Yeeeah Baby

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Yeeeah Baby
Yeeeah Baby coverart.jpg
Studio album by Big Pun
Released April 4, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre
Length 52:08
Label
Producer Fat Joe (exec.)
Just Blaze
Buckwild
L.E.S.
Sean C
DJ Shok
Richard "Younglord" Frierson
Knobody
O.Gee
Mahogany
Minnesota
Guy Boogie
KNS
The Infinite Arkatechz
Big Pun chronology
Capital Punishment
(1998)Capital Punishment1998
Yeeeah Baby
(2000)
Endangered Species
(2001)
Singles from Yeeeah Baby
  1. "It's So Hard"
    Released: March 30, 1999
  2. "100%"
    Released: June 5, 2000

Endangered Species2001

Yeeeah Baby is the second 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] 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.

Background[edit]

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.[3]

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 African-American stereotypes. There were also hardcore revenge-fantasy songs with a dark sinister sound like "Off With His Head", "LeatherFace" and "Wrong Ones". "Laughing at You" samples Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)". In the song "My Turn", Big Pun made a jab at a then up-and-coming rapper 50 Cent in response to the remark 50 made about Pun in his song "How to Rob".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Billboard(Favorable)[12]
Entertainment WeeklyC[10]
NME(7/10)[7]
Q3/5 stars[6]
RapReviews(8.5/10)[8]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]
The Source4/5 stars[6]
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 ..."[5]
  • 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."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."The Creation (Intro)" 1:29
2."Watch Those"Knobody3:20
3."Off Wit His Head" (featuring Prospect)Just Blaze4:06
4."It's So Hard" (featuring Donell Jones)Younglord, Jay "Waxx" Garfield2:52
5."We Don't Care" (featuring Cuban Link)Younglord3:12
6."New York Giants" (featuring M.O.P.)Mahogany, Minnesota3:30
7."My Dick" (featuring Tony Sunshine)Sam Sneed, Guy Boogie, KNS3:19
8."Leatherface"The Infinite Arkatechz3:25
9."Air Pun (Skit)" 0:51
10."100%" (featuring Tony Sunshine)Sean C3:51
11."Wrong Ones" (featuring Sunkiss)Just Blaze4:07
12."Laughing at You" (featuring Tony Sunshine)O.Gee4:26
13."Nigga Shit"Buckwild1:45
14."Ms. Martin" (featuring Remy Ma)DJ Shok4:16
15."My Turn"L.E.S.3:48
16."You Was Wrong" (featuring Fat Joe, Drag-On & Remy Ma)DJ Shok3:51

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 -

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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