Shaq Reminisces About Recording Vocals With Biggie Smalls Back In '96

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If you know hip-hop and you're a real head, then you know that Shaq can get down on the mic in a BIG way! During the 90s he had an impressive run in the rap world, collaborating with legendary artists and even scoring a platinum album of his own, Shaq Diesel, plus other successful releases. However, there was one collabo in particular that made Shaq really hone his skills as he told Ebro on the Beats1 Show.

The song was ''Still Can't Stop the Reign'' off Shaq's third album You Can't Stop the Reign, and it featured none other than the Notorious B.I.G. himself. It was Shaq who had contacted Puff and Biggie to make the song happen, and Shaq didn't want to let down the legend from Bed-Stuy. “I get the track, and I lay it…I don’t like it. I re-lay it and keep doing it because I don’t want to do it in front of him, in case it’s wack… I called him down, and I played it for him. He was rocking with it,” said Shaq.

In contrast, Biggie only needed one take, showing his usual natural talent, as Shaq explains, "He went in there, and when I tell you he killed it in one take, I ain’t never seen nothing like that. But — the first take — and I’m the only one with a copy, and it’ll never get released because I never do it to him… he went in. He was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right, my bad. It’s for the kids, for the kids.’ And then he went in and did that verse.”

Hopefully, Shaq didn't feel like a wack MC in front of Biggie, and it's nice to see that Biggie could be family-friendly when he needed to! A true talent who is sorely missed in the game. R.I.P.

Alexander Ramalho