Unfortunately, the legacy isn't the only thing the big man left behind. Hip Hop Music, Audio, Video, Reviews, News, Interviews, Blogs and Discussion Board His name comes from the Marvel comic book anti-hero The Punisher. It was IHOP for breakfast, Bennigans for lunch and Red Lobster for dinner. Gothamist is a website about New York City news, arts and events, and food, brought to you by New York Public Radio. Also revealed in the film is Pun's first taste of big money, which actually did not come from rapping. My husband worked hard and he deserved the royalties he’s supposed to get. Liza and her family moving into a homeless shelter, which was first learned last month in an interview, was a shocking revelation that spread quickly among hip-hop and urban music blogs. For more details regarding the claims of missing royalties, HipHopDX.com has a very detailed discussion breaking down the numbers with Ms. Rios. Christopher Lee Rios (November 10, 1971 – February 7, 2000), better known by his stage name Big Pun (short for Big Punisher), was an American rapper and actor. I want to educate people. She was previously married to Big Pun. Son, Christopher, is carrying on … True Hollywood Story (1996). Big Pun Documentary Shows Other Side Of Late Rapper ... there was more to Pun than most ever knew. The reaction to the startling news was disbelief. In his very short life, 28 years in all, he left behind a long legacy that includes an historic double-platinum debut album, Capitol Punnishment, which made him the first solo Latin rapper to achieve platinum status. Along with her secret project, she also works on the Big Pun Foundation and is writing a book. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in the Bronxborough of New York City in the early 1990s, he came to promine… His posthumous greatest hits, titled "Endangered Species" was released April 3, 2001; "Yeeeah Baby," the album he was working on at the time of his death, was released April 4, 2000; and "Capital Punishment – the only album released during his lifetime – came out April 28, 1998. Big Pun, a famous Puerto Rican rapper, died in 2000 of a heart attack. Aside from the loss of her first love, Rios also struggled with the loss of the family provider. Christopher Lee Rios (November 9, 1971 - February 7, 2000), better known as Big Pun or Big Punisher, was a Puerto Rican American rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. She also says he bought a car, which caused him to cut down on his physical activity. Rivers is the son of Christopher Lee Rios, better known as Big Pun, and his wife, Liza Rios. Rios adds, "He had a love/hate relationship with his mom, and the same was true of our relationship. Thanks to Liza Rios, the family, the people that knew and respected him more through the year. ", "I got evicted, ironically on Pun’s birthday - November 9th, 2007," says Ms. Rios. "In May," she said, " I'm going to a high school to speak to troubled teens so that's basically the path that I'm taking.". There was a lot of issues with his mom that were never dealt with." Liza knew Big Pun before he was either Big or Pun. Thanks to Liza Rios, the family, the people that knew and respected him more through the year. Liza Rios sits down to talk to Ms. They was only one! Rios started out by calling himself Big Moon Dog, eventually changing it to Big Punisher, and finally Big Pun. Big Pun’s widow Liza Rios, is auctioning off the deceased rapper’s diamond and gold ‘Terror Squad” pendant on eBay. Among those projects are the Big Pun: The Legacy DVD which is on sale now. I was trying to never come this route. arrow After years just outside the limelight, Rios is stepping up again. Big Pun's best-known commercial success, the platinum album "Capital Punishment" – featuring the smash hit "Still Not a Player" – was released 18 years ago last week. See full bio » Rivers is the son of Christopher Lee Rios, better known as Big Pun, and his wife, Liza Rios. Where are the checks going now?". Rios was 17 and pregnant when the couple got married. Even though we're a legendary family we're down to earth," she told the Daily News. ", According to Ms. Rios the lack of income from Pun's music was never an issue before her husband passed away. She says, "I'm blessed. I've met a lot of great people in the shelter, there lots of mothers and families here, not what I was expecting. A mural in memory of Christopher "Big Pun" Rios. Pun originally paid $100,000 … Puerto Rican rapper and actor the Big Punisher also known as Big Pun, was born Christopher Rios in the South Bronx. Last week, Rios oversaw a Lower East Side display of art and artifacts celebrating her late husband's life and work. This month, she's set to film the pilot for a reality show, tentatively titled "Pardon the Puns." "Pun sucked with money and finances. ", While Pun was a tough kid who sold drugs and was able to survive the streets of the South Bronx on his own, it was his sense of humor that she says kept the relationship going. He was abused a lot as a child. They’ve had to deal with a lot; having a father who was famous and dealing with all of the criticism and the questions. He is the youngest of three children. Rios adds, "We probably never would have known each other if it weren't for him getting left back in 7th grade. He’d eat and then get depressed and eat some more." "We met in the 8th grade, we went to the same junior high school." They reportedly began to date when she was just 14 years old. Directed by Fat Joe, Lisa Rios, Marcos Antonio Miranda. ", Liza Rios speaks at the premiere of Big Pun: The Legacy Earlier this year, Liza appeared on the "E! I had to speak up because I didn’t want my son to become a wife beater, I didn’t want my daughters to grow up thinking it was acceptable. At age 18, he was awarded $500,000 from a law settlement as the result of a childhood accident. He is frequently cited as one of the best MCs of all time. In regards to her three children, Liza says, "They’re tremendously strong." Sign up for our newsletter! "For the first year of our marriage I didn’t cook. Liza Rios was born in February 1973 and Big Pun was born November 3, 1971. I’ve always been a serious person and he made me laugh.". Between royalties and work as a hairdresser, she pulled the family out of dire financial straits – and pulled herself together as well. Big Pun’s Wife, Liza Rios, Reaches Settlement With Fat Joe – Gets Millions After 11 long years, a settlement has been reached between the widow of the late Big Pun and Fat Joe. I don’t care about the record sales. 