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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
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Track List: F**k What You Think (Explicit)

1. Diary Of The Hitman

2. Only The Real Survive

3. What You Need

4. Merrick Boulevard

5. Down Low

6. Intermision

7. Where We're Coming From

8. Hellavision

9. F**k What You Think

10. Set It Off

11. Scratch & Cut 94

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Track List: Breaking Atoms

1. Snake Eyes

2. Just Hangin' Out

3. Looking At The Front Door

4. Large Professor

5. Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball

6. Scratch & Kut

7. Peace Is Not The Word To Play

8. Vamos A Rapier

9. He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music)

10. Live At The Barbeque

11. Watch Roger Do His Thing

12. Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball (Bonus Version)

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Hip hop group
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Classic Album
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Dope
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michaelrocks 6 8
This track is boring.
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Baa Baa baaa Baa baaa....
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Classic track memories of senior year 91. Great usage of the master Donald Byrd`s Think Twice!!!!
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Watch Roger do his thing was the music video that introduced me to Main Source! Been down w them since!!! True Hip Hop!!!!
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Looking at the front door is still one of my fav cuts 25 yrs later.
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This CD wasn't the same without tha Pro!!!
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Rhymes, Production, Message! Nice
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Serious get high music!!!
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Mainsource Large Pro,K-Kut & Sir Scratch lets Break Mo' Atoms!! One more time!
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Looking @ the front door described my marriage in a nut shell
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tyroneturner 1 0 3
Looking @ the front door set it off 4 me in 89,peace 2 lp.
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Riding down 18th ave. on my brothers 250 Honda scooter...hu h huh!!
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NEVER FAKE THA FUNK.......
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mdreese21
Word
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HIP hop music Whats up Mikey D
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info491797
..BREAKIN' ATOMS !

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U treat me like a burned piece Bacon
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Large professor wow another nice mc
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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
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From Memphis Tn: A friendly game of baseball is real hip hop best record ever
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Dope beats
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A true MC
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flashtaroza
Snake eyes, just hangin out, Lookin at the front door, B side He got so much soul, he dont need no music
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One of my fav...mc's
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Love music like
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Love main source especially live at the bbq with Nas
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Word up
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anthony.blue 8
Hampton U via early 90's. Damn I miss this sound.
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Real Mc's can feel this
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this song is the s**t!
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INDEED...REA L HIP HOP...
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Can u say...Supert i m b s and triple fat goose?.....
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These new cats need to learn how rhyme like Main Source!
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Real hip-hop!!!!
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Been bumping this joint for awhile and just love it! Quit FAKIN THE FUNK!!!
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dionne018
Main Source's 'Lookin At The Front Door' was the bomb!
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I prefer this over mainstream!
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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.
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Looking at tha front door was my joint, but tha beat ,melody on this joint had my head blown!!...
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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
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pure 90's
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large proffessor was the man real hiphop never gets dated classic album all others rollin snake eyes
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edmitch21
tru hip hop - dont get no better -- block party music
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nicolelajohn s o n _ 2 2
I LOVE THIS SONG!!!
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adamsdsa8
Main Source, Eric B.& Rakim is the direction that HIP HOP should have gone and not this stuff we have today!!!
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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
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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!!!
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