Big Pun, Book of Rhymes, Vol. 1

One of Pun’s original rhyme partners, former member of the Latino rap crew, the Terror Squad, Cuban Link chose this verse from “The Dream Shatterer

“Ay yo, I shatter dreams like Jordan, assault and batter your team/Your squadron’ll be barred from rap like Adam & Eve from the garden/I’m carvin’ my initials on your forehead/So every night before bed you see the ‘BP’ shine off the board head/Reverse that, I curse at the first wack nigga with the worst rap/’Cause he ain’t worth jack/Hit him with a thousand pounds of pressure per slap/Make his whole body jerk back, watch the earth crack/Hand him his purse back/I’m the first Latin rapper to baffle your skull/Master the flow, niggas be swearin’ I’m blacker than coal/Like Nat King, I be rappin’ and tongue’s packin’/The ones, magnums, cannons and Gatling guns/It’s Big Pun!/The one and only son of Tony Montana/You ain’t promised mañana in the rotten manzana/C’mon patna, we be mob rhymers/Feel the marijuana, snake bite, anaconda/A man of honor wouldn’t wanna’ try to match my persona/Sometimes rhymin’ I blow my own mind like Nirvana/Comma, and go the whole nine like Madonna/Go try to find another rhymer with my kinda grammar…”

XXLMag.com: On this song Pun says, “I’m the first Latin rapper to baffle your skull.” How important was Pun to the idea that Latinos could do hip-hop?

Cuban Link: He was the nucleus. Everybody else was chromosomes and shit. He was the one. He was definitely Neo from The Matrix. He was the gap between Black and Spanish. He was this paradox of being so big and kicking this fast flow. It was unbelievable the way he just kept the flow in the air. Pun was four or five hundred pounds, so his breath control was incredible. He wasn’t just spitting regular words. He was kicking encyclopedia words that were making sense. His vocabulary was crazy. He put it together with his format, which was complicated as fuck.

XXLMag.com: “Hit him with a thousand pounds of pressure per slap/Make his whole body jerk back, watch the earth crack/Hand him his purse back…”

Cuban Link: Faggot-ass nigga! Those battle rhymes are crazy. Those are street rhymes that we grew up listening to—the G Raps, the Rakims, the Big Daddy Kanes, the KRS-Ones. Pun could stand on any corner and kick those three rhymes. I don’t give a fuck if you beige, White, Black, niggas just got to give props.

  • http://myspace.com/musicbytheargonauts ARGO’S

    well deserved.

  • jtm

    wow today is the day that has been 10 years since big pun passed away. rip to big pun it is funny that ever since he has pass away hip hop has gotten worse every year.i bet he would be very disappointed on joey crackhead for what he has been doing and would never co sign dj khaled.

    • Afi K. James

      Negro Please.

      Fat Joe & Khaled have always paid homage to pun.

      • Afi K. James

        And actually pun gave props to DJ Khaled many years ago.

        And khaled is the one who played songs ont the radio for capital punishment weeks before other radio stations picked it up.

        Love em or hate him, khaled did his part.

  • AZ40

    Pun was a beast, mad slept on, you right he would be disappointed in Joe Cartegena, I wish he had more material

  • Will E. Will

    RIP

  • http://www.bboycult.com The $ykotic Don Mac

    C/S the Joe disappointment.

  • Peso

    RIP

  • Peso

    Joey would have been dope if Pun lived even if Pun had to write the boy lyrics himself lol. I think if Pun would have been around then TS would of been cool. Remy would be the best she should be right now and everything would have clicked for them…they would have had a good ass run to

    Just think of him and Eminem on a track together…

  • these posts are racist

    RIP.

    Compare these lyrics to any rapper in the game right now, anyone. It is depressing to see the music of my culture be so watered down that it is almost unrecognizable when juxaposed next to…this, Hip Hop.

  • Big Pun

    Flawless victory you niggaz can’t do shit to me
    Physically lyrically hypothetically realistically

    Beware he was that nasty

  • bigpun

    Big Pun The Best of all time by far!!!

  • PANA

    Greatest MC of all time

    R.I.P Pun

  • P81

    “Pun was a beast, mad slept on, you right he would be disappointed in Joe Cartegena, I wish he had more material”…

    -dude wasnt slept on at all, he was given his due and hit platinum..thats not being slept on. If you lived through that time you’de know PUN was huge. no pun intended. I couldnt go to a house party without hearin capitol punishment bangin.

    -Materials in the archives.

    • these posts are racisat

      co-sign.

      • Golden

        these posters are illiterate…step your grammar game up…please!

        btw Pun is second to none in terms of lyrical content…dig this – i’ll give you all an example of how he was “on his way”…at the time jay-z did ‘hard knock life’ people gave him sh*t for the annie sample which went on to catapult him to a new level of stardom…on Pun’s “yeah baby” album the song ‘laughing at you’ was in the same light regarding to it was very abstract but people caught on and loved that damn son…that second album would’ve been Pun’s “Vol. 2″ and he would’ve been unstoppable…also, who else you know killed EVERYBODY they EVER did a feature with…PUN that’s who!!!…RIP Pana/

        • these posts are racist

          What are you talking? What grammar issues are you referring to?

        • these posts are racist

          Correct your own grammar playboy”

          “the song ‘laughing at you’ was in the same light regarding to it was very abstract but people caught on and loved that damn son”

          What does “in the same light regarding to it…” mean? And it’s “song” not “son”.

