Gangstarr Foundation affiliate Big Shug is a well-known figure in the underground circuit and has been kicking it with Gangstarr since the 90s. On his new release titled “Still Big”, he reminds us that he is still in the trenches holding down the fort. The track stems from Shug’s upcoming album, The Diamond Report, which solidifies several things about the Boston rap stalwart. First, there’s his unrelenting passion for the craft even after multiple decades in the game, which he sums up eloquently when rapping, “Infinite torch, my flame’s eternal.” And then there’s his unquestionably keen ear for production, as he goes-in over the dope Premo instrumental. He also gives props to the individuals who helped him along with his journey and a deserving shout out to Guru his late friend and fellow rap royalty. He, of course, does the same for Premo, who he calls his brother. “Our chemistry has always been great,” Shug says of collaborating with Premier. “At some point we’ll do an album that he’ll produce entirely.”

The DJ Premier-produced cut is classic boom-bap material with heavy drums, throbbing bassline and to make the cipher complete, Premo laces the hook with a Guru sample from Gang Starr’s classic, “Put Up or Shut Up.”

Support “Still Big” through your preferred digital retailer or streaming platform.

The Diamond Report is available now for pre-order through iTunesAmazonGoogle Play, and Get On Down, and becomes available on CD and through all DSPs on Oct 25 via Brick Records.


01. Diamond Report (Intro) (prod. by Bryce Quiz Quinn)

02. EMF (prod. by DJ Premier)

03. Dirty Rat (prod. by Brutal Caesar)

04. Keep It Cool (feat. M-Dot, B.A.M & International Dreez) [prod. by Lil Fame]

05. Old Man Rapper (prod. by Ben Malick)

06. Doing My Shit (prod. by Thir(13)teen)

07. Don’t Understand (prod. by Mike Martinez)

08. I Gotcha (prod. by Reel Drama)

09. Stay The Course (prod. by Elevated Music)

10. Interlude (prod. by Big Shug)

11. Still Big (prod. by DJ Premier)

12. All I Need Is You (prod. by Kid Called Quest)

13. Okay (prod. by Reel Drama)

14. Too Much (feat. Big Chat) [prod. by Big Chat]

15. Play Your Hand (prod. by Reel Drama)

16. No Real Rappers (feat. M-Dot & Singapore Kane) [prod. by Reel Drama]

17. Days Of My Life (prod. by Reel Drama)

18. Get Some (prod. by SMIDI WATERS)

19. Why Hate (prod. by SMIDI WATERS)

20. You Ain’t About It (prod. by Kid Called Quest)

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