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

Main Source “How My Man Went Down In The Game” (1992)

Album: Wild Pitch Classics (released in 1994)

Label: Wild Pitch

Producer: Main Source

Large Professor: “I used that for a Biz [Markie] record too. That was kind of like the craze, when someone would find an ill sample and everyone would hop on it. That was the loop of that time, like, ‘Yo, that loop is crazy.’ I looped it up, but this is before [Kool G. Rap’s ‘Ill Street Blues’ came out]. I took pride in, ‘Yo, I rocked it first.’ That was my thing. I definitely [would fall back on using a sample if I heard someone else use it before me].

“That was me working after Breaking Atoms. I got real heavy into production, and the guy in the studio was like, ‘Yo, I’m just gonna give you a whole bunch of time. Just come in and work.’ So that song came out of that.

 

[I wasn’t mad when Trackmasters made ‘Ill Street Blues’] because we were all going to the same record conventions... Once it was discovered that there was something on a record, it just caught wildfire all over.

 

“That was just me being a young dude, and searching for who I was. Dudes taking different paths, dudes already married, this dude is having a kid. Just putting some wild shit out there. [Laughs.] It’s funny to me, man, when I listen to it. It marks that time to me. It’s not like a ‘Front Door’ that still resonates. It’s like, ‘Aiight, I was young.’ [Laughs.] That’s not a song I would be trying to perform. That’s one of those time-capsule songs like, ‘Aiight, that’s the shit you was on.’

“[I wasn’t mad when Trackmasters made ‘Ill Street Blues’] because we were all going to the same record conventions, so if it was like, ‘Yo, you got this loop?’ It was easy for someone to just buy a copy. Once it was discovered that there was something on a [particular] record, it just caught wildfire all over.

“That was a nice scene [those record conventions]. It was records, and it was digging, and B-Boys, beats playing loud. Kool Herc would be in there [and other legendary hip-hop figures]. That was crazy.”

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