Slaughterhouse’s Joell Ortiz has decided to elaborate further on his appreciation and respect forlate rapper Big Pun in light of the recent criticism he’s received courtesy of his widow.
Ortiz credited Pun amongst a slew of other Hispanic emcees for inspiring his career.
“if they was no PUN, Breal, nore, fatjoe, cuban, seiss, armagadon [sic] there would be no ME! im clear on that. always have been,always will.,” he tweeted June 6th.
“Think before you talk,tweet,post or blog.”
“#floatlife PRPARADE” (Joell Ortiz’s Twitter)
Last November, Ortiz imagined resurrecting Big Pun and sharing the microphone with him.
“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)
In addition to releasing Pun tribute tracks, Ortiz has credited the quick-tongued lyricist as one of many rap pioneers who helped pave a lane for Hispanic emcees.
“Latins in Hip Hop would never have been possible without the contributions of ground breaking pioneers like, Big Pun (RIP), Cypress Hill, Melo Man Ace, Charlie Chase, Whippy Wip, Ruby Dee, Beatnuts, Tony Touch, Kid Frost, South Park Mexican, Lighter Shade of Brown, Fat Joe, Son Doobie, Tito of the Fearless Four, Tres Delinquentes, Hurricane Gand others whose names I may have forgotten but whose contributions to this culture are in my blood,” Ortiz wrote in a blog post dating back to 2005. (Hip Hop Game)
As of late, Pun’s widow Liza Rios has taken offense to Ortiz’s “Big Pun’s Back” tribute.
“A lot of people are asking how I feel bout Joell Ortiz BIG PUN is Back. Well it was a good attempt on Joell Ortiz part BUT a BIG PUN he will Never be! Found it a bit disrespectful that he would say he the next Christopher Lee Rios to say the least.. With no regard to Me and My family especially My Son PUN’S Only Son which should Be the ONLY one to Claim that BIG PUN is Back..” (Ms Drama TV)
Check out Joell Ortiz’s “Big Pun’s Back” music video below: