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Big Pun
Twins: Presented by Tapemasters Inc.

BigPun.jpgThe only way Tapemasters Inc.’s Twins mixtape could be more Latino is if it came with a can of Goya beans. That said, the pairing of Big Pun’s verses and salsa icon Héctor Lavoe’s music (actually producer Willie Colón’s, since they were mostly his concoctions) is a match made in Boricua heaven. East Coast beatsmiths AC and Popular B sample some of the Caribbean genre’s best work from the 1970s, and mix classic Pun with verses from every current Latino MC imaginable.

A vision of the potential impact the Bronx giant could have had on the reggaeton movement is showcased in an update of Pun’s Puerto Rican anthem “100 Percent.” Unfortunately, the addition of Daddy Yankee’s unintelligible Spanish lyrics might deter the average fan of the crushing original. On “Cuban Connection” (a variation of the Wyclef-assisted “Caribbean Connection”) Pitbull steals the light from Pun’s protégé, Cuban Link, by dropping horn-ball joyas like, “Nosotros se los vamo a dar/Dame esa mulatita, que el bollo se le voy a mojar.” (We’re gonna hit ya/Gimme that Black girl, I’ma get her pussy wet.)

But even with 8-year-old rhymes, no one can outshine Big Moon Dog. On “Whatcha Gonna Do,” which samples one of Lavoe’s most popular songs “La Fama,” Pun sounds so relaxed you’d think he was kicking back with some tobacco and rum in San Juan. Two of the finest cuts, though, are “Monster Niggas,” with Fat Joe and Biggie, and “John Blaze 2006,” where the free-flowing horns sound as nasty as the Big Punisher’s complex rhymes.

For Pun fans, hearing the Dios MC rhyming over some of his home isle’s most culturally identifiable sounds is a destiny fulfilled. Regardless of the fact that they represent two different Latino generations, Lavoe and Pun will remain pa’ la gente.—JESÚS TRIVIÑO ALARCÓN

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  • jus

    RIP PUN..im cop this one 4 sure.

  • H-man

    Go cop Big Pun (twins) This shit here iz tight…I tell ya

  • http://TAGWORLD.COM/LIKFAMM DOLLA

    YEAH!!! IS PUN B…… YOU GOTA GO COP THAT!!!!
    LIKFAMM (LIKE-FAMM)
    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KINGDOLLA

  • http://xxlmag.com hoodG

    wow not alot of messages for pun he was an alright rapper but i didn’t agree with him using the word nigga.

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    i’m gay

  • http://xxlmag.com jasonnyc

    so am i hmmmmmmmmm

  • doctor69

    hey fake doctort 69 shut you dumbass up lil white boy and your noyfriend gaysonnyc too

  • dj q

    well fat joe better

  • GOMEZ

    HOODG IS A DUMBFUCK, BIG PUN WAS ONE OF THE BEST AND DJ Q SHOULD KILL HIMSELF IF HE THINKS FAT JOE IS BETTER THAN PUN. FUCKIN FAGGOTS!

  • rikan8383

    LYRICALLY, NOBODY IS BETTER THAN PUN IN MY BOOK NOT BIGGIE OR PAC!! REMEMBER FIRST LATINO TO GO PLATINUM.IF HE WAS STILL HERE HE WOULD OF BEEN SHITTING ON NIGGAS. THERE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN NO 50 CENT CUZ PUN SHITTED ON HIM YEARS AGO. RIP PUN

  • http://aim.com Jake

    shut up rikan8383. if there waz no pac, biggie or any other african-american rappers, pun wouldn’t hav been a rapper at all. he had to have someone to look up to.. biggie and pac was the best and im not sayin pun sucked cuz he was the best along side them 2. forget the fact he was the 1st latin to go platinum. Look at Fat Joe. he sucks period.

  • joey doe

    he sounds so relaxed because he used to lay down on the couch when he recorded songs you fuckin’morons! lmao!! haaah! im linked