Main Source “Fakin’ the Funk” (1992)

Album: White Men Can’t Rap EP (OST)

Label: EMI

Producer: Main Source

Large Professor: “Coming from where I knew hip-hop, where everyone would go hang out at the guy’s house with the turntables, everybody getting their scratch on, that’s what hip-hop was to me. Everyone showing love and getting busy. So when I got into the music industry, and saw that people were not getting their record played because of their skill, but it was because someone paid some money and some political shit, it took me by storm. Being a young dude, coming up and seeing this, I didn’t know. So I was like, ‘Aiight, that’s the politics of the game.’ That was my introduction to the politics.

 

We used to listen to the Moe Dee tape, when he’s going at Busy Bee, like, ‘’Cause you’re fakin’ the funk...’ We just used that term, and kept that moving. We were just surprised that the industry was as crazy and corrupt as it was.

 

“Being so young and innocent, that shit just came straight out of my heart. It’s like, ‘Yo, dudes is fakin’ the funk.’ And that’s an old [Kool] Moe Dee term. We used to listen to the Moe Dee tape, when he’s going at Busy Bee, like, ‘’Cause you’re fakin’ the funk...’ We just used that term, and kept that moving. We were just surprised that the industry was as crazy and corrupt as it was.

“Neek [who is also on the record though only credited on the remix] originally used to come to K-Cut and Sir Scratch’s house. He used to roll with me over there, then he just stopped rollin’. And Breaking Atoms came out, and Neek would be like, ‘Aiight, the album's out. No doubt.’ And I would see Neek, and I was like, ‘Yo, what’s up? I’m getting ready to go through to the studio for this soundtrack shit. Why don’t you come through and jump on a joint with us?’ And he came through [and got on it].

“Yo, it’s crazy, my Pops, that song and ‘Baseball’ being in Boyz n the Hood, he would always sit there and beam with pride. He’d be like, ‘Yo, your song gettin’ ready to come on in the movie.’ In Boyz n the Hood it’s where they’re on Crenshaw, and the dude lets off the Tec, and Ice Cube and all of them get up outta there—you can hear it playing. And then, yeah, in White Men Can’t Jump, it’s when Wesley Snipes is in the car [pulling in to where he’s meeting a client for work].”