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VOL № RH082 — June 2024

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Capital Punishment

Big Pun
Why you'll love it...

The beats on Capital Punishment, from RZA, Rockwilder, Domingo, and other A-list maestros, are grimy, radio- friendly, yet low-ley cutting-edge, affirming its status as an undisputed classic. Big Pun was as much a visionary — conceptualizing every song — as a consummate pro in the booth. Citing Picasso and Baby Jesus while purporting to “twist your temples into pretzels,” Pun made Minute Rice out of multi-syllables. There’s no way to describe Pun’s febrile liberties with the king’s English. He doesn’t really breathe; when he does, it’s a sharp gasp for air that almost mimics his Ginsu-like wordplay. Pun’s habit of sucking wind before spitting an ill verse mimics the effect of a lit grenade about to land and decimate entire sections of the population. If Pun’s dense rhymes invo...

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Release Type
2 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
Foil Stamped
Direct-To-Board; Widespine
Mastering Studio
AIR Mastering
Mastering Engineer
Cicely Balston
Pressing Location
GZ Vinyl
Remastering Details
Lacquers Cut by Cicely Balston, AIR Mastering
Listening Notes Booklet by Will Dukes
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