RIP: 14 Years Later, Big Pun Is “Still Not A Player”

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Fourteen years ago today the hip-hop world lost one of its strongest voices. Christopher Lee Rios – better known as Big Pun – suffered a fatal heart attack and respiratory failure while temporarily staying with family at a Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, New York during a home renovation. His voice is still one of our favorites, and after realizing the significance of today we could not resist posting something to remind everyone of his great talent.

I don’t know where I was the first time I heard Big Pun, but I do remember owning a copy of “Still Not A Player” on cassette that I wore out in a single summer. The hook is still as infectious as it was in 1998, so we thought it was only fitting to share the official video on this special day. You can view the clip below.

Some people think you need a string of hits or top-selling albums to be remembered, but the truth of the matter is that all you really need is one hit song. That is much easier said than done, of course, but if you can string together the right phrasing and melody you can live forever in the hearts and minds of music fans worldwide. Big Pun released many hits during his career, but this song is one that still finds its way into rotation on a regular basis. If you like what you hear and for whatever reason are not familiar with Pun’s other work, click here to explore the life of Big Pun.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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