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

Kool G Rap and DJ Polo f/ Large Professor, Freddie Foxxx, and Ant Live “Money In The Bank” (1990)

Album: Wanted: Dead or Alive

Label: Cold Chillin’/WarnerBrothers

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “When I was getting up with Pete Rock, he gave me those drums, the same drums from ‘The Symphony.’ He had that 45. I would go up to Mount Vernon all the time, and Pete was like, ‘Yo, these drums right here [are dope].’ So I was like, ‘Yo, can I rock those drums?’ So I sampled up the drums, and threw the bassline in there. That’s why I shouted Pete Rock out on [the song], ‘cause he hooked me up with the drums.

 

G Rap and Rakim... they would book time, and dudes would just go in there. But Rakim, he was more like a monk. He would need the whole universe to be still [before he would come through].

 

“Then, when I played the beat in the studio, G was like, ‘Yeah, that shit is tough right there. We need to hook that up.’ I think this was at the end of the session we were in. So he was like, ‘Yo, tomorrow [let’s work on it].’ So that night, I wrote a rhyme to it just in case. I typed up a rhyme. I had a word processor that I typed all my joints on. So I typed it up, and I was ready.

“The next day, he was like, ‘Yo, play that beat that you had on yesterday.’ So I played it, and he was sitting there getting ready to write. And I was like, ‘Yo, I got a verse for this already.’ So he was like, ‘Word? Go say your shit!’

“So I said it, but I was mad nervous, because G Rap is [that dude]. Still is. And at first it was really just me and him in there. So I came out of the booth, and he was like, ‘Yeah, that shit is aiight!’ He had never heard me rap, and he kept playing it back.

“So then [Freddie] Foxx came through, because that’s how a G Rap session would be back then. It would be the Paid In Full Posse kind of thing, where everyone would just come through the studio. It was kind of a toss up between G Rap and Rakim. They would book time, and dudes would just go in there. But Rakim, he was more like a monk. He would need the whole universe to be still [before he would come through]. [Laughs.]

“A normal Wanted: Dead Or Alive session would have Foxxx coming through a lot, because he was working on his first solo album that Eric B. executive produced. But it was normal for Hot Day, and Supreme, and all the Paid In Full Posse to be there.

“So Foxxx came through, and heard my verse, and was like, ‘We should call this shit ‘Catch A Body.’ And everybody was like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ On my verse, I’m like, ‘I catch a body from wreckin’ slum rappers.’ But then I threw the ‘Money in the Bank’ sample in there, and he was like, ‘Nah, [call it] ‘Money in the Bank’! So I had to add my next couple of lines on.

“So Foxxx jumped on, and said his shit. Then G Rap was done by that time, and he went in. Then Ant Live came in later, and he had been messing around with rhyming a little bit on the low. He’s Eric B.’s brother. So he comes in the studio, and he’s chillin’, and then he’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m gonna say something to this.” And G was like, ‘Go ahead!’ You know, G Rap, that’s a cool dude. He’s real cool like that. And that was it.

“No, [we never performed that all together]. That would be crazy though. [Laughs.]

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