Joell Ortiz Elaborates On Big Pun's Widow Calling Him "Disrespectful"

The Slaughterhouse member explains that he never had to seek approval before and that her reaction came as a surprise.

Following the release of his version of “Big Pun’s Back,”  Joell Ortiz came under fire after Pun’s widow, Liza Rios, blasted him for being “disrespectful.” The Slaughterhouse member elaborated on the controversy, explaining that he never had to seek approval from Rios before and that he was shocked she took offense.

“First of all, I’m not sitting here without someone like Big Pun. You understand? They did Tupac and named Biggie and I was like, here’s my dude. I got this one, let me do this one,” he told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez. “When that kind of stuff happened, I was more surprised. I really didn’t get it. I don’t understand where it was coming from. From the beginning of my career, I’ve done tributes for him.”

After Rios spoke out against the song on her Facebook page, Ortiz tweeted that Pun’s sister supported the record and called him to thank him. But when it came to Rios, he couldn’t understand why she reacted negatively.

“I couldn’t grasp why Liza’s response was like that. She’s embraced me every time I’ve done something for her late husband. I’ve done tributes, I’ve put out freestyles on his birthday almost annually, I performed with the man’s urn on stage. For her. You understand?” he continued. “I don’t understand where this is coming from. I’m confused. I’m not angry - I can’t be mad at her, because she’s cool. I didn’t know I had to check in this time. I never checked in when I did something for her, her husband who I’m a huge fan of and would never feel like I’m disrespecting her by just doing it. I thought she would hear that and be like, ‘Yeah!’ again. And then I read that and I was like, huh? But it’s alright.”

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30 Comments

  • OnemikE

    Much respect to Joell for clarifying that situation. Its basically the people Pun's wife has in her ear, peeps tellin her the wrong sh*t like if anyone gon make a dollar of pun name it should be no one but us.. Joell is right though he been reppin Pun for a minute and for her, Cuban, Tony sunshine to come out and be like its wrong is just f*ckin crazy... F*ckin ignorance man... Shows you that even when you wanna do shit w/a good heart and intentions m*thafuckaz'll come out of no where to still hate...

  • Mocredible

    He made it clear that it was a tribute to Pun, so thats the most important message.

  • Mocredible

    I understand what Liza Rios is saying. Her anger is coming from Joell Ortiz, implying that he's taking Big Puns spot as the next rapper who's of Hispanic decent. She doesnt want an outsider(not in the family)trying to fill Puns shoes. But what should matter the most is.. No other rappers thats of hispanic decent can be better right now to represent Puns legacy than Joell Ortiz.

  • Charles Loeffler

    Fuck Joell's fake "Latino" horseshit; there are NUMEROUS important Latino musicians from the part of BK where Joell is from; have ya'll ever heard him mention ** ANY ** of them? You fucking well haven't!! But he'll put his White Castle-stained lips on Big Puns nutsack because he thinks it gives him 'credibility.' Ortiz is a has-been cornball, and when the only thing you DID that was OK is half of one album, it's time to quit. Shut yo' mowf, Ortiz, nobody wants to hear it.

  • BIG FACE ITALY

    She kinda acts like she made his life so easy while she was blackballin Pun even after his death.

  • BIG FACE ITALY

    Pun is one of the greatest mc's ever!!! And mostly forgotten when they talk about Pac and Big Joell keeps his name alive. Its really bullshit to hate on that.

  • al green

    How is Joell being disrespectful? Isn't putting ur families dirty laundry out on a dvd after your husband passes away being disrespectful? She makes it seem like she helped pun become the G.O.A.T that he is. Btw how the hell u claim ur homeless but have a facebook account smh

  • COURTNEY ADAMS

    ORTIZ HAS BEEN A FUCKING ANIMAL SINCE THE FIRST TIME I HEARD HIM, HE WAS JUST TRYNA LOOK OUT FOR HIS LATINO NATION AND DROP A VERSION FOR PUN, LIZA IS TRIPPIN, AND SUMBODY SAID ORTIZ AINT THAT GOOD, I KNOW U FUCKING LYING

  • Graham Conselyea

    Corny Joell Ortiz is disrespectful to MUSIC, period. Get this whiny fat fuck off the stage.

  • mgruppe.com

    I AGREE WITH THIS DUDE RAFAEL GARCIA GUTIERREZ SPEAKIN OF "OVERGROWN FANBOYS" - JOELL AND ALSO GAME TAKE TOOOOOOOOO MANY NAMES IN THEIR MOUTHS INSTEAD OF GROWING UP THEIR OWN "GREATNESS" WITHOUT REFERRING TO LEGENDARY ARTISTS LIKE PUN, EAZY-E, PAC, BIGGIE, ETC.

  • Rafael Garcia Gutierrez

    Fuck Ortiz and his bullshit 'tributes' already; did any of ya'll hear that garbage "Mudering The Classics" he did or whatever it was called? Like Game except without charisma, Joell is an overgrown fanboy and his endlesss WHINING is unbearable. Why does he ALWAYS have a problem? Maybe because except for the few nice cuts on "The Brick," Joell's horrible: no personality, irritating voice, fake nickame some jive 'manager' told him to come up with, etc. Ya'll should ALL be insulted! Joell Ortiz is Puerto Rican for 'narcissist douchebag.'

    • Anonymous

      Not implying that he has no skills, but I have to agree. Aside from Battle Cry, The Brick was his only good project. But the lines and his voice did become sooo annoying over the years that his whole music sounds like garbage.

    • war22

      u should get an award for the best HATER of the year...goddamn dude u HATE with some much style

  • Jose Vasquez

    She probably got mad because of the shitty beat haha.

  • Joell's Cheesburger

    Joell needs to shut the fuck up already; no wonder only 300 people bought his last piece of shit album and he's always clowning himself online and on the mic... ... About the only thing bigger than an urn of Big Pun are the bags of White Castle this fatso wolfs down. As for Joell's money, he's hardly better off than the Widow Pun. You ** are ** paying your child support on time, right Joell? Forget about DRE, get your GRE and do something with your life because show business ain't your thing.

  • Guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koN-yF4ySQs&feature=related Skywalker - Barton Block

  • BIgBeej

    Joell should pistol whip her for that shit.Pun intended, TWICE

  • O

    to homegirl, if Pun were alive he would slap the shit out of you.. just like he did in that video you released (which was disrespectful) And then there was the incident w/ you and Fat Joe on the radio.. (Disrespectful)

  • Big Dynasty

    The Bitch wants some of your money,thats all it is. She figures you keep using his name, so what is in it for her. Greedy Bitch!!!!

  • Sin

    Joell Ortiz has shown respect to Pun through out his career, so to think that he was trying to be disrespectful is completely idiotic.

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P Big Punisher

  • Nico 3

    I didn't know Pun's urn could fit on a stage.

  • Nike Champ 718

    He performed with Pun's urn on stage? He thinks he's Paul Bearer and Undertaker?

  • junMaf*ckn

    I Think She Was Just Seeking Attention For Her and Big Pun's Son. She Coulda Went About It A Better Way Tho. ESPECIALLY If You Cosigned Joell Rockin Wit Pun's URN On Stage! Joell Been Biggin Up Pun Since He Started...

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