I have a very real question for everyone. Why isn’t Big Pun’s verse in “The Foundation” from Tony Touch’s The Piecemaker mentioned among his greatest verses, let alone the greatest appearances period?

That thing is nasty. Also, why isn’t it the final verse? I mean, damn, you wanna talk about something to wait for, a verse worth wading through the mediocrity that comes before it. I usually change the song after his verse.

Lets look at it:

He starts off with a few bars about wrestling, and wordplay that leaves your head spinning (pun intended [pun intended]). It starts off with his alias, echoed in the neck-twisting bar, and then fulfilled with wrestling terms. But for me, the most impressive aspect is the baseball bit:

Strike one, I cut out your eyes and leave you Ray Charles
Strike two, you outta here n****, this ain’t baseball

It seems simple, but it’s the kind of braggadocio that defines witty lyricism. Just before this he has this tongue twisting, wrestler/exorcist metaphor so tightly wound and knotted it can’t be undone. And then he drops these two bars with a slant rhyme, cutting short what you expect (3 strikes), and coming off as menacing as anything in rap to date. That last line about the shotty chrome is the icing on the trash-talking cake that is this verse.

Sadly this verse isn’t given the type of shine it deserves, although I’ll always fly its flag when talking about the legendary Chris Rios.