Few rappers have left a lyrical legacy as large as Big Pun. Yesterday marked the 10th Anniversary of Christopher Rios' untimely death, and most MCs are still struggling to catch up a decade later. Damn near every song he recorded over his short career was filled with breathless wordplay and hilarious quotables, but there are definitely a few verses that come to mind as classic examples of Pun's prowess. But is there one verse that stands out above the rest?
To answer this question, we put together a list of our 10 favorite Punisher verses. Listen to them all below then vote to decide the greatest Big Pun 16 of all time. Oh, and if we didn't highlight your favorite verse, feel free to let us know in the comments...
Fat Joe f/ Big Pun, Nas, Jadakiss & Raekwon "John Blaze" (1998)
Key Quotable: "I'll appear in your dreams like Freddie do, no kidding you/Even if I stuttered I was still shi-shi-shit on you/Soon as I chitter-chatter, your shit'll shatter/I'm the kid outta the Bronx that'll stomp you to death like it didn't matter."
Big Pun "You Ain't A Killer" (1998)
Key Quotable: "One of the last livin' still in action, general assassin/Catchin' any wreck, blastin' any tech/Smashin any chest, passin any test, Charles Manson in the flesh/Any last requests before you meet your maker?/Sew what you reap and wake up, shakin up a storm like Anita Baker."
Big Pun f/ Fat Joe "Twinz (Deep Cover 98)" (1998)
Key Quotable: "Everybody kiss the fucking floor, Joey Crack, buck em all/If they move, Noodles shoot that fucking whore/Dead in the middle of Little Italy/Little did we know that we riddled some middleman who didn't do diddly."
Big Pun "Beware" (1998)
Key Quotable: "Flawless victory, you niggaz can't do shit to me/Physically, lyrically, hypothetically, realistically/I'm the epitome of catchin' wreck, catch you when you cash your check/Smash you when you pass then jack you for your fuckin' Lex."
The Beatnuts f/ Big Pun & Cuban Linx "Off The Books" (1997)
Key Quotable: "Pun—the name that makes the kid run/Like spelling murder reverse it deliver redrum/Come one, come all/If you wanna brawl, I'm the mighty Thor/Clothes-lining motherfuckers like Steven Segal."
Big Pun "Dream Shatterer" (1998)
Key Quotable: "Ayo, I shatter dreams like Jordan, assault and batter your team/Your squadron'll be barred from rap like Adam & Eve from the garden/I'm carvin my initials on your forehead/So every night before bed you see the "BP" shine off the board head."
Cuban Link f/ Big Pun "Toe to Toe" (2000)
Key Quotable: "I'm deadly niggaz already dread me in every scary area/beware of the tall burier, big dogs the terrier/tearing the ears off of artistses that's mostly cartilage/no bullshittin you rip em right off just pull em hard enough/Rollin with us you must be ready for death/hit you with so many rights you gonna beg for a left."
Big Pun f/ Prodigy, Inspektah Deck "Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)" (1998)
Key Quotable: "Take all you made, call you gay on Hot 97/Drop by your dwelling, got the nueve right behind your melon/Ain't no tellin' when the bullet's behind the trigger/I do it to live niggas and Pulitzer Prize winners."
Big Pun f/ Terror Squad "Brave In The Heart" (2001)
Key Quotable: "We brave in the heart, playin' a part, amazingly smart/Razor sharp, futuristic raps, state of the art/Takin' New York cats past the stars/First' it was Nasty Nas now watch me turn a Apple into Macintosh/Computer chip locomotion flow, cosa nostra dough."
Noreaga f/ Big Pun, Nature, Cam'ron, Jadakiss, Styles P "Banned From TV" (1998)
Key Quotable: "I'ma a bubble-head, I never listen to nothing my mother said/Ayo, I hold niggas ransom for money like Johhny Handsome/been sonnin' niggas for so long, I think I got a grandson."
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