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 (RIP) 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.