Slaughterhouse’s Joell Ortiz has expanded on making headlines last weekend by late rapper Big Pun‘s widow calling him out over calling himself the hier to the fallen Terror Squad soldier.
Speaking with radio personality Angie Martinez this week, Ortiz admitted his confusion over the publicized remarks.
“First of all, I’m not sitting here without someone like Big Pun,” Ortiz acknowledged during the interview. “[Rick Ross and Meek Millz] did ‘Tupac Back,’ Maino did ‘Biggie Back,’ so I was like, ‘alright, here’s my due. I got this one. Let me do this one.’ When that stuff happened, I was surprised. I really didn’t get it. I don’t understand where it was coming from. From the beginning of my career, I’ve done tributes to him.” (Hot 97)
Ortiz also pointed out how much respect he has always shown toward Pun’s legacy.
“I couldn’t grasp why Liza [Rios]’s response was like that,” Ortiz added. “She’s embraced me every time I’ve done something. I’ve done tributes, freestyles on his birthday, almost annually. I performed with the man’s urn on stage for her. I don’t know where this is coming from. I’m confused. I’m not angry. I can’t be mad at her ’cause she’s cool. I didn’t know I had to check in this time. I never checked in when I did something for her husband. I thought she’d be like, ‘yeah!’ But it’s alright.” (Hot 97)
Earlier this week, the Latin rapper spoke on Pun’s influence on his craft.
“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. (Joell Ortiz’s Twitter)
Last weekend, Pun’s widow Liza Rios explained her displeasure in hearing “Big Pun’s Back.”
“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” below: