Big Pun – It’s So Hard

Big Pun released his single “It’s So Hard” back on March 30, 2000.  The single was produced by Younglord and was released almost 2 months after his sudden death.  The single appeared on his posthumous second studio album “Yeeeah Baby” and released on Terror Squad/Loud Records.

When I first heard Big Pun on “Off The Books” I knew this guy was going to be one of the greatest MC’s to rock the mic!  Being Latino and loving Hip Hop since the late 70’s, I felt a pride that I had never felt before. This was better than Fernando Valenzuela pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers and winning the World Series or Jim Plunkett playing for the Los Angeles Raiders and winning the Super Bowl.    I tried to rap with him and emulate him but I just couldn’t catch up.  He was so lyrical and fast it was almost hard to under stand yet his message was heard loud and clear.  When he passed on February 7, 2000, I started to notice that all my favorite MC’s where passing away at a young age.  This song made me smile and the same time made me shed a tear especially when he says that he lost 100 pounds and he was trying to live.

The track samples the Spanish song “En Un Rincon Del Alma” by Danny Rivera plus an interpolation of Fat Joe’s hook on “Walk On By“.  The song has Donell Jones singing the hook and the lyrics are all about how hard the rap game is on how tough New York can be.  The track then takes a positive yet melancholy spin when he says:

It’s hard work, baby
I just lost a hundred pounds, I’m tryin’ to live
I ain’t goin’ nowhere
I’m stayin’ alive, baby
That’s my wife, I paid for them titties!
Get your own! Your own, ya heard?

It reminds us how one day we can be having the time of our lives and the next taking the stairway to heaven.  The video is a tribute to this man’s legacy with cameos by LL Cool J, Nas, Jennifer Lopez, The Beatnuts, Wyclef Jean and many others including his wife and kids.  This track was a celebration of Pun’s life and legacy and at the same time, it was “so hard” to say goodbye to one of the greatest lyricists in Hip Hop History.

[Verse 1: Big Punisher]
You can catch me in the cherry red one-fifty
Got the Glizzy locked in the stizzy
Pop the clizzy, going sixty down a one-wizzy
Drunk pissy, tryin’ to cruise through the avenue
While my peoples is poppin’ bottles up in Sue’s Rendevous
Fuck that! Spun the U-ey, lost a hubcap
It’s back to the shack, came back in a “What’s that?”
Straight from Paris, checkin’ Gaby’s new baby carriage
Perry Ellis, auburn cherry reddish
Fresh out the dealer, got the TEC for the squealers
Wear a vest for the killers, nothin’ less, ‘cause it’s realer
In the Big Apple, where it’s quick to get your shit tackled
Enemies spit at you, best friends kidnap you
Trust no one; got beef, bust yo’ gun
You don’t need no one talking ’bout that you owe him
I’ma go for dolo; Scarface without Manolo
One deep, I be solo, bustin’ heat, throwin’ bolos, it’s hard

[Hook: Donnell Jones]
And it’s so hard, yeah
Niggas wanna be like Pun
But they don’t bust they guns
And it’s so hard
Niggas wanna fuck my wife
Nggas wanna take my life
But it’s so hard

[Hook adlibs: Big Punisher]
It’s hard work, baby
I just lost a hundred pounds, I’m tryin’ to live
I ain’t goin’ nowhere
I’m stayin’ alive, baby
That’s my wife, I paid for them titties!
Get your own! Your own, ya heard?[Verse 2: Big Punisher]
Rollin’ with the Squad, we like Gods
Catch us at the bar-de-bar-de-bars, strip bars in Miami
Almost came home with the Grammy
Next year, bringing home three for the family
Watch me, you can catch it live on the Hitachi
Poppin’ shit like a Nazi, iced out like DeBiase
Fuck that! Liberace, fo’-X Versace, somebody stop me!
Never that! SKEE-YU! Where my niggas at?
Uptown, uptown, you know you feelin’ that
Cash rule, hardcore you can dance to
That old Biggie give me, One More Chance
Take a glance and I’m off with yours
With both hands take off my drawers
And jerk me like the Source Awards
I love hip-hop, I ain’t even probably the best lyricist alive
Terror Squad, nigga, stop sleepin’!

[Hook: Donnell Jones]
And it’s so hard, yeah
Niggas wanna be like Pun
But they don’t bust they guns
And it’s so hard
Niggas wanna fuck my wife
Nggas wanna take my life
But it’s so hard

[Hook Adlibs: Big Punisher]
What you say your name was again?
And I know you from where? Elementary school?
I don’t know you, man!
Money, not you again, go that way!

[Coda: Donell Jones]
Yeah, you ain’t fucking my wife, takin’ my life
And if you just hatin’, just walk on by
All you haters just walk on by
See, me and Big Pun be rollin’
Schemin’ on you and your homie
Better just walk on by
While we role back and talk for a while
And to the Boricuas, stay up, stay up, stay up!
And to all my homies, you gotta know what’s up!

-Al E.

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