IT WAS ON THIS DATE, APRIL 4TH 2000 BIG PUN RELEASED HIS SECOND STUDIO ALBUM 2 MONTHS AFTER HIS DEATH

Yeeeah Baby is the second and final studio album by rapper Big Pun and the first album to be released posthumously in the wake of Big Pun’s death in February 2000. It was released in April of the same year as planned, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard 200, and selling 179,000 units during the week it was released.[1] It was subsequently certified Gold in July three months later and would go on to be certified Platinum on October 31, 2017[2] and has sold over 1,100,000 copies in the United States. Fat Joe, Pun’s close friend and mentor, is the executive producer of the album.

Struggling with morbid obesity, Pun experienced breathing problems throughout the album’s recording process, slowing down his signature flow. He died at 28 years of age, just two months before the album’s release.

The album consists of two of Big Pun’s biggest hits, the first single “It’s So Hard” and the Puerto Rican anthem “100%”. In the former song, he exclaims: “It’s hard work, baby. I just lost 100 pounds. I’m trying to live. I ain’t going nowhere.”

In his last magazine interview, conducted by Industry Insider only a week before his death, Pun detailed that his approach on Yeeeah Baby was not as “hardcore” as his previous album Capital Punishment, in an attempt to reach out to an even wider fanbase than his debut album already had.

Yeeeah Baby posted a strong debut on the Billboard 200, the album sold more than 179,000 copies in its first week in stores to take the third slot on the chart.[citation needed] It reached Gold status within three months.

Yeeeah Baby received favorable reviews from music critics.

  • Rolling Stone (4/13/00, p. 128) – 3.5 stars out of 5 – “… [Pun] has gone out with a bang. He attacked standard hip-hop topics with witty, unpredictable elasticity. … Pun is at his habanero hottest …”
  • Q (7/00, p. 111) – 3 stars out of 5 – “… Would have established [him] as both a radio-friendly commercial force and rebellious icon …”
  • CMJ (4/24/00, p. 30) – “… Beams the spotlight on the Boricua bomber’s unparalleled breath control and hilarious jaw-dropping wordplay.”
    • Vibe (6/00, p. 214) – “… A triumphant final effort for one of the Boogie Down Bronx’s favorite super-lyrical sons….[It] showcases Pun’s matured artistic vision and newly mastered flows but never ceases to move bodies and minds …”
      • The Source (5/00, p. 186) – 4 mics out of 5 – “… An even more in-depth peep inside the heart and soul of a man in constant struggle with himself. … a backstage pass to the all-out jam that was Pun’s personality: street-wise, intellectually sharp, sex-crazed – and funny as hell …”
  • NME (4/29/00, p. 35) – 7 out of 10 – “… [A] raucous final musical statement. … like a library of every cool contemporary hip-hop sound squeezed onto one compact disc. … One for delinquent work experience boys everywhere.”

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