Capital Punishment (album)

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Capital Punishment
Capital Punishment 1998.jpg
Studio album by Big Pun
Released April 28, 1998 (1998-04-28)
Recorded 1997–98
Genre
Length 71:53
Label
Producer
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

Capital Punishment is the debut and only album released by rapper Big Pun during his lifetime, 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 is regarded as a classic because of Pun's technical efficiency and wordplay. It was also the first solo 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]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"  
0:33
2. "Beware"   3:15
3. "Super Lyrical" (featuring Black Thought) 3:28
4. "Taster's Choice" (skit)
1:20
5. "Still Not a Player" (featuring Joe)
3:56
6. "Intermission"  
  • Mike Zulu
0:21
7. "The Dream Shatterer"  
  • Rios
3:33
8. "Punish Me" (featuring Miss Jones) 4:15
9. "Pakinamac Pt. I" (skit)
1:35
10. "You Ain't a Killer"   4:14
11. "Pakinamac Pt. II" (skit)
0:57
12. "Caribbean Connection" (featuring Wyclef)
  • Young Lord
3:24
13. "Glamour Life" (featuring Fat Joe and Terror Squad) 4:43
14. "Capital Punishment" (featuring Prospect) 4:20
15. "Uncensored" (skit) (featuring Funkmaster Flex)
2:12
16. "I'm Not a Player"  
  • Minnesota
3:41
17. "Twinz (Deep Cover 98)" (featuring Fat Joe) 3:49
18. "The Rain & the Sun" (Interlude) (featuring dead prez)
1:49
19. "Boomerang"  
3:35
20. "You Came Up"  
  • Rios
  • Stinson
  • Rockwilder
3:54
21. "Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)" (featuring Prodigy and Rebel-INS)
4:19
22. "Charlie Rock Shout" (skit)
0:26
23. "Fast Money"  
  • Rios
  • Danny O & EQ
3:48
24. "Parental Discretion" (featuring Busta Rhymes) 4:33
Total length:
1:11:53
Sample credits[10]

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Capital Punishment adapted from the album liner notes.

  • Armageddon – featured artist
  • Denise Barbarita – assistant engineer
  • Carlos Bess – mixing
  • Big Pun – executive producer, primary artist
  • Black Thought – featured artist
  • Busta Rhymes – featured artist
  • Sean Cane – A&R
  • Chris Conway – mixing
  • Cuban Link – featured artist
  • Cus – mixing
  • Dahoud – producer
  • Danny O – producer
  • dead prez – producer, featured artist
  • Domingo – producer
  • "E" – mixing
  • EQ – producer
  • Fat Joe – executive producer, featured artist
  • Funkmaster Flex – featured artist
  • Paul Gregory – assistant engineer
  • Che Harris – A&R coordination
  • Daniel "PhotoChop" Hastings
  • Troy Hightower – mixing
  • Tom Hughes – assistant engineer
  • Ken "Duro" Ifil – engineer
  • Wyclef Jean – featured artist
  • Inspectah Deck – featured artist
  • Joe – featured artist
  • Ju-Ju – producer
  • Jugrnaut – producer
  • Knobody – producer
  • Ola Kudu – creative direction
  • Adam Kudzin – engineer
  • L.E.S. – producer
  • Matt Life – executive producer
  • Laurie Marks – A&R coordination
  • Mike D. – A&R
  • Minnesota – producer
  • Miss Jones – featured artist
  • Nastee – engineer
  • Frank Nitty – producer
  • Nomad – producer
  • Prodigy – featured artist
  • Prospect – featured artist
  • Roc Raida – scratches
  • Rockwilder – producer
  • RZA – producer
  • Schott Free – A&R
  • Tony Smalios – engineer, mixing
  • Triple Seis – featured artist
  • Showbiz – producer
  • Soundboy – engineer, mixing
  • Kevin Stone – assistant engineer
  • Nikos Teneketzis – mixing assistant
  • Kieran Walsh – engineer
  • Gregory "Gold" Wilson – assistant engineer
  • Ted Wohlsen – mixing
  • Trauma – producer
  • Young Lord – producer
  • Leon Zervos – mastering
  • Mike Zulu – producer

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.
  10. ^ "Fat Joe Reveals Details on The Darkside, Vol. 2 Mixtape, New Album". Xxlmag.Com. September 21, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2012.