Born: November 10, 1971
Died: February 7, 2000
Big Pun, born Christopher Lee Rios on November 10, 1971, was a legendary Puerto Rican-American rapper and one of the most influential figures in hip-hop. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, Pun rose to fame in the late 1990s with his exceptional lyricism, unparalleled flow, and immense lyrical prowess.
His debut studio album, “Capital Punishment,” released in 1998, was the first album by a Latin rapper to go platinum, showcasing his incredible talent and solidifying his place in rap history. Pun was known for his rapid-fire delivery and remarkable wordplay, often showcasing his versatility by seamlessly switching between English and Spanish in his rhymes.
His larger-than-life presence was matched only by his physical stature, as he was one of the heaviest rappers in the industry at the time. Tragically, his life was cut short when he passed away on February 7, 2000, due to a heart attack at the young age of 28. Despite his premature death, his impact on hip-hop remains profound, and he is remembered as a rap icon whose influence extended far beyond his brief career. Big Pun’s legacy lives on through his groundbreaking music, and he continues to be celebrated as one of the greatest lyricists in the history of rap.
Big Pun’s 5 most popular quotes
- Power just makes you reject destiny and devour your fate.
- Better to have loved and lost than to live with regret.
- I blow my own mind like Nirvana, and go the whole nine like Madonna.
- I have to be perfectly honest:
You should have an anniversary to acknowledge the way I work the ebonics.
- It’s my world, I demand my respect. Give me your girl or get slapped in your neck.
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