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Main Source

Extremely significant for 1991's Breaking Atoms alone, Main Source's effect on hip-hop is nearly impossible to gauge, especially when considering Large Professor and K-Cut's contributions outside of the group. Consisting of MC/producer Large Professor (born Paul Mitchell) and twin DJs/producers K-Cut (born Kevin McKenzie) and Sir Scratch, the New York group came together in 1989 and debuted on Wild Pitch with Breaking Atoms -- an undeniably classic album, regardless of its field -- two years later. The group's production work, combined with Large Professor's masterful wordplay (from the brilliant baseball analogies drawn throughout the police brutality-themed "Just a Friendly Game of Baseball," to the disheartening romantic strife depicted in "Looking at the Front Door"), set a standard. While Gang Starr's DJ Premier is commonly heralded as a groundbreaking sampler and beatmaker, it was Large Professor and K-Cut who schooled him on how to master the SP1200. Not only that, but Breaking Atoms' "Live at the Barbeque" helped establish the careers of both Akinyele and Nas.

Large Professor left the group due to financial issues and began to concentrate on production work. K-Cut and Sir Scratch continued the group and installed MC Mikey D. for 1994's F*ck What You Think. Though it hardly holds a candle to Breaking Atoms (to be fair, it would've been tough to build on that record, even with Large Professor's presence), the album was hardly an artistic failure, but it came and went without much notice. Without their greatest weapon, the group's second go-round wasn't given much of a chance. It didn't help that it took three years to reach fruition. Meanwhile, Large Professor was racking up production credits for Eric B. & Rakim, Akinyele, Mobb Deep, Nas, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. He didn't make his proper solo debut until 2002, with the disappointing 1st Class. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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hicity101
kinda incosistant if you ask me the bio here says large p left for financial reasons but if you click on 1st class the bio says he left for creative reasons
From Memphis Tn: A friendly game of baseball is real hip hop best record ever
Dope beats
A true MC
flashtaroza
Snake eyes, just hangin out, Lookin at the front door, B side He got so much soul, he dont need no music
One of my fav...mc's
Love music like
Love main source especially live at the bbq with Nas
Word up
anthony.blue 8
Hampton U via early 90's. Damn I miss this sound.
Real Mc's can feel this
this song is the s**t!
INDEED...REA L HIP HOP...
Can u say...Supert i m b s and triple fat goose?.....
These new cats need to learn how rhyme like Main Source!
Real hip-hop!!!!
Been bumping this joint for awhile and just love it! Quit FAKIN THE FUNK!!!
dionne018
Main Source's 'Lookin At The Front Door' was the bomb!
I prefer this over mainstream!
jeanjacque3
memories of listening to Main Source, K-Solo (Fugitive), & EPMD in the campus dormitories with new found friends, freshman year 1990! Hip Hop may never reach that peak again.
Looking at tha front door was my joint, but tha beat ,melody on this joint had my head blown!!...
Saw Large Professor in concert late last year in NYC..your man still got it. Looking at the Front Door--CLASSI C ! ! ! ! REAL HIP HOP
pure 90's
large proffessor was the man real hiphop never gets dated classic album all others rollin snake eyes
edmitch21
tru hip hop - dont get no better -- block party music
nicolelajohn s o n _ 2 2
I LOVE THIS SONG!!!
adamsdsa8
Main Source, Eric B.& Rakim is the direction that HIP HOP should have gone and not this stuff we have today!!!
doom22
hey pradoy..i culdnt have said it better myself..when fakin the funk just came on i was fleded w so many awesum memories of my high skool day..best time of my life! 80s and 90s rap and hip hop plays such a huge role in my life and who i am today
pradoy
Hip-Hop today doesn't speak to me like it did in late eighties through the early ninties. Maybe it's because I am older, but the reality is Hip-Hop today is full of garbage crap based on no substance. It all sounds alike and who is working now adays to take hip-hop to another creative level, Kanye, please!!!
ah n**ga 42 yrs old that was my error of music theres nothing like old school
this is true hip hop and this n**gas put it down I live in the old school error
musically because that time of music was exciting todays rap music lacks skill
and creativity if u got a bullshit gimmic u n there u vanilla ice a** n**gas
The good ol days people, when Hip-Hop was still growing and expanding, virtually free from the grip of monetary cancer.
aishabnks
tHis is hip-hop for real. I had a crush on Large Profesor.
rawvibes
a must have for the classic collectors
real hip-hop
classic m.c.

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