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Big Punisher

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The very first solo Latino rapper to look platinum, Big Punisher was also just one more person in the hip-hop community to fall victim to an early on loss of life — though in his case, it had been due to health issues, not violence. As opposed to his huge body, Big Pun was a amazingly elegant and nimble rapper, providing his often smart, tongue-twisting rhymes in a torrential speed. Big Pun was created Christopher Rios on November 10, 1971, and was raised within the South Bronx’s Puerto Rican community. He endured a tough childhood within an unpredictable home, and transferred out when he was 15, falling out of senior high school around once. Still, he continuing his education by himself, and became thinking about rapping and breakdancing (he was a good athlete during his teenager years). In 1989, beneath the name Big Moon Pup, he and many friends produced a street-corner rap group known as the entire a Clips Staff. He later transformed his name to Big Punisher, following the Marvel Comics superhero, and captured his big break when he fulfilled and impressed fellow Bronx rapper Unwanted fat Joe in 1995. He guested on several Unwanted fat Joe monitors, “Fire Drinking water” (which also highlighted Raekwon) and “LOOK OUT,” and pursuing an appearance on Funkmaster Flex’s The Combine Tape, Vol. 1, quickly produced a name for himself within the underground community. He guested prominently over the Beatnuts’ “From the Books” in 1997, and in addition caused B True and Flesh-N-Bone. Pun have scored an underground strike of his very own with “I’m Not really a Participant” in 1997, and in addition added “You Ain’t a Killer” towards the Soul within the Opening golf ball documentary. With Body fat Joe’s help, he guaranteed a cope with Loud Information. Big Pun’s single debut, Capital Consequence, premiered in 1998 and debuted in the very best Five because of “Still Not really a Participant,” a club-ready remix of “I’m Not really a Participant” that demonstrated massively well-known. Earning credibility within the hardcore rap globe aswell, Capital Punishment continued to market over two million copies. The next yr, Pun teamed up along with his coach, Extra fat Joe, and many up-and-coming MCs to create the Terror Squad, which released a self-titled debut recording. Pun remained in the general public attention with guest focus on information by Noreaga and Jennifer Lopez (the strike “Feelin’ SO EXCELLENT,” which also presented Extra fat Joe) while focusing on his second recording. Sadly, his longtime challenges with overeating and weight problems were starting to obtain the better of him. At Unwanted fat Joe’s urging, he examined right into a weight-loss medical clinic in NEW YORK, where he dropped 80 pounds. Nevertheless, he returned towards the Bronx before completing this program, and obtained back again everything he’d dropped, and several extra; reports got his pounds fluctuating between 450-700 pounds during his last couple of years. Tragically, but not unpredictably, Big Punisher experienced a fatal coronary attack on Feb 7, 2000; he was just 28 yrs . old, and left out a wife and three kids. His finished second recording, Yeeeah Baby, premiered two months later on to reviews that are positive and moved into the graphs at number 3. 2001’s Endangered Varieties was a compilation combining hits, guest looks, and unreleased materials; it, as well, was a high Ten vendor. Big Pun’s existence was the main topic of the 2002 documentary film Still Not really a Participant.

Quick Facts


Full Name Big Pun
Died February 7, 2000, White Plains, New York, United States
Height 1.71 m
Weight 698 pounds
Profession Actor, Rapper
Nationality American
Spouse Liza Rios
Children Chris Rivers, Vanessa Rios, Amanda Rios
Parents Gail Tirado
Siblings Christine Rios, Nyree Rios, Piña Rios, Nicole Rodriguez
Music Groups Terror Squad
Music Songs Still Not a Player, It's So Hard, Twinz, You Ain't a Killer, 100%, Beware, I'm Not a Player, How We Roll, You Came Up, Super Lyrical, Brave in the Heart, The Dream Shatterer, Punish Me, Glamour Life, Tres Leches, Laughing at You, Wrong Ones, Ms. Martin, Off Wit' His Head, Banned From T.V., Caribbean Connection, Pakinamac, Parental Discretion, My Turn, Watch Those, You Was Wrong, Fire Water, How We Roll '98, Whatcha Gon Do, Nigga Shit, Classic Verses, Fast Money
Albums Bronx Legends Never Die, The Legacy: The Best of Big Pun, Endangered Species, Yeeeah Baby, Capital Punishment
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, ALMA Award for Outstanding Music Video
Movies Thicker than Water, Urban Menace, Boricua's Bond, Big Pun: Still Not a Player, Big Pun: Live, R.I.P. II: Eyes on Hip Hop


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#Fact
1 Was a star athlete as a youth.
2 Was best friends with Fat Joe
3 Whitney Houston, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Sean Combs, Lil' Kim, LL Cool J, Mack 10, The Lox, Wyclef Jean, and 'Bone Thugs 'N Harmony' were among the various celebrities that either attended Big Pun's funeral and/or sent flowers.
4 Dropped out of Stevenson High School at the age of 15.
5 Grandmother's name is Carmen de la Tajera.
6 Mother's name is Gail Tirado.
7 Is survived by four sisters (Piña, Nicole, Nyree, Christine), two daughters (Amanda, Vanessa), and one son (Christopher).
8 Son, Christopher, is carrying on his father's legacy as "Baby Pun".
9 Both their marriage and honeymoon was held in Bronx, New York (City Hall and the Marriot Marquis).
10 Rios weighed 698 pounds at the time of his death.
11 Rap music artist.
12 Cremated and buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, on Feb 12, 2000.
13 First Latin rapper to go multiplatinum.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vacation 2015/I performer: "Still Not A Player"
Ballers 2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Rap Critic Reviews 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
That Awkward Moment 2014 performer: "Still Not a Player"
Alpha and Omega 2010 performer: "Feelin' So Good" / writer: "Feelin' So Good"
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2005 Video Game performer: "Shut Em Down Remix", "Beware", "Twinz Deep Cover 98" / writer: "Beware", "Twinz Deep Cover 98" - as C. Rios
Jennifer Lopez in Concert 2001 TV Movie documentary performer: "Still Not a Player" / writer: "Feelin' So Good" - as Christopher Rios / writer: "Still Not a Player"
Jennifer Lopez: Feelin' So Good 2000 Video documentary writer: "Feelin' So Good"
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 performer: "Makes Me Sweat" - as Big Punisher / writer: "Makes Me Sweat" - as Christopher Rios
Slam 1998 performer: "Sex, Money & Drugs" - as Big Punisher / writer: "Sex, Money & Drugs" - as Big Punisher

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thicker Than Water 1999 Punny (as Big Punisher)
Whiteboyz 1999 Don Flip Crew (uncredited)
Urban Menace 1999 Video Crow (as Big Punisher)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jennifer Lopez: The Reel Me 2003 Video composer: song "Feelin' So Good"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jennifer Lopez: The Reel Me 2003 Video Himself (segment "Feelin' So Good")
Big Pun: Still Not a Player 2002 Documentary Himself
Jennifer Lopez: Feelin' So Good 2000 Video documentary Himself
Boricua's Bond 2000 Himself (as Big Punisher)
Moesha 1998 TV Series Himself
Pete Rock: Soul Survivor 1998 Video short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
E! True Hollywood Story 2009 TV Series documentary
Big Pun: The Legacy 2008 Video documentary Himself
Video on Trial 2005 TV Series Himself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "Capital Punishment."


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#Quote
1 "I'm mostly concentrating now on continuing to make history in Hip-Hop, making everybody proud of me, I'm not just a rapper now, I'm in history now".


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