I first experienced the lyrical prowess of Big Pun in The Beatnuts’ “Off The Books” video, where he was “clotheslining motherf*ckers like Steven Seagal”. Pun had the ability to blend complex rhymes, an extensive vocabulary, and an at times dark sense of humor that put him a cut above his peers. Not only could he go toe to toe with some of the best MCs, he also did every chance he got, from working with Black Thought and Prodigy on his own album to throwing his hat into the ring for classic group tracks like Noreaga’s “Banned From TV” and Fat Joe’s “John Blaze”. I hold to my theory that wack rappers live forever, while the great ones are often taken too soon. Pun’s no exception, as he was literally just warming up when he passed away. Rest in peace from Front-Free.
You Ain’t A Killa x Big Pun
Joell Ortiz speaks on Big Pun