Lyricism Lives: Talib, EPMD, & The Beatnuts Honor Big Pun At S.O.B.’s


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(AllHipHop News) Any time Hip-Hop’s greatest MCs are debated Big Pun’s name is brought up. Pun’s lyrical legacy continues to challenge time. The Bronx native is still touted as one of the best to ever pick up a mic. It’s no surprise that tonight (Feb. 10), in New York City, many respected wordsmiths will gather at S.O.B.’s to honor Big Pun.

Talib Kweli is set to headline this legendary line-up. Golden Era giants like EPMD’s Parish Smith, D.I.T.C.’s AG, The Beatnuts, and Cuban Link are set to rock the mic. In total, 14 acts — along with other special surprise guests — will be featured.

In addition to these slated guests, Big Pun’s son, Chris Rivers, will also be center stage. The Capital Punishment MC’s genetic protégé spoke exclusively to AllHipHop about tonight’s 9P event. “I think the show is wonderful. It gives me and many others the privilege to not only be a part of his legacy but also further keep it alive,” expressed Pun’s son.

Chris — who himself, is emerging as a respected wordsmith — continued to reflect on his father’s impact on the genre. He then offered, “My father made himself immortal through his own achievements. It just feels like a blessing, that I’m able to touch to the stage to honor, and pay my respects in the way that he lived his life.”

Entrenched metaphors, cunning wordplay, and near-faultless delivery are reasons why Hip-Hop has immortalized Big Pun. The reminiscent Chris Rivers finally added, “It’s awesome to see that after 16 years of him being gone, he still has such an impact on people and a dedicated fan base that loves him.”

To purchase tickets for the 9P showtime click here.