- 1st Class - ole-509 - 2002-10-08
Eric B & Rakim. Biz Markie's 'All Samples Cleared'. Pete Rock & CL Smooth's 'Mecca and the Soul Brother'. Nas's 'Illmatic' and 'Stillmatic'. Diamond D's 'Stunts, Blunts & Hip-hop'. Kool G Rap. Big Daddy Kane. A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. Rob Swift. The Beastie Boys. Roxanne Shante. Gang Starr. Main Source.
Sound familiar? Then you know Large Professor. Go ahead, check the credits. We'll wait.
Since high school student William Paul Mitchell broke in with Main Source as MC and producer, Extra P's been in demand. Think Lil' Bow Wow or Chi Ali was a prodigy? Hell, the Prof taught the real Prodigy -- the one out of Mobb Deep -- his way around a studio. And that was after he taught DJ Premier how to use his SP1200. A grateful Primo reciprocated, introducing LP to his record collection and brought Main Source to the attention of Wild Pitch.
Not impressed yet? Try this: at seventeen, going to school by day, LP spent his nights programming beats for Eric B & Rakim's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em. That led to a call to work on Kool G. Rap's Wanted Dead or Alive. And by that time his rep was already growing amongst those in the know: 15-year old Nasir Jones -- uh, NAS -- had already enrolled with the Professor.
If Extra P was as business-minded as some, he'd have an empire. But for him, the art's always come first; LP's dedicated to his vision of the pure hip-hop sound, and neither bad industry deals nor changing styles have affected his mission. Don't feel bad for LP, though, and don't write him off as old school: he's classic.
LP's sound is as timeless as hip-hop gets. A beat scientist of first order, no one gets more out a drum machine, and he serves up his beats garnished with just enough melody to keep things moving. P's a chef: his creations breathe. They get your head noddin' and let the MC do the rest.
Twelve years since Main Source's Breaking Atoms, he returns with '1st Class', and it's vintage Large Professor: 16 tracks of first-class beats that any other MC would kill for, featuring old friends Nas, Q-Tip, Akinyele and Busta Rhymes.
He's a gracious host: Large Producer's greatest gift has always been fitting the track around the featured MC. If you can't distinguish yourself over an LP track, you don't deserve to be in the game. That's not a problem for '1st Class''s visiting faculty.
Wrapped around a relaxed beat and a choral melody on "In the Sun", Tip hasn't sounded this comfortable since The Low End Theory. Nas returns to his Queensbridge roots on "Stay Chisel", but he's not the same old Nasty Nas ' this is the grown-up version; he and LP sit on the stoop, trading verses and telling stories. Akinyele joins in, but it's fitting that he gets his own beat -- he's leaning out the window, screaming, yelling and telling it his way. And Busta Rhymes takes his turn in "On", with a beat that's as frenetic as the dreadlocked MC.
One thing's for sure: you're not going to find another hip-hop album like it this year. And that's not just because Ja Rule's not on it, neither.
ï First single (Main Source's "Think" b/w "Atom") spun by Marley Marl & Pete Rock on 98.7 KISS FM.
ï Taught DJ Premier his way around an SP1200, passing on what LP had learned from Pete Rock. Primo introduced LP to vintage vinyl, and hooked Main Source up with Wild Pitch.
ï At 17, programmed the beats for Eric B & Rakim's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em -- high school by day, beats by night
ï Still in HS in Queens, got the call to work on Kool G Rap's Wanted Dead or Alive
ï Got Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Busta Rhymes -- among others -- more started in producing
ï Produced tracks for Akinyele, Slick Rick, Mobb Deep, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Beastie Boys
ï Produced tracks for other noted producers: Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Eric B & Rakim.
ï Recorded two albums of old school beat science for Geffen in the mid-90s, only two singles released ("Mad Scientist" and "Ijuswannachill").