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I don’t care what the industry thinks about me. She lost the house and ended up living in a shelter for a time. She takes the first step in telling her story almost 17 years after the death of her father. She has first-hand knowledge of the struggles of homelessness and teenage pregnancy – as well as domestic violence and infidelity. Liza Rios is a writer and producer, known for Big Pun: Still Not a Player (2002), Inside the Label (2016) and E! I got $125,000 total. His father died on February 7, 2000 when Rivers was six. They'll never be another person like Big Pun aka Christopher Rios (1971-2000). Liza Rios, wife of the rapper known as Big Pun, is pictured in front of a Lower East Side display of art and artifacts celebrating her late husband’s life and work at Avant Garde LES. © 2020 New York Public Radio. Fat and big are the words that come to mind for the checks and dollars involved in this long-standing lawsuit between Fat Joe and the late Big Pun… Childhood Growing up he was a good student and athlete. Liza informs us, "I’m working on a few things. Like my facebook page: http://facebook.com/krkgfxand visit my website http://krkgfx.comFat Joe tell's Big Pun's Wife, Liza Rios to " Get A Job ! If it gets picked up, the show will feature 43-year-old Rios and her three adult children – 22-year-old rapper Chris, 24-year-old songwriter Vanessa, and 25-year-old mother and glasses designer Amanda. Big Pun was born on November 9, 1971 in Bronx, New York, USA as Christopher Lee Rios. He grew up in many parts of The Bronx, New York. Though she remained unfailingly supportive of Pun, Rios confessed that life with him was not always easy. I been an avid Big Pun fan since 2002, and today still show the love and support for him. It was also during this time in Pun's life that he began to put on weight. "This is not about the industry, this is not about me trying to be famous. Despite all that she has been through, Rios says she remains upbeat. She resurfaced in gossip columns in 2014 as the result of a lawsuit against Pun's former business partner, fellow Puerto Rican rapper Fat Joe. "Some people say I messed up his image. "He made me laugh since day one. Now that I’m here in the shelter, I regret not doing it sooner. He blew it just trying to live it up.". Pun's lyrics are notable for their technical efficiency, having exceptional breath control, heavy use of alliteration, as well as internal and multi-syllabic rhyming schemes. Last week HipHopDX spoke with Liza Rios, the widow of legendary Latin lyricist Christopher “Big Pun” Rios, to get her response to the statement released by the man who discovered Pun… Aside from various pieces of an art, painted both before and after Pun's death, the display featured his platinum plaque, the leather jersey in wore in J.Lo's "Feelin' so Good" video, the suit he wore for the Grammys and the clothing he wore on the cover of The Source – an issue ultimately released after his death. Drama about Big Pun's upcoming documentary. Rios adds, "I had to speak about it for him, myself, for my children. The two were junior high school sweethearts. She adds, "My life was difficult, but I don’t know if I would be able to be in their shoes. She tells us, "A lot of people ask me about the abuse and ask why I spoke up." Following an interview that Liza did on Hot 97 last month, Joe called in to offer his side of the story telling the DJs, "She’s basically disrespecting his legacy.”. Big Pun was the first solo Latino rapper to sell over one million LPs. This lighter side of Pun, the big man with the rough exterior who was always making the people laugh is covered extensively thanks anecdotes from some of hip-hop's biggest names in the DVD, which was directed by Vlad Yudin. He was married to Liza Rios. "The average reader would think I got millions," says Ms. Rios, who moved into the homeless shelter on May 29th. She adds, "I never got that. "We're not afraid to show who we really are.". In 2000, the Bronx's own Christopher "Big Pun" Rios' life was cut short due to a heart attack. Star Rios is the first born child and daughter of legendary artist Big Punisher. Liza Rios ( the widow of the late great Big Pun) speaks on the demise of Puns legacy, her relationship with Remy. Great special features from the DVD and good input behind it. How could the wife of a multi-platinum recording artist end up in a homeless shelter? Big Pun, Soundtrack: That Awkward Moment. True Hollywood Story (1996). He would work with Fat Joe, Bone Thugs 'N … "What I've been doing is getting my head together — I've been through a lot and I'm in a much better place," she said. Aside from her speaking engagements, Rios does a weekly radio show. His first stage name was Big Moon Dawg. All rights reserved. Chris Rivers: the youngest son of the late rapper Big Pun. Greatly missed him but forever he lives in us through spirit. Rios says her husband blew through that money very quickly. Endangered Species (Big Pun album): rapper Big Pun, released on April 4, 2001 by