It's impossible to separate Big Pun's sophomore album, Yeeeah Baby, from the fact that it arrived two months after his tragic passing. Because of that, heads were bound to shower the record with heaps of postmortem praise...and hate. Where was the more hardcore sound of his 1998 debut, Capital Punishment? Why was Pun rapping on bouncy, radio-ready tracks like "It's So Hard" and "100%"? Well, maybe it's because that was his vision with Yeeeah Baby, an album he wanted to use as a means of breaking through to a bigger audience.

Aside from that, it's just as tough as its predecessor; you just have to wade through some shinier moments to realize that.