of alliteration as well as internal and multi-syllabic rhyming schemes. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. About.com ranked him #25 on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of All Time, while MTV2 ranked him #11 on its list of the "22 Greatest MCs." In 2012, The Source ranked him #19 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. Rios was born on November 10, 1971 in The Bronx, New York City, United States, to parents of Puerto Rican descent. He grew up in the South Bronx neighborhood of the city. At the age of five, Rios broke his leg while playing in a park, which would later lead to a large settlement from the city. By all accounts from Pun's family, his early years were very difficult, including witnessing his mother's drug abuse and his father's death.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on November 10, 1971.
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