Large Professor Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Gang Starr “Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot) (Remix)” (1992)

Album: “Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)”/”Flip The Script” 12 Inch

Label: Chrysalis

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “That was dope, because I think I’m the only one to remix a Gang Starr record. I might be wrong. We were all EMI at that time, and Rush Management was like, ‘We need you to do a Gang Starr remix.’ And they sent me the files. I remember that I just wanted my remix to be on some dark, cave shit, compared to the slick loop that Premier had. That’s how I tried to approach that. And it came out aiight. I remember I heard a Kid Capri tape, and he was cuttin’ it up, and I was like, ‘Yo, that’s crazy.’

 

Premier and Guru, those dudes, when we first started with Main Source and were getting out there, they were a step ahead. They already had ‘Manifest’ out there, and they were always a step ahead.

 

“Premier and Guru, those dudes—when we first started with Main Source and were getting out there—they were a step ahead. They already had ‘Manifest’ out there, and they were always a step ahead, and maintained that. They were business savvy, and they really knew what it was. I always had respect for their business and work ethic.

“Premier was a workaholic at that time, he was always working hard. One day, it just clicked for him. I think it was around the first Jeru The Damaja album, it was like, he figured something out. And he was getting ready to mass produce.

“I met those guys when they were both sharing a studio apartment up in the Bronx. Premier had all his records in boxes, and Guru was there living in the same spot. And they grew it to where it had to go. At the time [I did the remix] they were staying with Wynton Marsalis in Brooklyn.

“They were the perfect balance of work and skill. They had their business right, and they were still skillful and the art was right. When I first met Guru, he was doing the music, but he was also a social worker, doing that on the side. Guru was mad cool. He’s in my first video, ‘Watch Roger Do His Thing.’ I’m just honored to [have worked with them], and proud of them, how they fought after getting off Wild Pitch to get on Chrysalis.”

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