Rest in Paradise: Big Pun

Today, February 7, 2000, Christopher “Big Punisher” Rios passed away in NYC, New York. Big Pun proves eternal with the constant sampling of his music making many of today’s songs. For example, Eminem sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ in his chart-topping single, ‘Rap God.’

‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ comes from Big Pun’s solo debut studio album, “Capital Punishment.” At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, “Capital Punishment” was nominated for Best Rap Album.

Too, the album has platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. 

Some of the other artists who’ve sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ are Juelz Santana (‘Kid is Back’), Ocean Wisdom & Method Man (‘Ting Dun’), and Cuban Link & One Solo (‘Letter to Pun’). 

Stream ‘Capital Punishment’ on YouTube today 

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