Main Source Are Joined By Pete Rock, Just Blaze & More For Their 25-Year Reunion (Video)
Last week (February 1), the founding three members of Hip-Hop group Main Source performed together for the first time in more than 25 years. Large Professor, as well as John Browne high school classmate, K-Cut, plus guest DJ Rashad Smith (of Bad Boy Records fame) blessed Lower Manhattan’s S.O.B.’s stages with a showing paying tribute to 1991 LP, Breaking Atoms. That album would not only introduce the world to the supreme rapping and album overseeing of Large Professor, but prove to be a pivotal introduction for Nas, as well as Akinyele.
Sadly, with the exception of “Fakin’ The Funk” from the White Men Can’t Rap soundtrack compilation in 1992, the album marked the end of the classic lineup. Scratch and K-Cut held the name and assumed all production duties, with Mikey D replacing Large Professor on the microphone for 1994’s Main Source swan song, F*ck What You Think.
Many contemporaries and disciples of Main Source and Large Pro’ came out to the historic Hip-Hop event. In a video captured by YouTube user Satchel Page, Heads can see Pete Rock (who is credited with co-production on “Vamos A Rapiar”) as well as Just Blaze cross the stage. Meanwhile, Extra P delivers his verse from track 2, video single “Just Hangin’ Out.”
The event came in celebration of a special edition re-release of the Wild Pitch Records LP. From Vinyl Me Please, this “25th anniversary release” contains color-in-color vinyl, a bonus 7″, gate-fold packaging, a foreword from Pharoahe Monch, a 12-page lyric booklet, and an original art print.
“I was totally blown away by the album as a whole. At that moment in 1991, I knew immediately that I was listening to an instant classic,” Monch wrote as part of his forward. He would work with Large Professor (care of Organized Konfusion) at that time.
Hannah Brooks of the Vinyl Me Please record club wrote about the event for Junk Host. Brooks details that The Beatnuts’ JuJu, Lord Finesse, Buckwild, Marco Polo, and Lost Boyz’ Mr. Cheeks were in attendance, as well as another Breaking Atoms guest, Joe Fatal. She interviewed the band-mates and others. “[Sir Scratch and I, as well as Large Professor each] had to find a path to jump back on that [Main Source] path,” K-Cut said. “We were both at the age where we were trying to [establish ourselves]. You know, Paul was working. I was trying to figure out what I was doing. I was trying to get work so when the train falls off the path, you gotta find that path. It was like years later; it was right to jump on that path. We connected I think it was 2005 or 2006. It was like, ‘Yo, what up?’”
It is unclear at this time if Main Source will continue to perform together. Vinyl Me Please decided on Breaking Atoms as its February “Record of the Month” feature. Reportedly, former Beatminerz member Baby Paul (an accomplished producer for Nas, AZ, and others in his own right) was key to helping organize the reunion and LP re-release.
Yesterday (February 7), it was announced that another 1990s one-album collective, the original lineup of Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith, Dan The Automator, DJ QBert) will be making its first on stage appearances next month.