"At 26 he became the first Latin solo hip-hop artist to go platinum. At 28 he was dead." - "Still Not A Player" Documentary
Christopher Lee Rios, who was more commonly known by his stage name, Big Pun, came up in the 90's during the height of the underground hip hop scene in the Bronx. His rise to prominence in the industry was very impressive and very fast, before his untimely death. Pun first hit it big in the streets with The O'Jay's inspired “I’m Not A Player.” He then released his debut recording, Capital Punishment, in 1998 with LOUD and RCA Records. It was the first album by a Latino rapper to go platinum, the record was nominated for a Grammy, and it peaked at No.5 on the Billboard 200. Pun passed away from a heart attack on February 7, 2000. He weighed over 700 pounds at the time of his death. Check out this full feature film from Czar Productions documenting the life and death of Big Pun below.
***WARNING: Explicit Content***
Also hit play below to hear the street anthem “Twinz (Deep Cover ’98)” Featuring Fat Joe
CLICK HERE to read an article posted by Rolling Stone on February 8, 2000 breaking the news of Pun’s death.