Fat Joe has been in the music industry for decades, so it’s unsurprising that he has memorable stories to tell. In a recent interview with XXL, he reminisced about his fellow Terror Squad member, Big Pun. “Discovering Big Pun, I put him on the second album, and then we just focused on Pun.” he said, “Just making him a rap superstar. Pun became the first Latino solo artist to sell xx copies. Frenzy. Latinos never seen nothing like that.” The pair met in the 90s when the rapper went by Big Moon Dog.
Big Pun eventually changed his name to Big Punisher. The two rappers formed a strong lifelong friendship that Fat Joe carries with him even after Pun’s death. Fat Joe has done an incredible job keeping Big Pun’s memory alive.
Fat Joe’s “XXL” Cover
On the 23rd anniversary of his friend’s passing, he posted a heartfelt video on Instagram captioned, “RIP BIG PUN!!!! GRAMMY TALK @powertothepatients_.” It wasn’t the first message that Fat Joe has shared about his friend. In 2022, he shared a post on the 22nd anniversary of his friend’s passing. “22 years later we still celebrate your greatness,” he said. “My brother we miss you not a day goes by when we don’t think about or tell stories about you. The world got robbed of an incredible beautiful person 22 years ago was the worst day of my life. We try to hold it down for you as best as we can i know I’ll see you again. No one will ever be the TWINZ they can emulate we’ll take it as flattery we will always be the realest that cost no money just TRUST LOYALTY and RESPECT TS4LIFE” Several pictures of the diseased star accompanied the message.
Fat Joe has shared various other heartfelt messages about Big Pun on social media over the years. In 2019, he wrote on the 21st anniversary of Big Pun’s death. He also made an Instagram post wishing Pun a happy birthday on November 10th, 2020. Were you a fan of Big Pun? If yes, drop your favorite Pun song in the comments.
Fat Joe’s Interview With “XXL”