Before hip hop denigrated into the mumble rap/trap garbage it became today, there existed larger than life lyrical legends that defined the culture. Chief among these were Big Punisher, the Brooklyn based Puerto Rican monster with the fastest tongue on the East Coast. Most of your so-called “lyrical” rappers owe at least a chunk of their game to this husky voiced (and huskier framed) 400lb emcee.

Big Pun

Capital Punishment hit the streets like a freight train, and featured the most versatile ‘street-level’ rapper since Biggie Smalls. Pun smashed the previous stereotype of street rap and brought a verbal acrobatic ability previously unmatched. Other rappers could be faster, sure, but none had the content and the storytelling abilities that Pun brought to the table.

“Capital Punishment”, the title track, is a tour de force hip hop storytelling and features a tragic story of Pun’s relative. What’s your favorite track? Comment below!

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