          Finally, “who else you know killed everybody…” it should be, “who else do you know has killed anybody…” and the rest of the sentence is too messed up to be corrected. If you’re going to throw stones (no intifada)…step your game up first.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Chiliz

    It’s soooooooooooooo haaaaaaaaaaard 2 b’ like PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!

  • yeahnigga

    Plus Pun has sold over 20 mill records today worldwide. When he was alive he was 2x platinum and was the biggest rapper of his time basically. And now he has sold 20 mill worldwide. So he went from 2 to 20 mill in just 10 years even less than 10 years. I mean damn read it on XXL, Vh1 fuckin everywhere. Ask anyone. Plus 99% of all latinos in the world regard him as the best ever. Every single rap head in the world knows hes at least top 10 best ever. And a bunch of non latins like myself regard him as the best ever. Plus his music and name and legacy will forever be remembered and worshipped by millions of fans from all over the world. The nigga aint only New york rapper. THe nigga is worldwide like biggie and those kinda rappers. Ive fuckin seen Pun fans in africa what u know about that?? Big Pun is by far the nicest and most lyrical mc of all time imo hes my fav i bump his shit non stop. He aint slept on at all though. I mean 2 to 20 mill worldwide in 10 years i mean damn the nigga has sold more than most rappers in history. The nigga is just slept on when people forget him in top 5 thats it!!

  • sealsaa

    LOL, my internet timed-out when I clicked on page 5 and Remy Ma’s face appeared.

  • og bobby j

    i would go as far as to say pun could be considered top 5 ever.

    But, this is coming from someone who would put capital punishment in his top 5 albums all time, with the likes of doggystyle, it was written (yea, not illmatic), marshall mathers LP and the black album.

    So, what do i know….

    • these posts are racist

      OG Bobby J,

      What up man? Co-sign ur comment.

      • http://xxlmag.com the brown

        Yo?! EVER?! Never. I respect your catalog though.

        • og bobby j

          TPizzle…what that do…

          The brown – yea fam…top 5 ever….

          as i call it…

          Pac
          Big
          Em
          Jay
          Pun

          But fam, this is all subjective…you dont have to agree….

          Like, to me, lost boyz Legal Drug Money, is a top 10 album. Its about how it impacted my life…

          to each his own….

        • Sincere

          @og bob Legal Drug Money still gets rotation to this day. One of my favs, Cheeks was a beast (R.I.P. Freaky Tah).

          LB4LIFE
          Music Makes Me High

  • Gift

    Yall may jump down on a nigga for wut I’m bout to say, but if Pun were alive today, I think him and Jig would be the top 2 in the game. Pun would murder today’s top mcs wit no problem. Way fuckin underrated.

  • http://www.facebook.com Alex

    Christopher Rios was in a class of his own, froma lyricism stand point. I remember hearing his widely considered debut on the beatnuts joint and thinking damn! even though pac and Big had passed we have a new torch bearer. His flow, his breath control, his wit, sarcasm, humour and yes, even his swagger were phenomenal. He is the greatest lyricist I ever heard. He is in the top 5 greatest:pac, Big, Pun, Nas and Jay. To date no one has come close, and I find it sad that there a decade has not been enuff to produce new torch bearers. Pun,…R.I.P.

  • these posts are racist

    One issue that needs to be pointed out. Lyrict – amazing. Father and husband, horrible. While recognizing his great mic skills, we also have to condemn our heros where needed. He was a wife abuser who failed his family…and that, takes away from his legacy.

  • these posts are racist

    PS,

    Cats like Fat Joe and anyone shouting out Big Pun on a track need to be held accountable for the fact that Pun’s kids are broke. These kids need to be treated like Biggie’s kids. That’s “love” and respecting someone’s legacy.

    • Afi K. James

      But liza will continue to hurt the late pun’s legacy, joe did try to take care of pun’s kids, but liza shitted on pun badly on that DVD and that’s why the relationship with joe and liza stopped.

      I Know that pun abused his wife, but to continue to hurt him like that makes me sad.

  • Curtis75Black

    The 1st time I heard homie was on Jealous One’s Envy and just kept playing that verse over and over amazed at what he was saying. I had no idea that a year later it was him who was standing besides Fat Joe in LL’s I Shot Ya remix video but that didn’t matter. When Funkmaster Flex dropped his 1st 60 mins it was over with that Crazy Freestyle he blazed over the Ice Cream beat – I mean DAMN,This motherfucker just killed it !! As soon as Capital Punishment dropped it was picked up immediately. I see Pun in the same eyes as Pac and BIG considering the way I heard them, On someone elses (Digital Underground & Heavy D) track killing it and standing out at the same time. There was no way he wasn’t gonna blow with the shit he came up with. I can straight up say when he died, I cried because I knew there was never gonna be another emcee who was gonna take over that spot. It’s etched in stone.

    • John Cauner

      Co-sign. I still have the issue that this article appeared in, and the Funkmaster Flex Presents The Mix Tape Volume 1 CD. That’s gotta be the first, if not, one of the first appearances on record for Pun back in ’95.

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  • LENZ

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Em & pun would be nice on a track. Pun was way better lyrically then B.I.G., Tupac was the real life rapper but no focus on lyricism on Pac’s part Pun had it all. He was an all around MC

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