IT WAS ON THIS DATE APRIL 28, 1998 BIG PUN RELEASED HIS DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Capital Punishment is the debut studio album released by rapper Big Pun. Released on April 28, 1998, it is the only album released during his lifetime. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 charts and #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart for two weeks. It was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 1999 Grammy Awards, but lost to Jay-Z’s Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life. It was also the first solo Latin hip hop record to go Platinum.

  • Entertainment Weekly (7/17/98, p. 85) – “Everything about this Bronx-bred Puerto Rican rapper is generous, his 400-pound girth, his multiple rhyming within each line, and his talent for spewing out verses without stopping for breath.” – Rating: B+[4]
  • Q (6/00, p. 123) – 4 stars out of 5 – “Displaying huge lyrical prowess and the requisite ‘sensitive’ side…[the album] established Pun as a serious rival to Biggie Smalls and something of a ladykiller to boot….funk and fun aplenty….Outrageously good.”
  • The Source (6/98, p. 159) – 4 Mics (out of 5) – “He’ll rhyme every possible word in a line because he wants to be twice as nice….Capital Punishment’s all about execution.”
  • Rap Pages (9/98, p. 120) – 4 (out of 5) – “Big Pun is at his best with all barrels firing bullets lacing the air like embroidery on grandmama’s quilt.” 

Album chart positions

Year Album Chart positions

Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop AlbumsTop Canadian Albums

1998 Capital Punishment 5111

Singles

Year Song Hot 100Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & TracksHot Rap SinglesRhythmic Top 40Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales

1997 “I’m Not a Player”57193-7

1998 “Still Not a Player”2461351″You Came Up”-4943-

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