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Several artists look back into the time and space that occupied the era of hip-hop in 1998 and Capital Punishments impact on the game.

In a recent video released by BET through a 106 & Park exclusive, artist gather to express their views on Big Pun’s music and the person that he was as they reminisced about Pun’s quintessence that took form on Capital Punishment.


R.I.P. Pun. His lyrical prowess mixed with a newness that captivated everyone in 90’s hip-hop, opened a door as well as minds. A proud Latino who consistently put on for his city and community, the artist born Christopher Rios became an ambassador of sorts for the Hispanic community within hip-hop. Collaborating with The Beatnuts and Fat Joe early in his career he came up in the New York underground.

Pun will be remembered for the immediate impact and steady response from fans in all four corners of the hip-hop world. The lyrics sung verbatim at house parties, the elation that fills rooms, the nostalgia that transports us to the late 90’s in New York and that assertive voice that booms through the microphone.

With artists like Noreaga, Talib Kweli, up and comer Bodega Bamz, freestyle wizard Joell Ortiz, and Wyclef Jean sharing their recollections, the video offers plenty of insight.

Watch it here.

Virgilio Mendez