Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

by Big PunisherBig Pun

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Overview

Big Punisher's debut album, Capital Punishment, established him as one of the stronger New York natives working hardcore territory toward the end of the '90s. He's a terrific lyricist with microphone technique to spare, and actually rhymes faster than his clear influence, the Notorious B.I.G.. He's also quite versatile, aiming for the dance clubs, the ladies, the hip-hop purists, and the mean streets at varying points on the album, and connecting with all of them pretty well. Similarly, the production -- by a cast of many -- is tough and funky, paced by deep street beats, but remains accessible to audiences outside the hardcore faithful. The close cousins "I'm Not a Player" and "Still Not a Player," the latter Big Pun's breakthrough hit, manage to be cocky and self-deprecating at the same time, and the other widely exposed track, "You Ain't a Killer," is Big Pun at his grittiest. There are numerous guest appearances, the best of which include mentor Fat Joe (on several tracks), the Roots' Black Thought on the MC showcase "Super Lyrical," Prodigy and Inspectah Deck on "Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)," and an extra-insane Busta Rhymes on "Parental Discretion." Capital Punishment isn't quite a classic -- for one thing, it's too long, and for another, it doesn't really break much new ground stylistically. But it's very well-executed, and demonstrates just how much talent and potential Big Punisher had.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Relativity
UPC: 0088561181529
catalogNumber: 1815
Rank: 12061

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Pun   Primary Artist
Roc Raida   scratching
Black Thought   Track Performer
Dead Prez   Track Performer
Funkmaster Flex   Track Performer
Wyclef Jean   Track Performer
Joe   Track Performer
Fat Joe   Track Performer
Miss Jones   Track Performer
Cuban Link   Track Performer
Noreaga   Track Performer
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
Triple Seis   Track Performer
Terror Squad   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ken "Duro" Ifill   Engineer
Adam Kudzin   Engineer
DJ Nastee   Engineer
Tony Smalios   Engineer
Soundboy   Engineer
Kieran Walsh   Engineer
Ola Kudu   Illustrations
Big Pun   Producer,Executive Producer
Dahoud   Producer
Dead Prez   Producer
Eq   Producer
Fat Joe   Producer,Executive Producer
Ju-Ju   Producer
Jugrnaut   Producer
Knobody   Producer
L.E.S.   Producer
Young Lord   Producer
Frank Nitty Pimentel   Producer
Nomad   Producer
Nomad   Producer
Danny O.   Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
RZA   Producer
Showbiz   Producer
Vic   Producer
Young   Producer
Mike Zulu   Producer
Matty C.   Executive Producer
Matt Life   Executive Producer
Placido Domingo   Producer

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