I had the honor of interviewing one of my hip-hop heroes recently for Complex, the one and only Large Professor. We chopped it up for over three hours a few weeks ago at a studio in the back of Fat Beats Headquarters in Brooklyn, talking about the stories behind all his classic records. Today, Part One of the feature hit the web, highlighting his work between 1990-1995 with Main Source, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Beastie Boys, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr, and many more. Check the intro, and then click the link to the feature to read….
Large Professor’s discography ain’t no joke. The innovative and intelligent Flushing, Queens–bred producer/MC, who started his career as Main Source’s front man and a ghost producer for Eric B. & Rakim, has amassed a catalog of timeless, sample-based classics, collaborating with a lengthy list of legendary artists from his borough and beyond. As we celebrate Nas week, it seemed only right to get with Large Pro, the producer who introduced Nasty Nas to the game.
Let’s take a sec to think back. There are his Main Source hits (“Looking at the Front Door,” “Fakin’ The Funk,”), his work with Nas on Illmatic (“Halftime,” “One Time 4 Your Mind,” “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,”) and Stillmatic (“You Da Man,” “Rewind”), not to mention his unforgettable appearance with A Tribe Called Quest on Midnight Marauders’ “Keep It Rollin’.”
Add on solo joints like “The Mad Scientist,” poisonous production for Kool G Rap and Big L, and hard-hitting remixes for Beastie Boys, Common, Mobb Deep, and Gang Starr, plus guest spots with Lord Finesse and The Beatnuts, and you’ve got a hip-hop resume jam-packed with rawness.
With his fourth solo album, Professor @ Large, dropping June 26th, we met up with Large Pro at Fat Beats Headquarters in Brooklyn to break down the stories behind his classic records. In Part One, Extra P gives us the extra details about Big Daddy Kane’s deadpan reaction to him showing up late for a session, hanging out with Q-Tip during the making of The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders (he also shares which of the two albums is his favorite), and creating “Live at the Barbeque,” tracks for Illmatic, and the unreleased gem “Understanding” with Nas.
LP also speaks on MCA’s passing, shares his earliest Beastie Boys memory, and tells us how proud his father was when he heard Main Source songs playing during Boyz n the Hood and White Men Can’t Jump. Plus so much more—check the method.
I’m gonna use this feature as an excuse to post a classic Main Source video, one that we spoke about in the feature, “Just Hangin’ Out,” off Breaking Atoms. This was Hype Williams first video….
Special thanks to Large Pro and to my dude Gustavo for making this feature happen. Check the shot of me and Extra P below at Fat Beats Headquarters….
As mentioned in my Large Pro intro, this feature is part of “Nas Week” at Complex, celebrating his new cover for the magazine. Check it out below, it’s dope. And also, click the link to read the cover story/interview with Nas…