Posts Tagged ‘main source’

Take It Personal – Episode 22 (Classic Material)

Friday, January 26th, 2018

On episode 22 we’re joined by hip-hop historian, journalist and Boston native Dart Adams, as we discuss, dissect and disagree what makes a classic hip-hop album. Are there modern day classics? Are the standards different these days? Speaking of classics, we got a few from Redman, Main Source, K-Solo, Big Daddy Kane, Outkast, Rakim, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Double XX Posse, Da Youngsta’s, Smif-N-Wessun, Big L, Ill Al Skratch, plus some new music from both Planet Asia and Evidence. Thank you for tuning in, we know you’re gonna love this one. Fly, Eagles, Fly!



The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V4

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Installment number 4, more to come. Stay tunned.
** dirt_dog on the covers


01. Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk
02. Chi-Ali – Funky Lemonade
03. Casual – Follow The Funk
04. WC And The Maad Circle – Get Up On That Funk
05. Cypress Hill – The Phuncky Feel One
06. Godfather Don – Ill Funk Freaker
07. Heavy D & The Boyz – Chunky But Funky (Remix)
08. Digital Underground – Nuttin’ Nis Funky
09. Big 50 – Funk Flow
10. Funky Trend – Funky Commercial Break
11. Funkdoobiest – The Funkiest
12. Whodini – Five Minutes Of Funk

Sweet 16’s

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Satchel Page teams up with Legends: Neek The Exotic, Mikey D, Sadat X, & Large Professor. Produced by Ayatollah

— Thomas V


Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

(of Organized Konfusion)

01. Intro
02. M.C. Outloud- I’ll Put A Hurten’
03. Phase & Rhythm- Hyperactive
04. Eric B & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em
05. Ultramagnetic MC’s- A Chorus Line
06. M.C. Tatiana- Mission To Rock (Scratches done by Paul C!)
07. G. Dane – Coolest Of The Cool
08. Phase & Rhythm- Brainfood
09. Sport G & Mastermind- live
10. Marauder & The Fury- Get Loose Mother Goose
11. Two Shades Of Black- Surrender
12. Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud-Do The James
13. Main Source- Think
14. Queen Latifah & The 45 King- A King And Queen Creation
15. Stezo- Girl Trouble
16. Disco Twins & Star Child- There It Is
17. Grand Master Caz- Casanova’s Rap
18. The Rangers- Jacks On Crack
19. Double Dose- Envious
20. Interlude
21. The Heartbeat Brothers- Bring In The Bassline
22. Mic Profesah- Cry For Freedom
23. Double Delight & DJ Slice Nice- Party Jump
24. Rappers On A Mission- S.O.L.O.
25. Princess Ivori- CrackPipe (changed it all)
26. Ultimate Choice- You Can’t Front (We Will Rock you)
27. Live N Effect Posse- I’m Getting Physical
28. Outro

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Props to DJ Kid Grebo for continuing to keep Paul’s music alive with these dope mixes.

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S.O.U.L. Samples

Monday, June 15th, 2009

S.O.U.L. is an obscure early 70s funk group that released some of the absolute dopest tracks from that era. They recorded two albums in between the years of 1971 and 1973: “What Is It” and “Can You Feel It”. From what I can gather, they disbanded shortly after the release of their second album, so unfortunately, their entire catalog contains less than 20 tracks. Producers that have sampled S.O.U.L. include Pete Rock, Marley Marl, The Large Professor, The Jungle Brothers, MF Doom, etc.

