His career was short-lived but he is still beloved and remembered fondly in the hip-hop community. Big Pun was a New York rapper who gained prominence in the late 1990s before dying young in the year 2000. Still, even with such a short window of fame, Pun, is widely regarded as one of the best rappers to ever do it and it is a shame that we never got to see how he would evolve musically and as a person. His greatest hit ever was “Still Not a Player”, which dominated the airways in 1998 and was later followed by a hit, “It’s So Hard”. It’s amazing to note that Big Pun only released one album while still alive, Capital Punishment, and the remaining two were released in the two years following his early demise. Even though Big Pun didn’t have a long career, he still had a distinguished musical catalog and this list represents what I think were his best efforts. With that in mind, here are the 13 best songs by Big Pun.

1. It’s So Hard
2. Brave in the Heart

3. You Ain’t a Killer

4. I’m Not a Player

5. Whatcha Gon Do

6. As You Already Know

7. The Dream Shatterer

8. How We Roll

9. You Came Up

10. Still Not a Player

11. Twinz (Deep Cover 98)

12. 100%

13. Off the Books