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Big Pun/ Capital Punishment

Posted by Guy Fawkes

Quick, whose the best Latin MC ever? If you didn't say Big Pun, your in luck, ya boy has got you. I've always been mesmerized by Big Pun's rhyming abilities, he provides more substance in 10 seconds than most rappers do in a whole song. It almost seems like he wastes his lines by rapping so quickly, but that adds to his legend. Ironically, Fat Joe found Big Pun and singed him to the still present Terror Squad, and Pun quickly proved to be a great investment for Joey Crack. Probably the only good signing Fat Joe has ever made, and the sadder thing is the death of Big Pun from a stroke. Imagine if Big L, Big Pun, and Biggie Smalls had never died, us hip hop fans would be spoiled. For now enjoy the Latin "Illmatic".

Track #2- Beware- very simple beat that introduces Big Pun as a stone cold track murderer, or maybe a serial killer. I think this line says it all: "Y'all niggas can't do shit to me, physically, lyrically, hypothetically, realistically I'm the epitome".

Track #3- Super Lyrical- Pun rhymes circles around Black Thought, a great rhymer on this track. Pun is literally super lyrical. The turntabling, hook and the "aah" sample actually makes this a memorable beat.

Track #5- Still Not A Player- This track is acclaimed, I don't see it, but it's definitely enjoyable.

Track #7-The Dream Shatterer- Pun goes off and I believe comes with his best lines of the album, if not, definitely his best metaphors. The beat is awkward yet it does the trick. The hook just fits and this is a great song.

Track #8- Punish Me-This song is so well made you may not notice this awkward threat: "I want to raise my little man but you keep on resisting, I'm insisting you chill before you end up missing".

Track #10- You Ain't A Killer- If you don't listen to anything else, check this song out. It's classic. One of the best of the 90's.

Track #13- Glamour Life- the track is gritty as fuck, ironically, Pun has 4 guest verses on this track, yet all of them spit fire, and Pun's hook is pretty good too. The beat is simple, but fits the verses perfectly.

Track #14- Capitol Punishment- The rhyming is on another level on this song, and the beat fits like a sock.

Track #19- Boomerang- It's hard to find anything bad to say about this song. It's perfect.

Track #21- Tres Leches/ Triboro Trilogy- Banging this song could make anyone feel hard. This song defines the Wu-Tang and 90's raps perfectly.

Track #23- Fast Money- Once you warm up to this song, you will notice that it's pretty good.

I love this album, no matter how many times I listen to it, it holds up every time. It is just sad what Pun could have done, if it wouldn't have been for his early demise.

0-20: Terrible listening experience
21-40: Maybe one good song
41-60: A few good songs
61-80: Half are good songs, half are weak
81-100: Great listening experience, almost all are great songs

I give this album a 89. Almost all the tracks are amazing, but there is a lot of interludes, and a few bad tracks. I'd definitely cop this shit and support good music, but since you won't here you go:

Get It Right Now, Right Here


Were Read 2 Def said...

Pun's a beast on dis 1.

Anonymous said...

BIG PUN is the nicest he would say and he's back on these new remixes my boy sent me the link you gotta peep this cd of BIG PUN its sick. Shout out to Terror Squad for making it free to all BIG PUN fans!!

Anonymous said...

Big Pun and Big L where overrated. Dom Pachino PR Terrorist is the best latin Mc ever.

Anonymous said...

this album is nowhere near Illmatic. Son whats wrong with you? people need to quit giving dead rappers props they didnt get when they where alive.Big Pun was a weak mc and people wasnt realy checking for Pun I got his shit and was disappointed.Im sorry Big Pun was overrated. P.D.O speaking

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