Big Pun remains on the best rappers ever list to this very day. Reasons for this weigh largely on his platinum 1998 debut Capital Punishment. His commanding voice and rapid fire delivery make it clear there will never be another like him. Pun was New York. His confidence on the mic made him stand out among his contemporaries.
Similarly, the production - by a cast of many - remains ever so New York loyal. The close cousins "I'm Not a Player" and "Still Not a Player,” may have been the hits off this album but it is packed with so many more that show Pun’s true abilities. “Beware” and “Dream Shatterer” are great examples of Big Pun at his best, dark cinematic production with just enough room to let him breathe fire.
On “Twinz (Deep Cover)” Big Pun is trading bars with his mentor Fat Joe over a remake of Dr. Dre’s classic beat. Here Pun delivers one of his most quoted verses that contains among others “Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn't do diddly.”
There are numerous guest appearances here as well, the best of which include the aforementioned Fat Joe (on several tracks), the Roots' Black Thought on the MC showcase "Super Lyrical," Prodigy and Inspectah Deck on "Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)," and an extra-insane Busta Rhymes on "Parental Discretion."
3. Super Lyrical
4. Taster’s Choice (Skit)
5. Still Not A Player (feat. Joe)
7. The Dream Shatterer
8. Punish Me (feat. Miss Jones)
9. Pakinamac Pt. 1 (Skit)
10. You Ain’t A Killer
11. Pakinamac Pt. 2 (Skit)
12. Carribbean Connection (feat. Wyclef)
1. Capital Punishment
2. Uncensored (Skit) (feat. Funkmaster Flex)
3. I‘m Not A Player
4. Twinz (Deep Cover) (feat. Fat Joe)
5. The Rain & The Sun (Interlude) (feat. Dead Prez & Prospect)
7. You Came Up (feat. Noreaga)
8. Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy) (feat. Prodigy & Inspectah Deck)
9. Charlie Rock Shout (Skit)
10. Fast Money
11. Parental Discretion (feat. Busta Rhymes)