Big Pun is one of my favorite rappers of all-time, period. It’s hard to believe that he’s been gone for over 18 years now. Big Pun appeared on a few projects before his debut, like Fat Joe’s classic Jealous One’s Envy. Big Pun had everything in a rapper from lyrics, great music making ability and flow for a man his size. With great appearances, the anticipation for his debut album was through the roof because we wanted to hear an entire album from him. Capital Punishment debuted on April 28, 1998 and the first single was released almost nine months before the album dropped. I’m Not a Player garnered some attention, but the remix Still Not a Player made Big Pun a household name. Still Not a Player featuring Joe became a major hit and still a track that I’ll turn up whenever it comes on anywhere.
Capital Punishment marked the first time a Latin rapper went platinum. Big Pun showed his love for the ladies on Still Not a Player and Punish Me. Big Pun showed the aggressive side on cuts like Beware and You Ain’t a Killer. Then Big Pun showed that lyrical side on cuts like Super Lyrical with featured another lyricist in Black Thought of the Roots. Big Pun continued with the hits as he dropped You Came Up towards the end of the summer that featured Noreaga. Big Pun had fun on this track while Noreaga sang the hook, but Pun displayed that crazy flow on this one. Capital Punishment had excellent features throughout the entire project and you’ve heard a pair already. Fat Joe & Terror Squad, Busta Rhymes, Miss Jones, Wyclef, Dead Prez, Prodigy and Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang all featured on the album.
While Still Not a Player garnered all the radio success, he had another standout track that was eye-opening. Fat Joe and Big Pun decided to remake the smash-hit Deep Cover from Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg. With Twinz (Deep Cover 98), Big Pun showed that crazy flow once again. Big Pun and Fat Joe went back and forth on this track and let’s just say it’s beautiful. With all the crazy tracks on Capital Punishment, my only question was, how come it didn’t sell more than it did? Either way, I’m happy to say that I bought the album, hell I’ve bought a few copies because that CD was stolen a couple times. If this album isn’t in your hip-hop collection, why? You can check out the album here or stream it below to give your ears a nice taste.
Where are all my hip hop fans? How about fans of 90s hip hop? What are your thoughts about the late, great Big Pun? How about his Capital Punishment album? Leave all your feedback below.