The late Big Pun was honored with his own street in the Bronx on March 22. But there was one person noticeably absent from the celebration Fat Joe.
Fat Joe Explains Why He Ghosted Big Pun's Street-Naming Ceremony Published on:Mar 31, 2021, 9:40 AM by 0 Bronx, NY The late Big Pun was honoredwith his own street in the Bronx on March 22. But there was one person noticeably absent from the celebration Fat Joe. The Terror Squad OG initially discovered Big Pun in the early 90s and recruited him for his 1995 album Jealous Ones Envy, jumpstarting a legendary career that would lead to the platinum-selling, Grammy Award-nominated Capital Punishment album. Needless to say, the two rappers shared a close, collaborative relationship and Joe was understandably devastated when Pun died in 200o. But over the years, Fat Joe and Big Puns wife Liza have often bumped heads, which Joe says is the primary reason he didnt show up. On the day of the ceremony, the veteran artist shared his thoughts via Instagram Live and explained their issues prevented him for heading down to Big Pun Plaza. If you dont have good things to say about somebody, I prefer to not say it, he says in the clip. So me, I could not go over there, because there were people over there I just aint feeling. And I aint never going to feel. So when everybody DMs me, or says little things, yo bro I will never stand beside these people ever in life. In my life, all I have is my word. My word is my bond. I never broke my word for nobody. If I shook your hand and told you its peace, then its peace. If I have a problem with you, I let you know. Although there have plenty of reconciliations in the rap community, especially when someone dies, Fat Joewas adamant hell never make peace with Big Puns family. Im not standing beside nobody, he continued. Talking about lets do it for Pun. No Im not. When you slander me and my word and make me look crazy for two decades in the hood. I can not stand next to you. My kids aint standing next to you. We just aint doing that. Were talking about the legacy of Big Pun, were talking about uplifting him for 20 years all we do is uplift Pun. Joe also claimed hes reached out to Puns son Chris Rivers, whos busy trying to build a rap career of his own. I know I might get some of you people mad, but thats on you, he added. I invited his son, who raps, to come and do Big Puns parts. He declines. I invited him when we big-upped Pun at Radio City Music Hall, where every rapper was there, but they declined. Thats cool. I was the bigger guy, and often. I know he was a kid when Pun passed and he knows whats told to him. I respect that its all good. Big we gotta salute the one and only Big Pun.