News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Big Pun's "Legacy" Director Spills Details On Doc, "He Was Facing A Lot Of Difficulties In His Life"

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 11:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With the upcoming release of Big Pun's The Legacy documentary, which features Prodigy, Styles P and Swizz Beatz, director Vlad Yudin and producer Edwin Mejia hit up SOHH to discuss the film's content and why fans should expect to see unreleased footage of the late rapper.

Yudin said the film will also focus on Pun's life away from the music and how he got his start in hip-hop as a kid from the Bronx, New York.

"We definitely focus on different aspects of his life, before he became Big Pun, when he was Chris Rios," Yudin explained. "We focus mostly on his career in music but we definitely touch base on him growing up, him struggling to get into music and he was facing a lot of difficulties in his life. He was going through a lot of different things with his family and they were moving around the Bronx a lot. The main focus on the film is his career, accomplishments of course. And we definitely go into detail with him creating the albums, working on the music, collaborating and all the way up to his death and then we focus a lot on what his legacy meant to the people in the film...This film is not being used by anybody for any reason besides telling the story of Big Pun...As far as the footage, primarily interviews and locations, that was like over 100 hours of footage. Then we had separate footage that was collected from different sources which was around another 30 hours of footage alone. [This included] concert footage, interviews, things that were never seen by anybody." (SOHH)

The film's producer, Edwin Mejia, also told SOHH about the project's significance.

"The story is told in a way so that if nobody knew who Big Pun was or a young guy coming out of the Bronx doesn't know who he was today, he would really appreciate the film and understand the impact that he had." (SOHH)

The upcoming documentary will be overseen by Pun's widow, Liza Rios.

Big Pun: The Legacy is by Vlad Yudin and will be released through CZA/Vivendi/Universal accompanied by the Big Pun CD. The disc, which is called The Legacy: The Best of Big Pun will be released under Loud/Columbia/Sony. Both projects will drop on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009. Liza Rios is a film consultant for the movie and proceeds from this project goes to her and Pun's three children. (Press Release)

Footage from the film landed online last month and showed the late rapper's wife and many associates, including Mobb Deep's Prodigy, discussing Pun's life.

"That n*gga ordered everything on the f*cking menu," Prodigy says in the clip. "I think he ordered like all the entrees and all the appetizers. That n*gga ate everything he had and he started hitting everybody else plate. He was like 'P, you gonng finish that shrimp? Eh yo son, you gonna finish that?' like this n*gga was going at it, son." (Big Pun: The Legacy)

Big Pun: The Legacy will land in stores Tuesday, September 15th.

Check out a clip from film below:

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