Big Pun

Only two days away for this collection of unreleased tracks, freestyles and acapellas. Also features remixes by Buckwild. RIP Big Pun. link

update: The release of the collection has been pushed back to next Sunday, Valentine’s Day. link

To showcase the Bronx-bred emcee’s consistent resolve, producers Buckwild, Green Lantern, and Sean C & LV will be honoring his lyrical wish with the release of the ‘Big Pun Tribute,’ a song collection of rarities, classics and remixes available for download on Feb. 7, the ten-year anniversary of his death.

The mix — compiled by DJ Soul and G Bo the Pro — is the brainchild of D.I.T.C. member Buckwild. The hip-hop producer, noted for his work on Pun’s ‘N—- S—,’ was eager to praise the platinum-selling Latino rapper’s works in the form of a compilation. After Buckwild met DJ Soul, who last year created a similar tribute project dedicated to fallen Harlem rapper Big L, the two began executing the project. “Pun doesn’t get the light that he deserves when they talk about great emcees,” DJ Soul tells The BoomBox. “But I initially didn’t want to do a Pun mix because there isn’t too much unreleased music out there. Everything that’s been recorded has pretty much been released. So [Buckwild] said what if he remixed some of the songs. I knew if we were to do this project it would have to be with Sean C.” Sean C., Pun’s A&R during his tenure at Loud Records, and LV, both of Grind Music, join the fold of producers creating beats for the homage. ‘We’re putting together a lot of the a cappellas,” Sean reveals. “Some that weren’t used for the last album and a couple features that maybe one or two people heard. There will be some new records.”

With six men combining talents, the end result is a creative alliance. New York-born DJ Soul, with the help of G Bo, has the arduous task of turning the submitted records into a blend of sonic gems. “DJ Stretch Armstrong gave me some [Big Pun] freestyles,” says Soul. “In regards to Pun music that has never been put out there, there is definitely a freestyle I got from him that I never heard and it’s not on the Web.”