When it comes to Big Pun, there was no artist like him. Unfortunately, we never got to see what he’d become due to his life being cut short. But from what we did get, it was clear that Big Pun was one of the greatest lyricists of all time. His wordplay was masterful and uncanny, his cadence and flow were unmatched that paired with his ability to make songs playful yet devious and dark were something we’ve yet to see executed in the same way. Today I’ve decided to list my top 10 Best Big Pun Songs of all time. You may or may not agree with this list and honestly, I don’t really care. If you do agree, that’s wassup. If you don’t, that’s cool too. Go make your own list. With no more ado, let’s get into the Best Big Pun Songs.
10. It’s So Hard ft. Donell Jones
This has to be my least favorite song. Mind you this isn’t a bad song at all. I just love when Big Pun was serious on records. He was always much more potent with his lyricism when he was being aggressive. I did have to put this on the list because of his rhymes scheme in this song. He’s more playful on this song but yet still manages to rap better than anything you’d hear coming out of the rappers of today.
9. The Dream Shatterer
”When you awaken, your manhood’ll be taken, Fakin’ like your satan when I’m the rhymin’ abomination“ This man simply wasn’t a rapper you wanted to go bar for bar with. You’d lose, your favorite rapper would lose. He just had too much to say and enough wordplay as an elite wordsmith to say it. Plus any man who threatens to take your manhood away, regardless of how they plan on doing it isn’t someone you wanna f**k with.
8. Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy) ft. Prodigy and Inspektah Deck
It’s like Christmas, you have Big Pun, Mobb Deep, and The Wu-Tang Clan all on one track. Could you really ask for more? You really can’t. Unfortunately, this song is overlooked a lot of times but true Big Pun fans understand this is one of the essential Big Pun songs. In my opinion, it’s one of the better songs on Capital Punishment. If you haven’t heard it, you should definitely get familiar. Especially if you claim to love Hip Hop.
This is staple Big Pun right here. Off his album Capital Punishment, Big Pun raps as if he’s got an Aqua-Lung. What’s crazy to me is at his size, roughly 700 pounds. He shouldn’t have been able to rap the way he rapped on this record. Try to follow along and you might be out of breath before the song’s over and done with. There was no competition and he took no prisoners. Wanna hear real rap, listen to this record. Straight fire from start to finish.
6. Glamour Life ft. Fat Joe and Terror Squad
First of all, can we start with this beat? It’s so freakin’ smooth! This right here was Joey Crack and Big Pun at his finest. In the early ’90s, Fat Joe and Big Pun were such a dynamic duo but after Pun died. It seemed as if Fat Joe had a hard time finding his own voice. I’m sure Fat Joe took his death pretty hard. They rhymed together better than any two rappers had during those times. I’ve always said that Fat Joe would be a completely different rapper if Big Pun didn’t die. Nonetheless, this takes the number six spot on the list of the best Big Pun Songs of all time.
5. You Ain’t a Killer
There will never be another. To simply put, Big Pun was a student of the game. If you’re a true hip hop fan when you create your list of the top 10 best rappers to ever do it. It’s gonna be really not to exclude Big Pun from your list. He’d probably make it in a lot of fans Top 5 to be honest. He was so ahead of his time, furthermore, the third verse of this song is a true mastery in rap. Peep game.
With every passing year as more rappers come out, you realize how superior Big Pun is compared to this current generation of rappers. That’s if you even wanna call them that. Now I completely understand the landscape of hip hop has changed over the years but it’s hard to overlook just how good Big Pun was. Lastly, let us not forget that chainsaw that you’d hear throughout the record!
3. Twinz (Deep Cover 98) ft. Fat Joe
“Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn’t do diddly” That line till this day is undefeated. I don’t have to say much about this record. If you’ve never heard it, get familiar. It’s arguably one of the best rap lines to ever be spat which is why it makes it on the list of the best Big Pun Songs.
2. Off Wit His Head ft. Prospect
Ask anyone from the Bronx and they’ll simply tell you that Off Wit His Head is a Bronx anthem. The song came off his second album Yeeeah Baby. I wasn’t really a fan of the album as a whole but the I did enjoy a lot of the individual cuts on the project. This song stands out as it showcases Big Puns ability as a wordsmith. It’s also arguably one of the best verses Prospect ever dropped.
1. Still Not A Player
This was Big Pun’s biggest record to date. It marked the arrival of Big Pun. The record Still Not A Player showed that Big Pun not only knew how to rap but could also make a hit record. This is not to be mistaken with I’m Not A Player which Still Not A Player was remixed from. The record starts off with an iconic piano infused beat that most New Yorkers recognize from the first note. That paired with an unforgettable hook from singer Joe and the rest is history.