Loud Records, following his death in February 2000. ", Rios asks, "He doesn't make any money off of iTunes or ringtones. By Tim Hammer, Special to Gothamist and LAist Contributor. The timing of the display was not accidental, Rios said — all of Big Pun's albums were released in April. Rios weighed 698 pounds at the time of his death. She was previously married to Big Pun . "I'm a single mom, we got the three kids and we're just showing our growth. After her husband's death, Rios took part in a 2002 documentary but, after that, stayed mostly on the sidelines except for the occasional interview. With Big Pun, Felix Delgado, DJ Premier, Ice-T. While Big Pun was a charismatic celebrity in music videos, interviews, and through lyrics, Christopher Rios behind the scenes is a more controversial character. In the aftermath of Pun's death – caused by a heart attack – Rios struggled. Pun had been her first relationship; she started seeing him at 14 and got married at 17, already pregnant with the rapper's first child. | Photo by, "E! "I was living back and forth with family. Big Pun and Liza Rios got together when Rios was very young. He is survived by a wife, Liza Rios, and three children. 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. Food was his drug of choice. Star is now 26 […] ", This news of a man who is beloved by his fans did not go over well with everyone. Liza Rios is a writer and producer, known for Big Pun: Still Not a Player (2002), Inside the Label (2016) and E! Share your email address to get our top stories each day. … One the opening day of the display at Avant Garde LES, Rios even brought Pun's ashes. Liza Rios, wife of the rapper known as Big Pun, is pictured in front of a Lower East Side display of art and artifacts celebrating her late husband’s life and work at Avant Garde LES. Liza believes the key to this mystery is Fat Joe. Joe and Liza also don't see eye to eye on her current financial status. She's working on a memoir and has plans to start a nonprofit foundation to "bring awareness of self-love.". Despite things being great at school, the trauma 0f being a witness to his father’s death and his mother’s drug abuse caused Big Pun to drop out of school at 15 and have depression. At the time of our interview, Ms. Rios spoke to us on the phone from an undisclosed homeless shelter. Big Pun's career was cut short in 2000 at age 28 by a fatal heart attack due to his obesity. Reflecting on all that for a minute, she cracked a smile. She also attributes Pun's childhood for his weight issues. Rios adds, "It was a vicious cycle. The suit – which Rios said is still not settled – alleges that the formerly heavy rapper failed to hold up his end of an agreement to give Big Pun's family a cut of posthumous sales. https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/liza-rios-widow-of-rapper-big-pun I’m working on something pretty big but can't really say anything about it yet." True Hollywood Stories: Rappers Wives", "She’s basically disrespecting his legacy.”. The proceeds from the album were to be given to Pun's widow, Liza Rios, and their three children. ", Liza claims that her husband's royalties are not going where they belong. "He had a lot of mental problems. True Hollywood Stories: Rappers Wives", where she revealed that she was the victim of domestic violence from her husband. ", Among those who have been critical of Rios' decision to go public with this aspect of her husband's life is Fat Joe, the rapper who discovered Pun. She has more planned for the future, including one at Covenant House, a nonprofit charity in Manhattan. I think it would be a very difficult life for a kid, but they’ve dealt with it.". The first evening attracted a huge standing-room-only crowd to the tiny Grand Street gallery, but the following days still brought in a steady stream of visitors. Lastly, Liza asks Big Pun fans to "support projects that support Big Pun." Even though the rapper – whose real name was Christopher Rios – died in 2000, his wife Liza Rios is still on her grind. By submitting your information, you're agreeing to receive communications from New York Public Radio in accordance with our Terms. That’s when the weight began." Her Mother Liza, sister Vanessa and brother Chris have all fought hard to survive and thrive as a family. This year, she started doing speaking events across the state. Liza, who will be signing copies of the recently released documentary DVD Big Pun: The Legacy tonight at Basement Mix Records in Brooklyn, caught up with us over the phone to discuss her relationship with Pun, the struggle with his weight, her current living situation and more. Had he lived, he'll still be rockin' now. 1,104 Followers, 0 Following, 31 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Liza Rios™ (@punisherradio) I was doing everything in my power to avoid this. Eventually, she picked up the pieces. In this time, I’m just going to work on myself and leave it in God’s hands." Both their marriage and honeymoon was held in Bronx, New York (City Hall and the Marriot Marquis). "I try to take everything that comes my way and see the positive side of it." Meet Liza Rios, the widow of Big Pun and the mother of his three children. The Big Pun brand is certainly still in demand nearly twenty years after his untimely death. Christopher Rios, better known as Big Pun, started his rap career under the moniker Big Moon Dog. "When Pun was alive he was getting money all the time and nobody ever had to go looking for royalty checks. https://hiphopwired.com/488220/liza-rios-big-pun-jay-z-bottle This DVD can make you laugh, cry, hurting, and can encourage you too. Liza Rios and Director Vlad Yudin will be signing copies of the DVD tonight at 7pm at Basement Mix Records in Brooklyn.

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