S.O.U.L. – Samples
1. S.O.U.L. – Burning Spear
2. Organized Konfusion – Releasing Hypnotical Gases
3. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Go With The Flow
4. S.O.U.L. – Soul
5. Slick Rick – A Letter
6. Jungle Brothers – In Dayz 2 Come
7. Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk
8. S.O.U.L. – Piece Of Mind
9. Craig G – What You’re Used To
10. Main Source – Peace Is Not The Word To Play
11. S.O.U.L. – Message From A Black Man
12. MF Doom – Sarsaparilla (Instrumental)


S.O.U.L. – Burning Spear

S.O.U.L. – Soul

S.O.U.L. – Piece Of Mind

S.O.U.L. – Message From A Black Man

–Roy Johnson

DJ Mighty Mi – Large Professor Megamix (45:41)

Monday, June 8th, 2009

DJ Mighty Mi (The High & Mighty) – Large Professor Megamix (45:41) (2003)

1 Kool G Rap & D.J. Polo – Bad To The Bone (Radio Remix)
2 Jaz, The – Hypocritters
3 Main Source – Peace Is Not The Word To Play
4 Nas – Rewind
5 Mad Skillz – Extra Abstract Skillz
Featuring – Large Professor , Q-Tip
6 Organized Konfusion – Stress (Remix)
7 Slick Rick – It’s A Boy (Remix)
8 Gang Starr – Gotta Get Over (Takin Loot) (Remix)
9 Tragedy – Da Funk Mode
10 Kool G Rap & D.J. Polo – Money In The Bank
Featuring – Large Professor
11 Common – Resurrection / Resurrection ’95
12 Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix)
13 Main Source – Atom
14 Roxanne Shanté – Brothers Ain’t Shit
15 Apache – Hey Girl
16 Kool G Rap & D.J. Polo – Wanted Dead Or Alive
17 Akinyele – No Exit


Mixed using ORIGINAL VINYL!!! Don’t Believe Me? Ask Shaun D.

— Thomas V

Neek The Exotic – Non-Album Tracks (1992-1999)

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Between the years of 1992 and 1999, Neek The Exotic ripped pretty much all of his verses to shreds. Here’s a compilation that I put together with all of his known recordings from that time period. I’d like to know what he was doing in between the years of 1994 and 1997, as there is nothing listed in his discogs profile. Also, he is credited w/ the second verse on the Large Professor track “Spacey”, but as far as my ears can tell, that ain’t Neek.

Neek The Exotic – Non-Album Tracks (1992-1999)

1. Fakin’ The Funk w/ Main Source

2. Fakin’ The Funk w/ Main Source (Yo! MTV Raps)

3. Pee-Nile Reunion Verse (Acapella)

4. Pee-Nile Reunion Verse

5. Rip ‘Em Flip ‘Em

6. Exotic Is Raw

7. Rock The Mic

8. Real Hip Hop

9. Backs N Necks

10. Muthafuckin’ Man

11. Hardcore w/ Large Professor

12. Rhymemania 99 w/ Large Professor

13. Pump Ya Fist

14. Everything’s Real

15. Fakin’ The Funk w/ Main Source (Slight Remix)


Fakin’ The Funk (Yo! MTV Raps)

Pee-Nile Reunion (Verse)

Rip ‘Em Flip ‘Em

Exotic Is Raw

Real Hip Hop

–Roy Johnson

Tri-Pack Wafer: Three Times Dope, Main Source, Gang Starr

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I hope one of his peoples could hook him up with a tri-pack/ That’s three different flavors/ Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry wafers” – MF Doom, “Kookies”
Three Times Dope “Increase The Peace” from Original Stylin’

