Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday to a Hip Hop Legend No Longer With Us

Happy Birthday to Christopher Rios, better known as Big Punisher (Big Pun), who would have been 40 today if not for a fatal heart attack caused by his morbid obesity. I apologize for my first two posts dealing with deaths in hip hop, but just like Heavy D's recent death that is now shaking the hip hop community, something beautiful can be found in these losses. Big Pun is in my opinion the best hispanic rapper to ever grace his voice on a beat. Capital Punishment is one of my favorite albums based on it's lyrical value alone, and his second album Yeeeah Baby,  released shortly after his death, did not disappoint.

"I shatter dreams/
like Jordan, assault and batter your team/
your squadron will be barred from rap like Adam and Eve at the garden." - "Dream Shatterer"

Pun was known for his lightning quick delivery and breath control (all the more amazing taking into account his obesity) as well as his multisyllablic rhyme schemes and street braggadocio which he delivered pound for pound. (no pun intended) (haha. big pun)

Pun also had a connection with the ladies which I will never understand. A story told by Prodigy of Mobb Deep comes to mind. Long story short Pun walked into a hotel room with a young lady and five minutes later she ran out screaming, "He tried to get on top!!!" Yes 500 pounds of puerto rican is a lot to love but with lyrics like, "I ain't a playa, I just fuck a lot/jump on top of my dick, and work them hips until I bust a shot" (I'm Not A Player) it's easy to see that he did not let his size affect his mack daddy abilities.

Big Pun's debut album Capital Punishment was nominated for best rap album at the 1999 Grammy Awards but in a major upset lost to Jay-Z's Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life. Big Pun fought a very open battle with obesity in the early 90s and on February 7th, 2000 he died of respiratory failure.

"My word is bond, long as I'm alive, ima put it on" -"You Came Up"

With all the arguments I hear about the best rappers to bless the mic I always hear the same names Biggie, 2pac, Eminem, etc.. It's a shame more people don't realize the quality of music that Pun put out in his career and his big personality which matched his big heart. Your legacy will live on through your music and that's the greatest gift you could've given us. R.I.P.

Peace, love and hip hop


"Still Not a Player"

This song brought him into the mainstream light and showed the world he wasn't
 just another rapper.

"Twinz (98 Deep Cover)" (feat. Fat Joe) 

90's street anthem. With help from Fat joe and their verses playing off each other this song is revolutionary.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hip Hop Loses Yet Another Legend

After the sudden deaths of Amy Whinehouse and Nate Dogg the music industry suffers another tragic loss. Heavy D, leader of hip hop group Heavy D and the Boyz has died today at the age of 44. He has been making music since his debut album Living Large and has not stopped being in the spotlight since. His most recent performance was on the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards (scary timing). While hip hop loses another star it will certainly not forget it's heaviest one. R.I.P.

His last interview:

Old school hip hop at it's finest:

So...Where Do I Start?

So if you would have told me that I should make a blog a couple of years ago I probably would've given u a weird look and said for what? Blogs are for self-centered ass holes who think people give a shit about what flavor ice cream they ate last night while watching some gay lifetime movie. But in retrospect I realize we're in a new age of networking. It's probably the same reason people go on myspace, facebook and twitter, because all the kids are doing it. So my purpose with this blog is simply to express my opinions and hopefully educate the reader to make their own opinions. I will criticize music and movies and any other pop culture news that I can. This blog will be a journal for my personal life and experiences and hopefully the least the reader can get is a laugh or two at the stupid shit that happens in the world. This is just the beginning. -Rampage 

P.S. I won't be posting any of my music on this site because this blog is strictly for critical and observational purposes if you are interested you can follow the links below.!/pages/Rampage/121557261245030

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