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
Occupation(s) 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, M-Dot, Termanology

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


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]

Big Shug released his most recent studio album "Triple OGzus" in March of 2015. Shug's upcoming project is entitled "The Living Room Project" according to his Instagram page.

Personal life[edit]

In 2012 and 2014, Big Shug led his Braintree Youth Basketball to two championships. In 2013, he was defeated in the semi-final which led him to saying "Damn, these kids sign up to hoop, but they can't hoop. They damn bad." This caused an uproar from parents of players in the Braintree Youth Basketball orginization. The BYB committee later handed him a two-game suspension which was appealed. After a local court session, the suspension was overturned due to Shug's right to the first amendment. This led to Shug being "pissed off". This made him go into the 2013-14 season on fire. He coached his team led by his son, Trumayne "The Big Dawg" Guy to a second championship in three years. Due to his tremendous season, Shug was awarded "BYB Coach of the Year". In his winning speech, he said "What I said last year was totally disrespectful to all players trying to get better at basketball, a game I love. I'm not apologizing fam' because it was my freedom of speech to say that but I'm happy that I was able to win this year and help make a group of good basketball players, great."

Many people are aware of Big Shug's coaching skill. Many people are aware of his passion for the game basketball as well. Many people however don't know that Big Shug was once a MBA (Mattapan Basketball League) prospect. In the recent Big Shug biography entitled "Big Shug: A Man, A Rapper, and A Legend From Murdapan" by Albert Austin, it is revealed that Big Shug was almost drafted first overall in the 1994 MBA Draft. The prodigy out of GSU (Gang Starr University) averaged 24.3 PPG, 11.7 APG, and 8.4 RPG in his freshman year. His on-court ability was not noticed until he led his team to the Triple O Division 3 National Basketball Final Four. In a post game interview following the crushing Final Four defeat, Big Shug said "Dawg, I'm definitely declaring for the MBA Draft bro. I know my game is bigger and better than anyone else fam'. I'm gon' be the next Michael Jordan or at least the next black Larry Bird." Down south in Mattapan, the Mavericks tanked with hopes to draft Shug. The Mavericks finished with a 13-69 record to finish in last place. They later won the 1994 Draft Lottery and were awarded the first overall pick. Along with the first pick, Dallas also hired a new coach. Their new coach, Lamp Post, was a fresh face straight out of college ball. Post was aware immediately that upper management wanted Shug on the team and set up an interview to meet him. In June, right before the draft, Shug went to meet Lamp Post and they moment they met, the downfall of Shug's basketball career began. Shug walked into to Lamp's office to see that he was white. This, Big Shig did not know. According to reports, the first thing Shug said to Post was, "Damn. What the hell is this? You're white. How the hell you coaching a basketball team fam'. Dab over to the hockey rink Uncle Sam. Silly fake don't show shit about basketball, a.k.a. blackball." Shug was kicked out right away. Post did not say anything back. On the night of the draft, the Mavericks and coach Lamp Post selected Danny Phantom, a PG out of Brookline. Big Shug was skipped out entirely the rest of the draft. No team wanted him. Due to his outburst Shug gave up basketball and started to rap. Easily the best decision of his life.


  • 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 OGzus (2015) [11]


  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]",
  5. ^ "Big Shug - Otherside Of The Game",
  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"
  11. ^

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