Capital Punishment (album)

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Capital Punishment
Studio album by Big Pun
Released April 28, 1998 (1998-04-28)
Recorded 1996–1998
Genre East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, hip hop, Latin hip hop, gangsta rap, Mafioso rap
Length 71:53
Label Terror Squad/Loud Records
Producer Juju, Rockwilder, Knobody, L.E.S., Big Punisher, Fat Joe, RZA, Showbiz, dead prez, The Infinite Arkatechz, Mike Zulu, Domingo, Franky "Nitty" Pimentel, Young Lord, Minnesota, V.I.C., Danny O, EQ
Big Pun chronology
Capital Punishment
(1998)
Yeeeah Baby
(2000)
Singles from Capital Punishment
  1. "I'm Not a Player"
    Released: October 14, 1997
  2. "Still Not a Player"
    Released: March 28, 1998
  3. "You Came Up"
    Released: August 22, 1998
  4. "Twinz (Deep Cover 98)"
    Released: August 28, 1998

Capital Punishment is the solo debut album by rapper Big Pun, released on April 28, 1998. The album received critical acclaim, peaking 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. Capital Punishment would be the only album released in Pun's lifetime. Capital Punishment is regarded as a classic because of Pun's technical efficiency and wordplay. It was also the first Latin hip hop record to go Platinum.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop 5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Rap Pages 4/5 stars[5]
RapReviews (9.5/10)[6]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
The Source 4/5 stars[9]
  • 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." [5]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Featured guest(s) Producer(s) Time Samples
1 Intro 0:33
  • Excerpt from the film Fresh
2 Beware
  • Verses: Big Pun
  • Outro: Fat Joe
Juju 3:15
3 Super Lyrical
  • Verse 1: Big Pun
  • Verse 2: Black Thought
  • Verse 3: Big Pun & Black Thought
Rockwilder 3:28
4 Taster's Choice (Skit) 1:20
5 Still Not a Player
  • Verses: Big Pun
  • Chorus: Joe
Knobody, Dahoud & Nomad 3:56
  • "A Little Bit of Love" by Brenda Russell
  • "Don't Wanna Be a Player" by Joe (interpolation)
6 Intermission Mike Zulu 0:21
7 The Dream Shatterer
  • Big Pun
Domingo 3:33
8 Punish Me Franky "Nitty" Pimentel 4:15
9 Pakinamac Pt. 1 (Skit) 1:35
10 You Ain't a Killer
  • Big Pun
Younglord 4:14
11 Pakinamac Pt. 2 (Skit) 0:57
12 Caribbean Connection
  • Verse 1: Big Pun
  • Verse 2: Wyclef Jean
  • Chorus: Wyclef Jean, Big Pun
Younglord 3:24
13 Glamour Life
  • Verse 1: Cuban Link
  • Verse 2: Triple Seis
  • Verse 3: Fat Joe
  • Verse 4: Armaggedon
  • Verse 5/chorus: Big Pun
L.E.S. 4:43
14 Capital Punishment
  • 1st/2nd verse: Big Pun
  • 3rd verse/chorus: Prospect
The Infinite Arkatechz 4:20
15 Uncensored (Skit) 2:12
16 I'm Not a Player
  • Big Pun
Minnesota 3:41
17 Twinz (Deep Cover 98)
  • Big Pun, Fat Joe
Dr. Dre 3:49
18 The Rain & The Sun (Interlude) Dead Prez 1:49
19 Boomerang
  • Big Pun
V.I.C. 3:35
20 You Came Up Rockwilder 3:54
21 Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy) RZA 4:19
22 Charlie Rock Shout
  • Big Pun
0:26
23 Fast Money
  • Big Pun
Danny Q, EQ 3:48
24 Parental Discretion Showbiz 4:33

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"I'm Not a Player"
  • Released: October 14, 1997
  • B-side: "Wishful Thinking" & "You Ain't a Killer"
"Still Not a Player"
  • Released: March 28, 1998
  • B-side: "Twinz (Deep Cover 98)"
"You Came Up"
  • Released: August 22, 1998
  • B-side:

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Canadian Albums
1998 Capital Punishment 5 1 11

Singles[edit]

Year Song Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40 Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1997 "I'm Not a Player" 57 19 3 - 7
1998 "Still Not a Player" 24 6 13 5 1
"You Came Up" - 49 43 - -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - Big Pun". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  2. ^ AllHipHop review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ a b c "Big Punisher - Capital Punishment CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1999-08-24. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  6. ^ RapReviews review
  7. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Alvarez, Gabriel (June 1998). "Review: Capital Punishment". The Source: 159160.