Scottish hip hop artist and producer Steg G has released his thought-provoking, straight-talking new album, Live Today, on Thursday 25 February 2021. An album that makes you stop, sit up and listen, it’s an exploration of masculinity rooted in the streets of Govan. Commissioned by Glasgow regeneration orchestra, The Glasgow Barons, Steg G is joined on his new album by some of Scotland’s leading rappers including Solareye from Stanley Odd, Empress, Govan rap duo CCTV, and Freestyle Master. Steg G spoke with The Fountain about the new LP and what we can expect from this evocative LP.

TF: You have a new album out, what can we expect from Live Today?

Live Today’s a reaction, it’s a concept, the album’s timeline takes place over a 24-hour period in your average housing scheme in Scotland, but it could be anywhere. The album looks at the pressures and challenges we all face on a day-to-day basis. 

I wanted to capture the moment, the pressure, pay respects and shine a spotlight on the forgotten. Life every day is a fight and for some more than others.

I’ve got some of the best rappers in the country on vocals, Solareye from Stanley Odd, Freestyle Master, Empress, CCTV, I’ve worked with them all before and we are all good friends, we have a natural chemistry and connection which grew even more during lockdown. I made the music knowing that it will be interpreted and performed by the Glasgow Barons Orchestra so I made sure they’ve got something to play, not just some basic loop, these songs have depth.

TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?

A cry for help.

What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

I’m not making too many plans this year unfortunately. I manage Sunny G Radio and I teach music so that keeps me pretty busy, but in terms of live gigs I don’t think they are coming back soon so I’ve been looking into alternative methods of getting the music out there to the people. I’ve been working with a few folk who are really embracing new tech so I have a few live streaming shows coming up. Also, we’ll perform the album with the Glasgow Barons Orchestra as soon as it’s safe to do so.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

My favourite venues for performing are McCuills and the Barrowlands, but I’ve also got a fondness for the 02 ABC – I’m still gutted that its gone, I’ve seen and been part of a lot of great shows in there and a lot of good people worked there that really understood the local music scene. I feel for all the venues right now especially the wee ones.

Live Today is out now