A Bronx, N.Y., club is doing its part to help memorialize the late Big Punisher, as the rapper's second and last album, Yeeeah Baby, hits stores.
Jimmy's Bronx Café, located near the rapper's home in the South Bronx, will host a private listening party for family members, friends and associates Tuesday, the day of the album's release, according to Loud Records publicist Grace Heck.
Big Punisher (born Christopher Rios) died Feb. 7 in White Plains, N.Y., at age 28.
Westchester County Deputy Medical Examiner Louis Roh said the 698-pound Rios showed signs of heart failure and that the rapper's obesity left his heart three times larger than normal.
Rios became the first solo Latino rapper with a platinum record after his 1998 debut, Capital Punishment, earned that designation; the album is now double-platinum.
Friends have described Big Pun as warm, gracious and funny, a quality that comes through on his biggest hit, "Still Not a Player" (RealAudio excerpt).
Fat Joe, Nas and a host of other rappers appear in the video for "It's So Hard," a Yeeeah Baby song produced by Younglord. Fat Joe, Big Pun's mentor and close friend, said Tuesday the proceeds from the album would be used to support Rios' widow, Liza, and his three children Amanda, 9, Vanessa, 7, and Christopher, 6.