Main Source “Peace Is Not The Word To Play” from Breaking Atoms

Gang Starr “Soliloquy Of Chaos” from Daily Operation

Download All Three Tracks + 2 Bonuses (“Peace Is Not The Word to Play” Video Remix, S.O.U.L.  “Peace Of Mind”)
Call me cynical, but a plea for peace  in the form of a rap song sounds wiser and more sincere when coming from an individual. “Self-Destruction” has a slamming beat and “We’re All In The Same Gang” is, err, well-intended, but the “We Are The World” vibe of both cuts leaves me cold. Crowded in-your-face issue songs age poorly, and feel heavy-handed, simplistic, and maudlin in retrospect. The fleeting, pedantic verses and sloganeering choruses are better fitted for unintentionally hilarious PSAs destined for YouTube cult status.
I loather to wander into the eternal debate over whether or not artists should feel obligated to indulge in proscriptive propaganda. However, I find myself drawn to songs that describe the nearly unintelligible sense of helplessness when one lives in fear of getting got. I can recount dozens that accurately depict the frustration attached to living righteously in a degenerate milieu. The best ones comment further on the unfounded but understandable sense of superiority one feels when examining the life decisions made by those embroiled in the street life.
Such efforts feel appreciably human, and their messengers seem that much more likable. Rapped responses to social disorder are typically unsatisfying as policy recommendations but supremely superb as songs. Few citizens are equipped to dole out nightly vigilante justice or work proactively to alleviate the root causes of crime. It is thus refreshing to know that my favorite musical genre rarely shies away from engaging current events in explicit but creative ways. Critics of rap who remain horrified at the genre’s fixation on violence routinely fail to share my appreciation, but that’s another discussion for another time.
Main Source’s “Peace Is Not The Word To Play” is every bit an intellectual exercise as any rap song revered by the literati. The bespectacled rapping producer Large Professor flips not only the music of his sample source but also the theme of said record. He engages in virtuosic observational wordplay, invoking multiple uses of the word and its homophones at every turn. But the song’s brainy approach does not distract from its core of torment. Large Pro decries the reduction of the peace sign and greeting to a ubiquitous yet morbidly ironic reminder that the post-D.A.I.S.Y. times are fucked the fucked up. His exasperation at man’s indecency and hypocrisy is tangible.
EST of Three Times Dope is similarly bewildered by the situation in his native Philadelphia, which in the late ’80s and early ’90s boasted a murder rate three times as high as New York City. The self-proclaimed “greatest man alive” is decidedly less avuncular than Large Pro, opting to speak to his audience more as a streetwise everyman than a neighborhood activist. His instructions are simple: sit back and soak in his pragmatic yet flavorful message of brotherhood. It’s hard to take issue with his reasoning. The song’s laid back vibe can win you over, as if designed to tranquilize, and the choice to sample two slain peace lovers (Marvin Gaye and Martin Luther King, Jr.) is mighty clever.
Guru never eschews soapbox speechifying, but “Soliloquy of Chaos” is a change of pace nonetheless. His commentary focuses narrowly on the type of violence that erupts at rap shows. He expresses concern and outrage without breaking character or resorting to a reactionary anti-youth pose. Much like EST, he appeals to common sense and shared values to champion peaceful living, suggesting that violence only succeeds in ruining a good time. Like Large Pro, he registers just enough disgust at knuckleheads to seem authoritative, and one is inclined to take his plea seriously. While I doubt that these songs actually stop career hoodlums from mixing it up, they remain relevant to those of us who have no choice but to navigate our living spaces with caution and restraint while the usually suspected unseen forces and trends do what they do. 
And they’re really, really dope.  — Thun
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An Infamous Genealogy, Pt. 1

