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Large Professor of Main Source | Interview

From Queens, NY, Large Professor is an emcee and producer, best known as a founding member of the pioneering hip hop group Main Source. As a teenager, Professor made pause tapes, in which he paused a beat and blended it with other sequences. He eventually owned a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard to make beats at home and became a protege of the late Paul C, a record producer and musician. While Paul C was producing for Eric B. & Rakim and Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, Professor was given the opportunity to program beats for Eric B. & Rakim’s 1990 album Let The Rhythm Hit Em. Professor soon discovered Nas, who received a management deal with MC Serch’s label Serchlite Publishing and produced three tracks on Nas’ 1994 debut album Illmatic, arguably one of the best hip hop albums ever recorded. Professor then contributed to Kool G Rap & DJ Polo’s 1990 album Dead Or Alive, producing the lead single “Streets Of New York”. Main Source released their debut album in 1991, Breaking Atoms. The album included “Live At The Barbeque”, which was Nas’ first appearance on a track. In 1992, Main Source recorded the single “Fakin’ The Funk” for the White Men Can’t Jump Soundtrack. Large Professor produced for many other influential artists in the 90s including Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Busta Rhymes, Masta Ace, The X-Ecutioners, Tragedy Khadafi, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, and more. Professor released two instrumental albums, a number of solo albums, and most recently teamed up with Neek The Exotic to release the 2011 album, Still On The Hustle.

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