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Christopher Rios, 9 November 1971, Bronx, New York City, USA, d. 7 February 2000, White Plains, New York City, New York, USA. This rapper of Puerto Rican descent, who looked set to take over the mantle of the Notorious B.I.G. before his untimely death, grew up in the Bronx. After leaving school at the age of 15, Rios balanced raising a young family with his nascent rapping career. He was originally known as Big Moon Dog before adopting the stage name Big Pun, an abbreviated version of Big Punisher. His astonishing breath control and rhyming ability started to attract attention following features on albums by Raekwon, the Beatnuts, Funkmaster Flex, and his mentor, Fat Joe. Buoyed by the underground success of his single Im Not A Player, a recording contract with Loud Records was not long in following. The acclaimed Capital Punishment was recorded with several leading producers, including Trackmasters, RZA and the Beatnuts, and released in spring...