Latinos Who Changed Media - Big Pun
Like another rap icon raised on the streets of New York, Big Pun (aka Christopher Lee Rios) lived large and died young, but not before leaving behind a legacy no other Latin rapper will likely match. The Bronx-born rapper of Puerto Rican descent legitimized Latinos' place in the hip hop game. In his short career, he released the first and only album by a solo Latin rapper to go platinum (1998's Capital Punishment, also nominated for a Grammy). He was even more prolific after death: Pun's record label Sony released two more of his albums posthumously, which also went platinum. His fire may have burnt out before he had a chance to really shine, but Big Punisher will always have a place in hip hop history.
Career High: October 1998, when his debut album went triple platinum.