Large Professor Names His Top 5 Producers & Details Rakim’s Recording Process (Video)

Large Professor recently released his new album titled Re: Living. He joined the Sway in the Morning show to discuss the album and his career, generally.

The conversation between Extra P and Sway begins on the subject of P’s new album. He explains that after touring, he returned to Queens and began to reflect on some of the events of his life. As he began to re-live moments like working with Nas, listening to music with his parents and coming of age in the music industry, he decided to capture it all on an album.

As the interview continues, Sway asks which MC Large Pro believes impacted his career the most (7:15). While many might assume the answer to be Nas, Large Professor says, without hesitation, that it was Slick Rick. He cites Rick as the MC who actually inspired him to start rapping, after hear Rick and Doug E. Fresh’s “The Show.” He goes on to mention Rakim, Biz Markie, Nas and others, but affirms Rick was the most influential. At this juncture, he also details what it’s like to be with Rakim in the studio (8:00).

Halfway through the conversation, Sway asks the venerable MC/producer to name his Top 5 producers. Again, with no delay, Large Pro reels off a who’s who list of names that consists of 45 King, Easy Mo Bee, Marley Marl, Rick Rubin and DJ Premier, and he adds Pete Rock as a bonus.

Near the end of the talk, Sway mentions the Main Source classic, “Just a Friendly Game of Baseball,” which uses a game of baseball as a metaphor for police brutality. Extra P details the story behind how the song was created, and laments just how relevant it continues to be, in light of the recent spate of deaths of black men at the hands of the police. Check out the video.

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