The Alchemist Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Big Pun f/ Tony Sunshine "Mamma" (2001)

Album: Endangered Species
Label: Loud

The Alchemist:“With the exception of Snoop, my best and most memorable experiences in the studio were with Big Pun. I have so many Pun stories. I was really lucky. We didn’t end up getting to release a lot, but the moments I had in the studio with him getting to work were...I can’t even...there are no words to describe Pun.

 

Everybody who knew Pun knows that anything he would wear would be so exaggerated and tailor made to fit him. If he had the forest green Uptowns, then he had the forest green leather pants, and a forest green hat. He embodied what you see in a graffiti caricature, he was like a human cartoon.

 

“I would literally be in awe every time he would come to the studio. Everybody who knew him knows that anything he would wear would be so exaggerated and tailor made to fit him. If he had the forest green Uptowns, then he had the forest green leather pants, and a forest green hat. He embodied what you see in a graffiti caricature, he was like a human cartoon. He was incredible. I'd be staring at him and he’d be like, ‘Yo what the fuck are you looking at.’

“Then, his humor, he never turned off. He was literally one of the funniest people you could ever be around. He loved Cuban Link, he would always do funny things for Cuban. There were so many times in the studio where he was just a jokester and it came across in the music.

“He’d have two cereal boxes with ducktape around them that said, ‘Pun’s Cereal’ and he would literally reach over and tip the whole two boxes and down half of it just sitting there. Anything that was edible, that he could reach, he was busting down. Like if there was a bowl of fruit that was there just for aesthetics that nobody would eat, he would reach over and just bust half an apple down in one bite.

 

He’d have two cereal boxes with ducktape around them that said, ‘Pun’s Cereal’ and he would literally reach over and tip the whole two boxes and down half of it just sitting there.

 

“I didn’t have my weight up enough to really be creating the greatest amount of music with him but I remember his character. It’s really wack that he wasn’t able to make more of the music that he made because he was on his way to some other shit with the singing. Sometimes I go and watch old footage and interviews of him and he's just, he was great man.

“I could never to make a comparison on that level because Pun was something no one could ever be, but some of his humor and some of his great qualities I see in Action Bronson. I could never compare the two, but the humor and the personality comes through so well. Like there's people who are just fun to be around and have that type of energy.”

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