Big Pun, who died after suffering from a heart attack and respiratory failure February 7, 2000, is being honored today (February 7), the anniversary of the day of his death, by several rappers, producers and fans.
Big Pun, a Bronx native who had Puerto Rican roots, was 28 years old and nearly 700 pounds when he died in White Plains, New York. He was best known for "Don't Wanna Be a Player," a selection that appeared on his 1998 debut album, Capital Punishment. He is the first Latino solo emcee to attain a platinum album, an achievement he earned for his debut album. Pun also rapped that he was "the first Latin rapper to baffle your skull," a boast he made on "The Dream Shatterer," a selection form Capital Punishment.
Big Pun's son, Chris Rivers, has also celebrated his father's legacy with "Beware," his take on his father's cut off Capital Punishment. Listen to Chris Rivers' "Beware" here.
Pun was my man! I call him the one take man with a bag of onion garlic potato chips in his hand lol. Miss him! R.I.P. BIG PUN!! #BXallday
— PETEROCK.COM (@PeteRock) February 7, 2014
R.i.p to one the illest rappers ever Big Pun!
— Raekwon (@Raekwon) February 7, 2014
— JOJO PELLEGRINO (@JoJoPellegrino) February 7, 2014
RIP Big Pun
— PAPI (@BodegaBAMZ) February 7, 2014
Jus know big pun my brother ! http://t.co/66p7ECVA3l
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) February 7, 2014
— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) February 7, 2014