Yeeeah Baby

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Yeeeah Baby
Studio album by Big Pun
Released April 4, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Hardcore rap, East Coast hip hop, Latin hip hop
Length 52:08
Label Terror Squad/Loud Records
Producer Fat Joe (Executive)
Just Blaze
Buckwild
L.E.S.
Sean Cane
DJ Shok
Richard "Younglord" Frierson
Knobody
O.Gee
Mahogany
Minnesota
Guy Boogie
KNS
The Infinite Arkatechz
Big Pun chronology
Capital Punishment
(1998)
Yeeeah Baby
(2000)
Endangered Species
(2001)

Yeeeah Baby is the second solo and final studio album by rapper Big Pun. In the wake of Big Pun's death in February 2000, it was released in April of the same year as planned, peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 charts, and subsequently was certified gold.[1] 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 iconic flow. He died at 28 years of age, just two months before the album’s release.

Background[edit]

The album consist 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 "Its hard work, baby. I just lost 100 pounds. I'm trying to stay alive. I ain't going nowhere." Numerous critics mentioned this unfortunate irony.

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.[2] Despite this, while Yeeeah Baby received positive reviews from critics, it was not nearly as commercially successful as Capital Punishment.

Tracks[edit]

Terror Squad members and affiliates such as Sunkiss, Tony Sunshine, Prospect, Cuban Link, Remy Ma, and Fat Joe were featured on the album.

The album featured lighthearted songs like "100%" and "It's So Hard". It opens with an introduction "The Creation", likening Big Pun to Frankenstein. The first song "Watch Those" is a rock-oriented rap song with the beat derived from the theme song of Starsky and Hutch. With Tony Sunshine, there were also jokey R&B ballads like "My Dick" and "Laughing At You", an interpretation of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" with lyrics like "It was all a scheme / I used to load the tech with the magazine". The track "Nigga Shit" is a two-minute skit where Pun jokes about indulging in black stereotypes. There were also hardcore revenge-fantasy songs with a dark sinister sound like "Off With His Head", "LeatherFace" and "Wrong Ones".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Billboard (Favorable)[4]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]
NME (7/10)[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[8]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
The Source 4/5 stars[7]
Vibe (Favorable)[11]

Commercial[edit]

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.

Critical[edit]

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..."[10]
  • 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."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Creation (Intro)"     1:29
2. "Watch Those"   Knobody 3:20
3. "Off Wit His Head" (featuring Prospect) Just Blaze 4:06
4. "It's So Hard" (featuring Donell Jones) Younglord 2:52
5. "We Don't Care" (featuring Cuban Link) Younglord 3:12
6. "New York Giants" (featuring M.O.P.) Mahogany, Minnesota 3:30
7. "My Dick" (featuring Tony Sunshine) Sam Sneed, Guy Boogie, KNS 3:19
8. "Leatherface"   The Infinite Arkatechz 3:25
9. "Air Pun (Skit)"     0:51
10. "100%" (featuring Tony Sunshine) Sean Cane for The Hitmen 3:51
11. "Wrong Ones" (featuring Sunkiss) Just Blaze 4:07
12. "Laughing at You" (featuring Tony Sunshine) O.Gee 4:26
13. "Nigga Shit"   Buckwild 1:45
14. "Ms. Martin" (featuring Remy Ma) DJ Shok 4:16
15. "My Turn"   L.E.S. 3:48
16. "You Was Wrong" (featuring Fat Joe, Drag-On & Remy Ma) DJ Shok 3:51

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2000 Yeeeah Baby #3 #1

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40
2000 "It's So Hard" #75 #19 #11 #39
2000 "100%" #84 #53 #16 -

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