Packin’ A Mac In The Back of The Ack: Big Pun’s Sickest Verses

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21 years ago today (Feb. 7), Hip-Hop lost an icon in the making when Big Pun (Christopher Rios) passed away from a heart attack while at a hotel in White Plains, New York.

The Bronx legend was only in the rap game for just 5 years. But for the final three of those his name was already being thrown into the “Top 5 Dead or Alive” discussion as his debut album, Capital Punishment was crowned a classic by Hip-Hop enthusiasts across the board.

Having come up in a post-Biggie/Tupac era that saw the likes of DMX, Jay-Z, and Nas ascend to

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