Big Pun biography

Big Pun

Hardcore hip hop, Musical Artist

1971 – 2000

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Who was Big Pun?

Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper and actor of Puerto Rican background. BIg Pun emerged from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track "Off the Books" in 1997, and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy in 1995, prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist. Pun's lyrics are notable for technical efficiency, having minimal pauses to take a breath, heavy use of alliteration as well as internal and multi-syllabic rhyming schemes.

About.com ranked him #25 on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time, while MTV2 ranked him #11 on its list of the "22 Greatest MCs." In 2012, The Source ranked him #19 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. An article from The Rolling Stones Magazine states, "Pun embodied all of the traits of a master wordsmith: melody, a unique flow, an unforgettable voice, humor, and lyrics that made other MCs go back to their black and white composition notebooks."

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Born
Nov 10, 1971
The Bronx
Also known as
  • Big Punisher
  • Christopher Lee Rios
  • Big Moon Dawg
  • Pun
  • Chris
  • Big Moon Dog
  • Christopher Rios
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Lived in
  • The Bronx
Died
Feb 7, 2000
White Plains

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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