Buckwild Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Big Pun “The Dream Shatterer (Original Version)” (2001)

Buckwild: “He picked that beat on Showbiz’s birthday. Show’s birthday is in the summertime. I think it’s July 6. And usually he always has a get-together where we would just sit in the back of the projects, and everybody’s just playing music in the cars, and having fun. I remember ‘Off the Books’ was rocking on the radio.

"I met Pun before a couple of times. I remember him coming up to me like, ‘Yo, what’s up? How come you don’t give me any beats for my album?’ He was done with Capital Punishment at the time and I was like, ‘Yo, let me play you some stuff.’

“We got inside our van and I played him some beats. I think ‘Dream Shatterer’ was the first or the second beat. He kept playing it. And he took the tape. The next day he called me saying, ‘Yo, I just wrote the greatest rhyme I ever wrote.’ [Laughs.] He was like, ‘Yo, I want this beat for my album, but I don’t have no budget.’ I was like, ‘We’re all family. Just take it.’ So now he made a platform to get more songs.

“I remember we went to Mystic Studio in Staten Island. He went inside the booth and sat on a stool, and just breathed fire through the whole song. I’ve never seen him finish a song without doing punches. Me, Cuban Link, and Triple Seis were there. And it was incredible.

"Both Cuban and I were surprised and amazed because aside from the verse he had on ‘Twinz (Deep Cover '98),’ he unearthed the beat on ‘Dream Shatterer.’ After he played that track for a bunch of dudes, cats wanted to give him beats for free because they were so anxious to get on his album. So after that we really started getting tight.

“The original track couldn’t make Capital Punishment, though. Some sample clearance issue got in the way. So it was eventually released posthumously on Endangered Species. Overall, Pun was just a comedian, man.

"You couldn’t fall asleep around him, he would throw water on you. [Laughs.] I remember hearing the story that he bought a whole bunch of equipment from Sam Ash and told Just Blaze to hook it up. And he traded a bunch of equipments to Just for a beat. [Laughs.] We thought that was hilarious. Pun was a real giving person. He was kind of wild, but he was always a good-hearted dude.”

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