Large Pro - Main Source

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With MP3's and ringtone rap, fewer listeners are willing to prepare a 5-course meal when they can be fed with the click of a button. But whether or not this LP will be fully appreciated by today's audience, it doesn't change the fact this is a great album

Few seasoned Hip Hop fans would ever put up a fight if you claimed Main Source's Breaking Atoms was in the top 10 all-time. Along with fraternal DJ duo K-Cut and Sir Scratch, Large Professor [click to read], crafted a timeless classic in 1991. It was an album that formed a foundation upon which the next few years of the golden era would build upon. But when Extra P went solo, the Canadian deejays kept the name and replaced the producer/emcee with Mikey D, a man not exactly in P's class. With their F**k What You Think eventually shelved by Wild Pitch, it is Paul Mitchell's turn to take the name and restore it.

Main Source is Large Pro's first album since 2002's 1st Class, and with The LP being eternally shelved (but oft-bootlegged), it is only his second solo album in nearly two decades. What he lacks in efficiency, he makes up for in quality. Like a five-star chef using only the finest ingredients, Extra P serves up exquisite full course meals. "The Entrance" [click to listen], kicks the album off with layered samples and drives P to rhyme like a man 20 years his junior. His original Queens recipe gets a 2008 twist on "Hot: Sizzling, Scorching, Torching, Blazing." Anyone of those adjectives describes the song sufficiently.