Loud To Release Big Pun Tribute


Punisher died suddenly of natural causes resulting

from a heart attack and respiratory failure. Though the hip-hop

community lost one of it's most promising voices, the impact of

Big Pun's legacy continues on his upcoming tribute, Endangered

Species, which is to be released February 6, 2001.

Loud Records readies itself to

release the posthumous LP, slated to hit the streets one year

after Big Pun's death. The Album will feature classics from Big

Pun's previous two albums, a best of collection of collaborations,

and new unreleased songs. The album also includes liner notes

written by Fat Joe as well as personal photos from Big Pun's private


Born Christopher Lee Rios on November

10, 1971 in the South Bronx, Big Pun became the first solo Latin

MC to achieve platinum sales. In his career, Big Pun recorded

two albums: Capital Punishment and Yeeeah Baby! His 1997 debut

album, Capital Punishment went double platinum debuting at No.

5 on The Billboard 200 Charts and also received a Grammy nomination

for ``Best Rap Album.'' In 1999, The Source Awards nominated Big

Pun, Lyricist of the Year and New Solo Artist Of The Year. The

album remix ``Still Not A Player'' featuring R&B artist, Joe,

was nominated for Single Of The Year.

Fat Joe says of his friend and

fellow Terror Squad member, ``This greatest hits album will prove

beyond a shadow of a doubt who was and still is the most lyrical

rapper ever to touch a mic.''

Loud CEO Steve Rifkind goes on

to say, ``This album represents some of the best work Big Pun

ever did. He is widely recognized as a true hip-hop hero and it's

an honor for me to help uphold his legacy.''