Download: Main Source – The Science [Unkut Bootleg]
Thursday July 10th 2014,
Filed under: Large Pro For Prez,Promos & Exclusives,Unkut Originals
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Following the well received Breaking Atoms album, which introduced the world to the talents of Large Professor, Sir Scratch and K-Kut, as well as early cameos from Akinyele and Nasty Nas, Main Source contributed the addictive “Fakin’ The Funk” to the White Men Can’t Jump soundtrack and declared “Main Source forever, yo!” on their feature with the Brand New Heavies.

The second album, The Science, had several completed tracks and demos in the can when it was previewed by The Source magazine, until Large Pro decided that working with a group that was managed by the other two member’s mom made as much sense as Shaquille O’Neil rapping and broke north. The McKenzie brothers would eventually recruit Queens street battle legend Mikey D to take over vocal duties, and even re-recorded “Hellavision” for the doomed Fuck What U Think album, leaving fans to forever speculate on what might have been if Paul Juice had stuck around.

Thanks to a handful of limited-edition 7″ pressings, Japanese re-issues, record label compilations and bootlegs, I’ve been able to assemble eight cuts that represent the sound of Main Source’s lost sophomore project.

Download: Main Source – The Science [Unkut Bootleg]

Scan of the original preview from The Source, July 1992.



Video: 45 King – Making The Beat with Large Professor Pt. 1
Tuesday July 08th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!,Large Pro For Prez
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Still waiting for the final edit of the 45 King Boiler Room session since I missed the live broadcast.

“You known for the horns, man!”
“We don’t wanna hear strings from the 45 King!”



Mikey D and Devastating Tito – Got’m Say’n Hey [Produced by Large Professor]

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Mikey D and Devastating Tito [Fearless Four] have just teamed-up over a catchy Large Pro production for some of that good old back-and-forth rhyme routine action.

Mikey D and Tito also kicked some rhymes for 45 King‘s Making The Beat show the other week:
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Illa Ghee – 90

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World premier of the stand-out cut from BK trooper Illa Ghee‘s third LP, Social Graffiti, which is due 8 July. Driven by a breezy Large Professor head nodder, Ghee drops slang technology buttery enough to cover a jumbo bucket of popcorn, slyly informing us that, “Life’s a bitch – better yet a Kardashian.”



Timeless Truth – The Unkut Interview
Tuesday February 25th 2014,
Filed under: Flushing's Finest,Interviews,Large Pro For Prez,New Rap That Doesn't Suck
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Superbad Solace and Oprime39 first made some noise with their Brugal & Presidentes EP in 2012, and followed-up with their debut album Rock-It Science the following year. With a new EP and album due soon, it seemed like the perfect time to build with these two brothers from Flushing, Queens to talk about music, their iconic neighborhood and the importance of dressing fresh.

Robbie: Did you both grow-up in Flushing, Queens?

Solace: We moved out here in in 1988 because my father was a building superintendent and he landed a gig right here. We were living in Corona before that and that was a dream job back in the day, so he took the whole family out here.

Oprime: He was a super out in Lefrak at the time and an opportunity popped up in Flushing. We’ve been out here ever since.

Solace: The ill shit with a superintendent job is you also get the rent-free apartment.
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Video: Timeless Truth – Wavelength

Large Pro catches a Bowne HS flashback with his backpack on one hunned as he laces this new track for Solace and Oprime39 from their next LP, Cold Wave. Mixed by Dave Dar.



Marco Polo feat. Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C, Tragedy Khadafi & DJ Revolution – Astonishing

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One of the highlights of the forthcoming Marco Polo album PA2: The Director’s Cut, as Large, Rebel INS, O.C. and Trag all go in. DJ Revolution steals the show, however, with what can only be described as scratching so great it should be illegal.



Video: Reap The Naturaw – The Wild Wild

Large Professor kills this beat for Queens native Reap The Naturaw. Cuts by DJ Grazzhoppa.



Video: B-1 – Hands of Time
Tuesday July 30th 2013,
Filed under: Collectables,Large Pro For Prez,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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Here’s that lost B-1/Large Professor track from 1997 that was intended for his Rawkus single debut, as promised in the Unkut Interview with B-1. Available on 45 and cassingle at Ill Adrenaline.



Video: The Combat Jack TV Show – The Large Professor Episodes
Friday May 31st 2013,
Filed under: Internets,Large Pro For Prez,The Combat Jack Show,TV,Video Clips
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Now we come to the pay-off…the ultimate edition of the Combat Jack TV Show with the Live Guy With Glasses on deck! Parts 2 and 3 below..
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Video: Large Professor and Yu Mamiya – Back and 4th Scrambler

Flushing and Japan connect for this new Live Guy With Glasses joint.



Why I Was Wrong About Illmatic

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Like many of you, the first time I heard Nasty Nas was through his stirring performance on Main Source’s seminal “Live At The BBQ”, but it was initial exposure to “Halftime” on a local radio show that really got me amped. I was so impressed with the track that I eventually went on to describe it as “The Best Brag Rap Song of The 90’s”: “The lyrics are a ‘Good Combination’ of declarations of poetic superiority, explanations of his daily operations, product name checks, witty punchlines, casual blasphemy and a healthy dose of Eff The Police sentiment. What more could a rap fan ask for?”
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Video: DJ Doom and Nutso feat. Large Professor, El Da Sensai and Tony Touch – It’s Just Begun
Friday April 05th 2013,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Large Pro For Prez,Video Clips
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Grab your cardboard for this dedication to the late, great Jimmy Castor.



Video: DJ Clark Kent, Large Professor and Pete Marriott Debate Sampling at the NMS, 1993
Wednesday March 20th 2013,
Filed under: Crates,Large Pro For Prez,The 90's Files,VHS Vaults,Video Clips
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Pete Marriott gets a spirited defense of sampling in hip-hop courtesy of DJ Clark Kent, while Large Professor chimes in as well in this vintage New Music Seminar footage from 1993.



Video: P.A.P.I. feat. Large Professor – Built Pyramids

Greater than great. This new Noreaga album is going to be official, based on this and that Funkmaster Flex session.



IIl Bill – Acid Reflux

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The Grimy Awards dropped this week, and to my ear it’s the best solo release from Ill Bill yet. This cut features Large Professor on production.

Update: Bill just hit me up to let it be know that there’ll be a video for this track in the near future.



Big Noyd, Large Professor & Kool G Rap – Naturally Born

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This has to be the first time that G Rap and Large Pro have shared microphone duties since “Money In The Bank.” Ayatollah on the beat, DJ Dutchmaster on the cut. Queens Reigns Supreme!



P.A.P.I feat. Large Professor – Built Pyramids

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NORE has reverted his rap name back to P.A.P.I and dropped a track with Large Pro in the process. Nice to hear him over a good beat again.

Tragedy Khadafi: Me and Capone wind-up meeting, and we started building on the concept of starting a group. I initially wanted him to be a solo artist, but he kept saying, ‘Yo, my man’s about to come home. His name is Papi, I wanna start a group with him’. From that point on, we started building the whole Capone-N-Noreaga thing.



Video: Large Professor – Barber Shop Chop
Thursday December 20th 2012,
Filed under: Flushing's Finest,Large Pro For Prez,Video Clips
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The Live Guy With Glasses visits his barber for a shape-up and swings past the now defunct Big City Records for this video for an instrumental track from Professor @ Large.



Video: Large Professor and Audible Doctor – Boom Bap Freestyle

The Live Guy With Glasses does his thing over a beat from Audible Doctor at the Mass Appeal CMJ event, who has a new instrumental LP dropping at the end of the month.