Singled Out: "I Didn't Change My Verse B/C I Didn't Want To Outshine Big Pun's Son"
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 12:10AM
[SOHH highlights a single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After actor/singer Jason Weaver spoke on making waves with black music, rap veteran Cormega shows Boricua love to late rapper Big Pun's son on their "Get It In" remix.]
The only song on my Raw Forever compilation album that I have a real story behind is the "Get It In" remix with Baby Pun. My song with the son of the late great Christopher Rios a.k.a Big Pun.
He's on the "Get It In" remix. I noticed Pun's son had got into the rap game and I always scratched my head at how Pun's son could be a rapper and yet all of these people that were rocking with Pun or had love for Pun didn't come do a feature with him yet, or try to help him.
So within moments of me speaking to him and the amount of respect he gave me [made me decide to work with him]. I mean, for one, Big Pun's son said I was one of his favorite artists. That blew my mind. I always feel like the underrated guy and so for him to say that [...] he was so humble and so cool. Just like his father.
I remember I told him, "Yo, I'm gonna get you on something." So I put him on the "Get It In" remix and then he came to the studio and did his verse. Usually, when I do a song with somebody like that, I would change my verse, just flipping it. But I didn't want to change my verse because I didn't want to try and outshine Big Pun's son.
So I left my same verse that I had on there that was previously released. So that was one of the highlights for me and the album. Having Pun's son on there doing a remix was big.
An underground and critical favorite, Cormega was the rare hardcore rapper to win praise from all directions, and while he never quite crossed over like some of his New York City peers, he maintained a respectable independence over the years nonetheless, self-releasing his work on the Legal Hustle label. Born Cory McKay, Cormega grew up in the same Queensbridge housing projects that were home to a generation of rappers, most notably Nas, Mobb Deep, AZ, andTragedy Khadafi, and a previous generation that famously included Marley Marl and the Juice Crew.
Check out "Get It In" remix below: