News: Swizz Beatz, Jim Jones, Method Man Resurrect Big Pun's "Legacy"

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 8:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Director Vlad Yudin was linked with EMI Label Services to re-release last year's Big Pun documentary Legacy with unseen footage featuring Swizz Beatz, Jim Jones and Method Man.

Dropping this September, the Pun re-release will showcase a variety of rap stars paying homage to the late emcee.

The film includes never before seen concert footage and video, as well as interviews with such Hip Hop superstars as Snoop Dogg, Jim Jones, Swizz Beats, DMX, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, XZIBIT, Bone Thugs n Harmony, GhostFace Killah, Prodigy, B Real, Styles P., Fredro Starr, DJ Enuff, Sticky Fingaz, Chuck D, Jae Millz, Big Tigger & many more. The Special Collector's Edition will also include a special Big Pun's 10th Year Anniversary video segment and further unreleased material not seen on the original version. (Press Release)

Yudin has released a statement confirming the project's re-release.

"I am extremely pleased to be working with EMI to re-release the Big Pun film. EMI had great success with their various Hip Hop releases over the past few years and their team is very resourceful," said director Vlad Yudin. "We have worked very hard on this project and EMI s will help to ensure that this film will reach further heights in the mass market." (Statement)

Last year, Yudin spoke with SOHH about the documentary's authenticity.

"It was all original," he told SOHH. "Every interview that was in the film, it was done specifically for the film that's why it took so long to create the film. Everything was original, everything was done for the film, all those interviews were done for Big Pun. The reason why [the appearances] are so diverse is because we wanted to keep it like that. We wanted to show his legacy, we wanted to show he influenced a lot of people. As far as difficulties, it was time consuming. Everybody that's in the film genuinely wanted to be in the film and genuinely wanted to share a story or some king of aspiration with us or comments on how great he was and what Big Pun did for their career. It was time consuming getting all the interviews in line and filming in different locations. They all definitely wanted to be a part of it." (SOHH)

Footage from the film landed online last summer 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 passed away in February 2000 from a heart attack and is renowned as the first Latino solo artist to reach platinum with his 1998 debut, Capital Punishment.

Check out a preview of Big Pun: The Legacy below:

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