Adawiya said Big Pun is owed $1.1 million in back royalties on his four albums, including $666,139 for his 1998 debut album “Capital Punishment,” which made him the first Latino rapper to go platinum.
Pun’s music publisher, Jelly’s Jams, also repeatedly charged Pun hundreds of thousands of dollars, when in fact it was earning that amount and more from Pun’s advance money, the expert said.
Pun was never paid nearly $80,000 from having his songs in the Grand Theft Auto video game, movies like “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” and TV shows like “Moesha,” and HBO’s “Ballers,” according to Adawiya.
Also missing is $129,542 in performance income, $33,437 in licensing profits, $277,218 in advances and $250,000 from appearing as a featured artist on other rapper’s songs. Adawiya said Big Pun made at least another $250,000 that’s unaccounted for from sites like Google, Sony Music Digital and Amazon Prime.
The estate for the “Still Not A Player” rapper is owed $200,000 in interest alone, Adawiya said.
The Bronx-bred rapper died of heart failure in 2000 at the height of his fame, leaving behind Rios, and their kids.
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