News: Raekwon Says Big Pun Inspired Lyricism, "N*ggas Was Gonna Have To Know How To Say What He Said" [Video]

Friday, Feb 5, 2010 5:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon recently spoke on the late rapper Big Pun's legacy and how the rap game became more lyrical when the Spanish emcee made his mark in 1998.

According to "The Chef," Pun's lyricism was one of his key features.

"['Still Not A Player'] was mad bullet proof too though. But I'm talking about his single, it had The O'Jays in it. He was showing he knew how to do the freestyle and how to make songs. So that was important but that song was fire though...We all got slang but the way Pun slang was like he had his sh*t where he made sure that n*ggas was gonna have to know how to say what he said the same way," Rae explained in an interview. "'Dead in the middle of Little Italy, little did we know every,' n*ggas be like this all day, 'What did he say!?' He sounded crazy." (Big Pun The Legacy: The Lost Files)

The upcoming Big Pun: The Lost Files documentary will consist of unreleased footage based on the late rapper.

"I decided to do something special for February 7th, 2010, which will mark the tenth anniversary of Big Pun's death," Director Vlad Yudin explained. "We're putting together a project which is Big Pun's Legacy: The Lost Files and it will consist of interviews that we were unable to use in the actual film. We shot a ton of footage for the film, it was so many interviews not used at all. When you make a film, you have to follow a central story line, you have to keep the phase going so we were unable to use some of the interviews at all. So in this project, we will be able to show things that were not shown in the film." (SOHH)

West Coast rapper Xzibit also spoke on Pun's overwhelming impact outside of New York.

"Big Pun didn't really make a big impact in the West so to speak until he put out 'Still Not A Player,'" Xzibit said. "Once he hit the radio, once he hit the mainstream, it was just overnight. It wasn't just in the West, it was everywhere. We have our heroes out here in the West but Pun came through as undeniable." (SOHH)

Yudin previously spoke with SOHH about the story behind Legacy.

"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)

Check out Raekwon speaking on Big Pun below:

Raekwon On Big Pun from on Vimeo.

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