Endangered Species

Endangered Species

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by Big Pun
     
 

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There's no denying Big Pun's position amongst the great Latino figures in hip-hop history. As a rapper, the late Bronx bomber's rapid delivery and breath-defying flow were as crucial to hip-hop as Carlos Santana's electric guitar wizardry is to rock 'n' roll. Endangered Species, Pun's second posthumous release since succumbing

Overview

There's no denying Big Pun's position amongst the great Latino figures in hip-hop history. As a rapper, the late Bronx bomber's rapid delivery and breath-defying flow were as crucial to hip-hop as Carlos Santana's electric guitar wizardry is to rock 'n' roll. Endangered Species, Pun's second posthumous release since succumbing to a heart attack in 2000, is a fitting epitaph to his legacy as a battle-ready rapper and a Puerto Rican folk hero. Compiled by longtime Pun comrade Fat Joe from an assortment of outtakes, radio freestyles, remixes, cameos, and choice album cuts, this 24-track collection verifies the big man's duality as both an underground sensation and platinum playa -- a trait that makes him the only known link between Ricky Martin and Kool G. Rap. Pun was indeed the first Latin rapper to at once perplex and dazzle us with his exhaustive skill, and Endangered Species drives that sentiment home with all the unpolished, frenetic energy of a great street mix tape. Ron Hart

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon Azpiri
At the age of 28, Big Pun joined a long list of deceased rappers who left fans too early. Endangered Species is a compilation of much of Pun's best work. All of Pun's hits are included here, including "It's So Hard" and the infectious dancefloor filler "Still Not a Player." Also included are several of Pun's most memorable guest appearances, such as his cameo on the Beatnuts classic "Off the Books," as well as some of his work with Terror Squad. Most of Big Pun's fans will buy the album for unreleased material such as "Mama" and "Wishful Thinking," a collaboration with Kool G. Rap and Cypress Hill's B Real. While the unreleased material may not be Big Pun's best work, it will also not disappoint his fans. The album includes some of Pun's remixes of pop hits like Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca" and Brandy's "Sittin' on Top of the World." Taken as a whole, the album is an impressive document of an artist that truly was a force to be reckoned with.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
Label:
Relativity
UPC:
0088561196325
catalogNumber:
1963
Rank:
40648

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Pun   Primary Artist
Ricky Martin   Track Performer
Nas   Track Performer
Brandy   Vocals
Martha Mooke   Viola
Big Pun   Vocals
Noreaga   Track Performer
DJ Clue?   Track Performer
DJ Spinbad   scratching
G Flowers   Guitar
Terror Squad   Track Performer
Ruff Ryders   Track Performer
Vanessa Rios   Background Vocals
Jadakiss   Track Performer
Cuban Link   Track Performer
Tony Sunshine   Track Performer
Triple Seis   Track Performer
Ashanti   Vocals
Ed Goldson   Bass

Technical Credits

Janet Jackson   Composer
Mike Heron   Producer
Melanie Andrews   Composer
Beatnuts   Producer
Bill Esses   Engineer
K-Cut   Producer
Rich Keller   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Tony Smalios   Engineer
Buck Wild   Producer
Brandy   Vocal Arrangements
Rodney Jerkins   Remixing
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Fat Joe   Producer,Executive Producer
James Harris   Composer
David Bett   Art Direction
Irv Gotti   Producer
Soundboy   Engineer
Big Pun   Producer
Alchemist   Producer
B Real   Producer
Knobody   Producer
Blair Wells   Engineer
LaShawn Daniels   Vocal Arrangements
Young Lord   Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Pat Viola   Engineer
Christian Delatour   Engineer
Larry Devore   String Arrangements
Tone & Poke   Producer
Eric Schlotzer   Engineer
Sean Cane   Producer
Kerry DeBruce   Cover Art
Tru Stylze   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Brian Stanely   Engineer

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Endangered Species 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is primarily not so commercial releases, if you have been a big pun fan, you have the majority of these songs. There is some hot ish on here, but I'd preview this cd and compare it to older pun and terror squad releases first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a great tribute to one of the best who ever did it. Pun was one of the greatest lyrist of all-time,and the biggest Latino rapper in history,even though latino's have been there since day one of Hip Hopstory, no one did it better than Pun. Cope this CD, and save it for your grandkids.(R.I.P. BIG P)
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST OF BIG PUN - plus some unreleased joints. Eventhough most real hiphop heads have his only 2 albums, we should still cop this album because joints in which PUN made guest appearances in other songs are included. YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHH BAAAAAABY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is his best of all time. The album has lots of songs that he did with other people like The Lox, Nas, and others. His unreleases song is worth listening to. The whole album is a HIT!! so Holla at him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your a fan or even an intrigued listener of Big Pun this is for you, at twenty four tracks you may think this album was extended with filler material yet the album is consistently very good. It exhibits the tremendous rapping skills of Pun with carefully selected songs that succeed in doing Pun's short yet great career justice. I can guarantee if you listen to this tribute to Pun's life you will be in no doubt that he was one of the greats of rap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
best rapper of his times