Chris Rivers’ New Video Shows The Type Of Abuse His Family Suffered

Chris Rivers is his own man and has proved it time and again. The Bronx, New York MC is the son of legendary lyricist Big Pun. However, like the documentaries on the late Terror Squad founder have suggested, that’s not always a good thing. Videos and family testimony have chronicled the abuse that Christopher Rios, Sr. handed out to his wife and children. While Rivers (who has requested fans no longer call him “Baby Pun”) has shown moments of artistic respect for his father, he has not held back in describing the man behind the platinum and music video charm.

There are no charms in the video to “Fear Of My Crown.” The song is first-person storytelling of what Chris witnessed growing up. The video uses a family, not unlike the Rios clan, and shows an abusive father bullying his wife and son as Rivers’ words pull from his experience. In this visual, directed by Danny Cinema, that depiction is graphic and may be uncomfortable for some audiences.

The label press release says it in plain terms: “Outsiders looking in are probably quick to believe Chris Rivers had it easy growing up as the son of legendary rapper Big Pun. On the contrary, Rivers witnessed a lot of turmoil inside his own family’s home, which encouraged him to take a stand against child abuse and domestic violence overall. Rivers decided to tackle the issue by showing his fans the harsh reality of the victims’ everyday lives in the latest visual from his Delorean album.

In ‘Fear Of My Crown,’ the 23-year-old rapper tells the story of a family who suffered from generations of domestic abuse. After witnessing his father clobber his mother, the young boy grows up to be a splitting image of his father and repeats the violent cycle with his young son. In the end, his kid refuses to be a victim and actually stands up to him the way he should’ve done decades ago.

Last month, Jermaine Dupri described the violence and abuse he witnessed in another late Rap legend, Biggie Smalls, on mistress and band-mate Lil’ Kim. This week, Kim confirmed those accounts.

Earlier this week, Rivers’ right-hand MC Whispers released his single “Breaking Day,” featuring The LOX’s Sheek Louch. His LP, Whismonoxide is due November 17 on the same label Rivers releases albums with, That’s Hip Hop.