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Today in Hip-Hop: Big Pun Drops ‘Capital Punishment’

On this day, April 28, in hip-hop history…


1998: Big Pun released his debut album Capital Punishment.

In the years leading up to Capital Punishment‘s release, Pun had cut his teeth alongside the likes of Fat Joe, the Beatnuts and even Shaquille O’Neal on guest features. However, it would be his 1997 single “I’m Not A Player” produced by Minnesota that would help Pun attract the attention of Loud Records. Upon its release in 1998, Capital Punishment peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Fueled by the melodic singles “Still Not a Player” and the rags-to-riches tale, “You Came Up” Pun solidified himself as the first Latino rap star. It was also hailed as the first Latin hip-hop record to ever go platinum. The album even earned a Grammy nomination in 1999.

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