17 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The seminal producer Large Professor has one of the most impressive resumes in hip-hop, including production credits for Kool G Rap, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest and one full-length masterpiece, 1991’s seminal Breaking Atoms, a release that influenced the way hip-hop would be produced for years to come. Large Professor’s intricate productions featured scores of obscure funk, soul, and jazz samples arranged into intricate sonic collages. Where producers like Marley Marl and Rick Rubin had favored blunt, aggressive minimalism, Large Professor’s productions were possessed of a formal, almost delicate elegance. His 2008 solo effort, Main Source, strives to recapture the magic of Large Pro’s earliest productions and largely succeeds, in part thanks to the presence of a number of veteran rappers such as AZ, Jeru the Damaja and Styles P, all of whom sound reinvigorated by the presence of an old master. Large Professor himself graces the mic at various points, displaying his blocky but charismatic delivery and fondness for comically bizarre similes, and it’s a pleasure to hear one of hip-hop’s most recognizable voices championing the undeniable greatness of his own productions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The seminal producer Large Professor has one of the most impressive resumes in hip-hop, including production credits for Kool G Rap, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest and one full-length masterpiece, 1991’s seminal Breaking Atoms, a release that influenced the way hip-hop would be produced for years to come. Large Professor’s intricate productions featured scores of obscure funk, soul, and jazz samples arranged into intricate sonic collages. Where producers like Marley Marl and Rick Rubin had favored blunt, aggressive minimalism, Large Professor’s productions were possessed of a formal, almost delicate elegance. His 2008 solo effort, Main Source, strives to recapture the magic of Large Pro’s earliest productions and largely succeeds, in part thanks to the presence of a number of veteran rappers such as AZ, Jeru the Damaja and Styles P, all of whom sound reinvigorated by the presence of an old master. Large Professor himself graces the mic at various points, displaying his blocky but charismatic delivery and fondness for comically bizarre similes, and it’s a pleasure to hear one of hip-hop’s most recognizable voices championing the undeniable greatness of his own productions.

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About Large Professor

Widely known initially for his work as a producer and MC with the rap group Main Source, Large Professor soon after became a full-time producer working with such acts as Big Daddy Kane and A Tribe Called Quest. Professor originally became involved in rap when he won a tryout held by Main Source members K-Cut and Sir Scratch in 1989. Contributing significantly to the creative direction of the group, Professor eventually broke with Main Source over creative differences. He then lent his hand to albums by some of rap's biggest names, including Eric B. & Rakim, Nas, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. For his full-length solo debut, 2002's 1st Class, Large Professor called in favors from friends including Nas, Q-Tip, and Busta Rhymes. 2008's Main Source featured Big Noyd, AZ, and Styles P. ~ Steve Kurutz

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