Big Pun’s Son Writes Heartfelt Birthday Note To “Poppa”

Forty-four years ago today, the man called Christopher Rios was born. He would later be known to the hip-hop world and beyond as Big Punisher, and go on to break barriers as the first Latino solo act to attain Platinum sales status. But Pun was more than just a GOAT MC who met his untimely demise after years of struggling with his weight,  he was also a husband and father (for better or worse).

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The late rapper’s 19-year-old son Chris Rivers took to his Instagram account this morning and shared a vintage image of the two, complete with a message so heartfelt you’ll shed a thug tear or two.

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“You’re this Titan in my eyes this insurmountable force as an rapper,” he wrote in the lengthy post. “I hear stories about your legendary charisma and the way you inspired people like a king. I would have loved to get to know you more. You were the greatest rapper , you were a person who manifested and shaped his destiny from selling crack in sound view sleeping out of bags to going double platinum whippin nighas with iced out chains…”

Happy birthday poppa. It’s been almost 16 years and I still see people with tattoos of you immortalized on they flesh. The impact you left on the world will make you immortal as pun. And the impact you left on mommy ( @pun_is_her ) and your daughters ( @nessyrios @star_rios ) and I left you immortal in our hearts. I don’t care if it sounds corny. Love doesn’t judge. You’re this Titan in my eyes this insurmountable force as an rapper I hear stories about your legendary charisma and the way you inspired people like a king. I would have loved to get to know you more. You were the greatest rapper , you were a person who manifested and shaped his destiny from selling crack in sound view sleeping out of bags to going double platinum whippin nighas with iced out chains lmao in all the things you were whether it be the #GOAT , hope , a legend, a man, a human , above all you were a husband and a father. And we love and miss you . I don’t usually like saying much so I keep it at I love you and we gonna make you proud. You’ll never really die. #RIP #DRAGONSUP #bigPun

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Happy bornday, Pun. Rest in peace.