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Big Punisher (Big Pun for short, born Christopher Lee Rios) (November 10, 1971 - February 7, 2000) was a Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in the Bronx in the late 1990s. He appeared on albums from Raekwon, the Beatnuts and Fat Joe and eventually signed to Loud Records. After an advertising blitz, "I'm Not a Player" was an underground hit. His full length debut followed in 1998, Capital Punishment. With a group of Latino rappers, Big Pun formed the Terror Squad before dying of a heart attack at 700 lb (320 kg). A posthumous album, Yeeeah Baby came out a few weeks after his death in 2000. He is most often praised for his complex rhyme scheme, unceasing rhythm, and incredibly relentless flow and breath control, despite his immense size.
- Capital Punishment, 1998
- Yeeeah Baby, 2000
- Endangered Species, 2001
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