For those that grew up in the 90’s HipHop scene Big Pun was the beacon of hope for young Latinos growing up in the hood. The Bronx native was a charismatic, charming “hood” dude. I had the pleasure of having out with Pun a few times before and after he and his people’s blew up.
I think it was 93 or 94 when me and my rhyme partner at that time were trying to find producers, studios and such. I was in Syracuse U and my boy went to Lehman college there he met a Cuban mc by the name of Cuban Links; although back then he was just the Lyrical Assassin. They began hanging out and used to call me like “yo, you need to drive down for the weekend or something. I met these kids and they nice!” Well I did and that was the first time I met “full-a-Clipse” the trio of Big Pun (Moondog Punisher back then), triple Seis (Joker Jams back then) and Cuban Links.
We met at Puns house in the Bronx. I wish I could remember the area although I recall it maybe being a one bedroom with a pool table in the living room. I remember thinking – how the hell did they get this shit through the door. After going rounds and rounds of spitting rhymes it was undeniable that they had an immense amount of talent. I went back to school and my boy Kenny who went to Lehman stayed hanging with them and became great friends with all of them. I would come by back from college and spit some rhymes for them.
I always remember Puns sense of humor. I remember him always snapping on the size of my head. It was a given that he would start lol. I remember hearing beats and songs before they came out occasionally and being the first person to ever play his music when I returned back to Syracuse and had my radio show. I want to say that maybe,just maybe I broke the pun records on college radio.
And although videos have come out, law suits have ensued and there’s probably a ton more that we have no clue about. It was an honor to have known him in whatever capacity that was.
I will add this video since Kenny and I went when they were filming this (we got there so damn late)