Current Extracurricular Activities:
ï Produced six tracks for the upcoming Nas album 'God's Son' (Christmas)
ï Produced one track for the upcoming Busta Rhymes album (November)
ï Featured vocalist on upcoming Beatnuts album (October)
ï Featured vocalist and producer for the new Cormega album (out now)
ï Producer of the upcoming Akinyele album (2003)
ï Produced "XL" track on the current X-ecutioners album
ï Produced the upcoming Royal Flush album (2003)
ï Produced five tracks and featured vocalist on the upcoming Neek The Exotic album
|11/13/02 — Large Pro made his UK debut last weekend at London's packed 93 Feet East. He also managed to make appearances on XFM's "All City" program and visited Kiss FM, BBC's 1Xtra and chatted non-stop with dj's and journalists from all over Europe.
We're hopeful Large Professor will be taking the 'First Class' show on the road in 2003,but prior to that we're looking forward to a video for "Radioactive" which should be available for viewing on this site in the weeks ahead.
For more background on this pioneering artist, check out the Large Professor/Nas cover story in the latest issue of 'Mass Appeal'. Or, to find out for real why this hip hop legend is only getting started, you can hear areal audio stream of the Large Professor mix CD.
07/03/02 — Debut album '1st Class', coming in October
Over a year in the making, Matador is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the long-awaited solo full-length album from Large Professor, '1st Class'. The legendary producer/MC has delivered classic tracks since the late '80's, under his own name, in collaboration with others and as the one time voice behind Main Source...but this is the first official album from one of the genre's unsung innovators. '1st Class' is out October 8 and includes guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, Nas and Q-Tip.
06/07/02 — newly confirmed NYC date as we patiently await delivery of Large Pro's Matador full length debut LP/CD, the legendary MC/producer has confirmed a rare solo date at Manhattan's SOB's, Wednesday, June 19.
03/23/02 — Large Pro Live
at the WQMC Free For All, April 11, 2002, 8PM - 1AM at the Queens College Student Union 4th Floor Ballroom. Featuring: Large Professor, Juggaknots, Showoff, Cropduster, Mr. R, and Overzealous.
07/12/00 — 12" Series and Subsequent Compilation Revealed:
When scheduling a series of hip hop 12"es, could there possibly be a better title for it than “The Matador Hip Hop 12" Series?” Of course there could, but we’re a little too late for your second guessing. How about some of you geniuses out there give us a hand before it’s too late next time? Here’s how the beginning of this series breaks down:
|#1||Sensational — Party Jumpin’/Livin’ It Up|
|OLE-471 — 7/25/00|
|#2||Large Professor — It’s About That Time/Liveguy Saga|
|OLE-473 — 8/29/00|
|#3||Sensational — Beat Rhymes/Put It On|
|OLE-472 — 9/26/00|
|#4||Large Professor — TBA|
|OLE-474 — 10/31/00|
More titles to be announced at a later date. We’re planning on a compilation CD of all of the above, plus more material sometime in 2001.
05/25/00 — No titles yet, but Large Professor is busy mixing and finishing his first Matador single for release this summer. When we know more, so will you.
05/03/00 — We’re always saying things like “we’re thrilled to announce an upcoming record by ____” and it isn’t as though we’ve ever lied in the past. But the thrill meter just went into the red zone and damn busted into pieces. Later in 2000, Matador will be releasing a new 12" by Large Professor, the pioneering MC/producer who earned his legendary status way back when he was fronting Main Source. Along with production credits that include early stuff by Gangstarr, Nas, Eric B & Rakim, Roxanne Shante, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Chris Lowe and too many others, Large Professor has been busy with some new solo stuff, including recent live performances and a great 12" collaboration with Neek The Exotic (“Rhymemania ’99”) that came out on the Replay label last fall. He’s also been doing some production work on the upcoming Non Phixion ‘The Future Is Now’ full length. When we’ve got more details, titles, dates, etc., we’ll let you know.