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

Main Source “Looking At The Front Door” (1991)

Album: Breaking Atoms

Label: Wild Pitch/EMI

Producer: Main Source

Large Professor: “That’s when I was still writing rhymes in high school. It was a combination of a lot of things, man. Girl problems, crazy stuff. I just put it together.

 

As I go on in life, I think more and more about what that song is really about, and it’s really too deep. That’s a deep record. At that time in life, I was eighteen years old. It was a kid with a pure heart, just writing, and putting his soul out there for the world.

 

“I had the beat, and it was just a loop. We were going in to Libra Digital [Studios], just adding little pieces and bits. And it was a few sessions, everything didn’t just come together right there. I remember one session, I did the vocals, and everything was there. But in the beginning, when the beat was playing, and the bass line came in, [I heard the vocal sample keep playing in my head]. And they were like, ‘Why you keep saying that?’ And I was like, ‘Yo, watch.’ Then the next session I threw that shit in there, and they were like, ‘Oh shit! That’s kinda crazy.’ It came together. It was a nice song.

“As I go on in life, I think more and more about what that song is really about, and it’s really too deep. That’s a deep record. At that time in life, I was eighteen years old. It was a kid with a pure heart, just writing, and putting his soul out there for the world.

“That ain’t even a Main Source record, that’s a New York record. I was eighteen performing in Bentley’s. I wouldn’t have even imagined going to Bentley’s, and I was performing in there. That’s a New York staple, the tempo of it and everything.

“‘Looking At The Front Door’ was the door-kicker-opener for Main Source. We were working on songs all along, and Wild Pitch decided, ‘Let’s put this one out there.’ It’s funny, on the original version, I said, ‘I could play some old stuck-up rapper role, and smack you in the face any time you lose control.' And Stu Fine was like, ‘Nah, you gotta change that line.’ It was done and everything, and he was like, ‘Nah, that line is crazy right there.’ So I changed it to, ‘Get foul every time you lose control.’ Easier to swallow. Big up Stu Fine for that, because it made all the difference in the world. [But it’s funny to think about that edit], because now the shit people say is crazy! Word!”

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