Big Shug

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Big Shug
Background information
Birth name Cary Guy
Also known as Cary Guy
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genres East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Occupations Rapper, Singer, actor
Years active 1985 - present
Associated acts Gang Starr Foundation, Ed O.G., Sean Price, M.O.P., Blaq Poet, Spinz, Omega Red, Termanology

Big Shug (born Cary Guy) is a hip hop and actor artist from Boston, Massachusetts, and a member of the Gang Starr Foundation collective.

Biography[edit]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Cary spent much of his early life in Boston's Mattapan area (known locally as "Murdapan").[1] Growing up, he forged a friendship with future Gang Starr MC, Guru.[1] The two were separated when Shug was imprisoned and Guru moved to New York, forming Gang Starr with DJ Premier.

On his release, Shug again hooked up with Guru, joined the Gang Starr Foundation, and contributed to each of Gang Starr's albums, beginning with Hard to Earn in 1994 (on "F.A.L.A.").[1] He also appeared on DJ Krush's "Meiso" in 1995 as well as "The Militia" from 1998's Moment of Truth, and contributed to Guru's "Jazzmatazz" albums.[2]

During the 1990s, Shug recorded a few 12-inch singles produced by DJ Premier for Payday and Chrysalis, but his first proper solo album, Who's Hard was not released until 2005 and half of the songs were handled by DJ Premier.[1]

He signed to New York's Babygrande in 2007, and released his second album, Streetchamp.[1] The album was produced by MoSS and DJ Premier and features guest appearances from DJ Premier and Sean Price.[3][4]

A third solo album, Otherside of the Game, was released in November 2008, and features DJ Premier, Bumpy Knuckles, Billy Danze of M.O.P., Termanology, Blaq Poet, and Singapore Kane. He performed at the 2009 Boston hemp fest.[5][6]

He is featured on the single "Tap Out", which appears on M-Dot & DJ Jean Maron's 2010 album Run MPC. The video of "tap out" was directed by Steven TAPIA. In 2010 he also collaborated with (artist) Aztech and (producer) Reel Drama on their album Hybrid Genetics.[7] In 2010 he collaborated with west coast hip hop artist Spinz [8] on a song called "Round Tha World" that was recorded while touring Europe. In 2012 he worked again with Dj Jean Maron for the release of the official remix of "Heavy" a posse cut with M-Dot,Benefit & B.A.M (M.O.P/Lil Fame's cousin).

In 2013 Guy appeared in two movies. In the HBO movie "Clear History," he was door security for the band Chicago. In "The Heat," starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, he was "Tough Guy #2."[9] He also appeared in the Boston-based movie "The Town."

He currently resides in Braintree, Massachusetts.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In the late 90s and early 2000s Guy was a volunteer coach for his son's Pop Warner football team.

Discography[edit]

  • Never Say Die: The Pre-Album (2005)
  • Who's Hard? (2005)
  • Street Champ (2007)
  • Otherside of the Game (2008)
  • I.M. 4-EVA (2012)
  • Triple O-Gzus (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cordor, Cyril "Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-03-19
  2. ^ Frampton. Megan "Gang Starr", TrouserPress
  3. ^ Brown, Marisa "- Streetchamp Review", allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Hartlaub, Joe (2007) "[1]", music-reviewer.com
  5. ^ "Big Shug - Otherside Of The Game", MusicRememdy.com
  6. ^ Big Shug to Release Otherside of the Game
  7. ^ Hybrid Genetics
  8. ^ Spinz
  9. ^ IMDB
  10. ^ The Boston Globe - "A shift in tone for music awards"

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