In honor of today marking the 40th birthday of late rapper Big Pun, Terror Squad leader Fat Joe has inked an open letter in his memory.
Joey Crack’s letter spoke on Punisher being much more than an extraordinary rapper.
Happy Birthday my brother! I wish you were here. We would have done it real big if you was here. I know we getting older now. We would have done it big with our families. The world is missing you. Still to this day, I haven’t heard a better rapper yet. God bless you. When the world lost you, they lost an incredible spirit, an angel. Besides just being a dope rapper, you were always the best father, and you were always the best friend a person could have. Your loyalty and just being a sincere good person is really, really missed. Right now you probably would have had like 20 platinum album. To this day, they couldn’t catch your flow. I’m still trying to be better than you, but figured out I can’t be better than you yet. God Bless you man and till we meet again. You know we’re going to see each other again. Your twin, Joe Crack.” (XXL Mag)
Last year, Slaughterhouse’s Joell Ortiz imagined working alongside Pun.
“I would probably say, let’s forget about the chorus, let’s find the hardest beat ever invented by man and let’s just rhyme,” Joell said imagining himself recording with Pun. “I don’t want to say, ‘Okay Pun, you do 16, I’ll do 16 and then we’ll go back and forth. Let’s go. You write. I write. We get in there, you do what you do, I do what I do.’ We listen back [and] of course it’s going to be fuego because you’re dealing with beasts. Man, I’d just enjoy the session man. I’d just enjoy the person. Everybody I’ve ever spoke to about Big Pun have said he’s one of the funniest guys ever. He was one of the illest dudes to be around and I would just enjoy the session and the presence of that man. But when it come to that record, we would just spazz out. However it would play out, it would play out but I’m pretty sure it would be awesome — If I got a chance to get in there with Big Pun, it’d be something great and it wouldn’t be text book or design, it’d be no chorus, it’d be a raw beat and it’d be bars and more bars and that’s just that.” (Hip Hop Nation)
On the 10th anniversary of Pun’s passing, hip-hop artists like Q-Tip and N.O.R.E. paid homage to his memory on Twitter.
“@noreaga 2/7/2000 the late GREAT BIGPUN passed away..everyone give a moment of silence AND SHOW RESPECT (via @ThaEntertainer)#ripbigpunabout 3 hours ago from Tweetie….@OGOchoCinco rest n peace big pun #ripbigpun show some love to legend who is gone homey!!! I knew this day would come I’m a little sensitive thinking bout my brother pass me a beer I got this http://yfrog.com/324hgj I’m sorry y’all tears come to me when I think of my brother f*ck it I’m a man not scared to cry!!!!#ripbigpun D*mn i’m really getting weak right Now I’m have a moment#ripbigpun If we can’t make this a trending topic then f*ck Twitter #ripbigpun.” (N.O.R.E.’s Twitter)
Pun passed away from a heart attack over ten years ago.
At Fat Joe’s urging, he checked into a weight-loss clinic in North Carolina, where he lost 80 pounds. However, he returned to the Bronx before finishing the program, and gained back everything he’d lost, plus some extra; reports had his weight fluctuating between 450-700 pounds during his last few years. Tragically, but perhaps not unpredictably, Big Punisher suffered a fatal heart attack on February 7, 2000; he was only 28 years old, and left behind a wife and three children. (All Music)
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