Main Source Will Perform Together For The First Time In 25 Years
It has been nearly 25 years since Large Professor left Main Source. In that time, the Queens, New York MC/producer/DJ has not worked with his breakthrough group, consisting of Toronto, Ontario brothers, K-Cut and Sir Scratch. That will be changing, as the Wild Pitch Records trio announced its first show since the early 1990s. On February 1, Main Source will reunite to perform a concert at New York City’s S.O.B.’s (Sounds of Brazil).
The concert coincides with a “Vinyl Me, Please” reissue of the trio’s 1991 debut, Breaking Atoms. That album is widely regarded as a Hip-Hop classic, thanks to single “Looking At The Front Door” and other Large Pro’ performances. His pupil, Nas, would make his music debut care of the song, “Live At The Barbeque.”
According to Stereogum, who reports the concert, the reissue will include color-in-color vinyl, a bonus 7″, gatefold 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.
While Large Professor would exit the group in the mid-1990s to begin a prominent solo career and mentorship of Nas, Akinyele, and others, Sir Scratch and K-Cut would replace their MC/producer with veteran Queens, New York battle MC Mikey D. Together, that trio released F*ck What You Think in 1994. Also on Wild Pitch, that album contains an early appearance from The L.O.X. (Sheek Louch and Jadakiss) and Shaqueen (aka Ma Barker).
Following F*ck What You Think, Sir Scratch and K-Cut would go on to produce and DJ for artists such as Big Pun, Choclair, and Maestro Fresh Wes. The Main Source name would remain retired, although Large Professor named his 2008 solo album as such.
In the last year, a number of 1990s Hip-Hop groups have reunited on stage and in the studio. Most notably, A Tribe Called Quest privately recorded We got it from Here…Thank You 4 your service last year. Upon release, and following the death of Phife Dawg, that Epic Records release would debut at #1. Additionally, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth revealed that they are recording their third group album (and first in 23 years) planned for 2017.
Furthermore, Puff Daddy with much of his former and current Bad Boy Records family toured the United States last year. A group associated with Large Professor, Eric B. & Rakim alluded to touring plans and a reunion following Eric B. tweets. Those reports were later denied by a rep from Rakim.
Large Professor has yet to comment on the reunion show publicly.