It's a Gang Starr Foundation celebration on "Still Big", the tough-as-nails new single from Big Shug that features DJ Premier's signature head-nodding production and scratching. And to make the cipher complete, Premo laces the hook with a Guru sample from Gang Starr's classic, "Put Up or Shut Up".
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 this dope Premo instrumental.
Finally, there's his loyalty to the artists who helped him get where he is today. You hear this not only in the Guru sample, but also when Shug shouts out 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".
While you sit and ponder what an entire Shug and Premier project would sound like, go ahead and support "Still Big" through your preferred digital retailer or streaming platform. The Diamond Report is available now for pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Get On Down, and becomes available on CD and through all DSPs on Oct 25 via Brick Records.
'The Diamond Report' Tracklisting:
- Diamond Report (Intro) [Produced by Bryce Quiz Quinn]
- EMF (Produced by DJ Premier)
- Dirty Rat (Produced by Brutal Caesar)
- Keep It Cool (featuring M-Dot, B.A.M, & International Dreez) [Produced by Lil Fame]
- Old Man Rapper (Produced by Ben Malick)
- Doing My Shit (Produced by Thir(13)teen)
- Don't Understand (Produced by Mike Martinez)
- I Gotcha (Produced by Reel Drama)
- Stay The Course (Produced by Elevated Music)
- Interlude (Produced by Big Shug)
- Still Big (Produced by DJ Premier)
- All I Need Is You (Produced by Kid Called Quest)
- Okay (Produced by Reel Drama)
- Too Much (featuring Big Chat) [Produced by Big Chat]
- Play Your Hand (Produced by Reel Drama)
- No Real Rappers (featuring M-Dot & Singapore Kane) [Produced by Reel Drama]
- Days Of My Life (Produced by Reel Drama)
- Get Some (Produced by SMIDI WATERS)
- Why Hate (Produced by SMIDI WATERS)
- You Ain't About It (Produced by Kid Called Quest)