Endangered Species (Big Pun album)

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Endangered Species
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Compilation album by Big Pun
Released April 3, 2001 (USA)
Genre Hip hop
Length 73:23
Label Loud Records
Producer Fat Joe (Executive)
"Sean C" (Executive)
Big Pun chronology
Yeeeah Baby
(2000)Yeeeah Baby2000
Endangered Species
Singles from Endangered Species
  1. "How We Roll"
    Released: February 7, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[6][7]
NME (9/10)[3]
RapReviews (7/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
Vibe 4/5 stars[4]
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Endangered Species is a posthumous compilation of unreleased tracks, guest appearances, and greatest hits by the late rapper Big Pun, released on April 4, 2001 by Loud Records, following his death in February 2000. The proceeds from the album were to be given to Pun's widow, Liza Rios, and their three children.[8] The album reached a peak chart position of #7. Liza Rios claims to have only received a small royalty check from the sales of Endangered Species, and in response, auctioned off her husband's Terror Squad medallion in July 2005.

The single from the album was "How We Roll", which featured at time, R&B newcomer Ashanti on the chorus & outro. The video to the song was made into a cartoon and helped remember Big Pun throughout. Fellow rapper and close friend Fat Joe, who was also the compilation's executive producer, revealed in the liner notes of the album that the title chosen for the compilation was in fact the original title for 2000's Yeeeah Baby. All of Pun's lyrics were included in the booklet of the disc, partly due to the limited amount of promotional tools available to the label, and partly because of a desire to emphasize Pun's technique as a lyricist.[9]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Original album Length
1 "Intro" Big Pun 0:15
2 "You Ain't a Killer" Big Pun Young Lord Capital Punishment 3:52
3 "Twinz (Deep Cover '98)" Big Pun, Fat Joe Dr. Dre Capital Punishment 3:48
4 "Whatcha Gon Do" Big Pun JuJu The Album 3:07
5 "How We Roll" Big Pun, Ashanti Irv Gotti, Tru Stylze 3:34
6 "Still Not a Player" Big Pun, Joe Knobody Capital Punishment 3:58
7 "Off the Books" Big Pun, The Beatnuts, Cuban Link The Beatnuts Stone Crazy 2:48
8 "Words from Nore" Noreaga 0:52
9 "Banned from T.V." Big Pun, Noreaga, Jadakiss, Styles, Nature, Cam'ron Swizz Beatz N.O.R.E. 4:19
10 "Mamma" Big Pun, Tony Sunshine The Alchemist 4:16
11 "The Beat Box" Big Pun 0:14
12 "Brave in the Heart" Big Pun, Triple Seis, Fat Joe, Prospect V.I.C., Mike Heron 3:56
13 "The Dream Shatterer (Original Version)" Big Pun Buckwild 3:19
14 "Words with Fat Joe" Fat Joe 0:37
15 "John Blaze" Big Pun, Fat Joe, Nas, Raekwon, Jadakiss Ski Don Cartagena 4:06
16 "My World" Big Pun EZ Elpee 3:29
17 "Pina Colada" Big Pun, Sheek Swizz Beatz Ryde or Die Vol. 1 4:09
18 "Top of the World (Remix)" Big Pun, Brandy, Fat Joe Darkchild U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) 3:48
19 "Livin' la Vida Loca (Remix)" Big Pun, Ricky Martin, Fat Joe, Cuban Link Poke & Tone 2:43
20 "Fire Water" Big Pun, Fat Joe, Armageddon, Raekwon Showbiz B-side to Fat Joe's "Envy" single from Jealous One's Envy 4:15
21 "Classic Verses (Drop It Heavy and Fantastic 4)" Big Pun Showbiz, DJ Clue?, Duro

"Drop It Heavy" verse from Full Scale EP
"Fantastic 4" verse from The Professional

22 "Freestyle with Remy Martin" Big Pun, Remy Martin Sean Cane 1:33
23 "Wishful Thinking" Big Pun, Fat Joe, Kool G Rap, B-Real of Cypress Hill Showbiz B-side to Big Pun's single "I'm Not a Player" from Capital Punishment 4:00
24 "How We Roll '98" Big Pun, Pun's Kids, Veronica K-Cut, Rashad Smith 4:07