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Main Source “Snake Eyes”
Main Source “Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball”
A Tribe Called Quest “Midnight”
Mobb Deep “Peer Pressure” (Large Professor Remix)
Mobb Deep’s musical genealogy is a crucial guide to comprehending and appreciating their masterful sophomore LP, The Infamous. The album is one of hip hop’s bastard children: it is typically evaluated in isolation from its forbearers. Like so many so-called “gangsta” rappers, the group’s lyrics have been read as literal autobiographical exposés and unthinking advocacies of merciless criminal activity. Don’t believe the hype. In reducing Mobb’s rhymes to caricaturish doggerel, while presuming dark soundscapes  to signify anger and nothing else, critics underestimate the duo’s musical and poetic aptitude, and their willingness to incorporate influences from outside of their immediate frames of reference.
Havoc and Prodigy make extensive use of poetic stylization. Their take on reality is comprised of an unlikely yet compelling admixture of cartoonish violent escapism, detached reportage, bleak apocalyptic lamentation, and (occasionally) serene reflection. Their economical, blustery rhymes resound over menacing tracks. The notion that this style arose spontaneously from the oblivion of primitive rage is misguided. To disprove it, one must simply take note of the accelerated artistic growth that undoubtedly occurred in the years after the release of their forgettable debut, Juvenile Hell.
Mobb Deep grew into their sound, with help. The Infamous exceeds the sum of an exaggerated Queensbridge upbringing by virtue of its pedigree alone. The mentorship of Large Professor and Q-Tip (hailing from the far flung corners of the Q-borough in the respective sections of Flushing and Jamaica) gives rise to Mobb Deep’s superior sophomore reincarnation. The family tree provides ample evidence. Q-Tip and Large Pro are bonded by their work on Illmatic, the debut album of Queensbridge rap prodigy, Nas. Prior to that, Large Pro contributed counsel and work behind the boards (acknowledged in shout-outs, liner notes, and interviews) to A Tribe Called Quest’s third album, the nearly universally acclaimed Midnight Marauders. 
In fact, as a bonafide student-teacher who came up in the studio under the tutelage of the legendary Paul C. McKasty, Large Pro’s reputation as a mentor to up and coming Queens artists was already solidified by the time he added his touches to Marauders. It can be accurately stated that Large Pro mentored Q-Tip in the art of mentorship. A godfather of sorts to a second wave of Queens-based artists that were raised on Run DMC and the Juice Crew, Large Pro convened “Live At The BBQ,” the famous posse cut from Main Source’s debut Breaking Atoms that features the world premieres of Nas and Akinyele. 
Large Pro continued to nurture budding talent throughout the ’90s, and in fact his involvement with Mobb Deep actually predates his work with A Tribe Called Quest. He remixed “Peer Pressure” from their maligned debut, as well as “Funk Mode,” a 1993 song by Tragedy the Intelligent Hoodlum (now widely acknowledged to be an influence on Nas, as well as an early mentor to Capone N’ Noreaga) that features a verse from Havoc. Although never given an official name like the Native Tongues, this extended family of Queens-based hip hop artists ritually transmitted professional and musical expertise from one generation to the next. 
In addition to advice about the biz or pointers on production, the elders provided the up and comers with a sophisticated approach to penning suggestive, creative lyrics that augment the chilly moodiness that emanates from so much sample-laden hip hop music. Many of the themes covered on Infamous and later Mobb albums—including literal and figurative warfare, emotional and physical suffering, and artistic and racial double-consciousness—are also famously tackled throughout the discographies of Tribe and Main Source. 
On “Midnight,” where Q-Tip’s employment of differing perspectives within a single song and use of bassy, menacing samples anticipates Mobb Deep’s shifting commentaries on the street life and their famously dark sound. Mobb Deep’s penchant for coldly ironic allegory is reminiscent of Large Pro’s cautionary depiction of life as a sky-high stakes game of cee-lo on “Snake Eyes.” In the anti-cop “Just a Friendly Game of Baseball,” Large Pro delivers his extended metaphor with stoic clarity over a devastating break that also appears on Tribe’s “If the Papes Come” remix from the same year. These characters will reappear later on The Infamous as potentially deadly forces that must be undermined and avoided.
In future installments, I’ll examine the “demo” or “rough draft” recordings Mobb Deep made prior to the release of  Infamous,  examine Q-Tip’s involvement in recording process,  and chart their evolution  into a group whose signature sound and world view represents an innovative departure from its primary influences. — Thun

Main Source – Lost Science

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Main Source demos that were originally recorded for their unreleased 2nd album “The Science.” It was released about 2 months ago as a limited pressing by Diggers With Gratitude. The demos were given to DWG by K-Cut as he originally played them on a Canadian radio show which you can find here.

Here’s information on the tracks:

“Bootlegging” – Large Pro takes on the role of the bootlegger on this lost gem, check the horns, this one features on “Lungbutters”.

“Raise Up” – “The Science” was going to be constructed of a bunch of ‘Interlude’ style tracks – this is one of them.

“Time (alternative mix)” – early demo version of the track recently unearthed for a Japanese only release on P-Vine/Actual Records.

Note: The Lost Science EP didn’t hit the blogsphere yet so you will probably see it on a few blogs within a few hours. If they don’t give us credit, they probably jacked our link, but we can only take that as a form of flattery, right?

This is also my first vinyl rip so be on the look out for a few rarities in the future.

— Thomas V