Big Pun – Capital Punishment: 25th Anniversary Edition (2LP) [Get On Down GET51280]
Pressed on double-coloured vinyl in a gatefold jacket with a 25th anniversary commemorative obi limited to 2000 copies.
Big Pun remains on the best rappers ever list to this day. Reasons for this weigh largely on his debut Capital Punishment which was released 25 years ago. His commanding voice and rapid-fire delivery make it clear there will never be another Big Pun. 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.
There are numerous guest appearances, the best of which include aforementioned Fat Joe (on several tracks), Black Thought of The Roots on the MC showcase “Super Lyrical”, Prodigy and Inspectah Deck on “Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)”, and an extra-insane Busta Rhymes on “Parental Discretion”.