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

Mobb Deep “Peer Pressure (Remix)” (1993)

Album: Juvenile Hell

Label: 4th & B’way/Island/PolyGram

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “Mine was [actually] the original, and Premier did the remix. But I think at that time, 4th and B’way felt the Premier version was stronger. It’s funny because, my version now is seeing the light of day, where people are like, ‘Oh shit!’

“That was a dope session because when they got their budget, they came through to see me at my house. P had his car, I think he had an Acura or something like that. They came upstairs, and I was starting to make the beat. And Hav was sitting there, and he would always roll by, and sit for five or ten minutes, and be like, ‘Aiight yo, we’ll be back.’ But he would always watch what I did.

 

Hav came over to my house a lot, and he had that ‘eye of the tiger.’ He just absorbed the reality that someone could have a beat machine in [their] room... He knew where to take it from there, definitely.

 

“That was their first session I think for their record. It was dope. P’s grandmother rolled through, Neek was there, we were just all chillin’, gettin’ our puff on. P was like, ‘Yo, let’s wait, ‘cause my Grandmoms is gonna come by.’ Yo, Ms. Johnson was [legendary] and for real with her business. And she came by, and was like, ‘Alright, you boys are doing good by yourselves. Keep doing good.’ Then she left, and it was like, ‘Roll up fast!’ [Laughs.] But that was a good session, because they were in the big Power Play [Studios room], and they were finally doing their own thing.

“Fatal would have Hav come over to my house a lot, and he had that ‘eye of the tiger.’ He just absorbed the reality that someone could have a beat machine in [their] room. Like, ‘Oh shit, you got a beat machine? And you [made that beat right here]?’ It wasn’t like I was like, ‘You press this button to do this.’ He just heard the sounds, and was like, ‘Yo, you filtered that? And you got the drum machine hooked up to the speakers?’ Then he knew where to take it from there, definitely.

“Mobb Deep is pretty much in house, [which is why I haven’t done much other work with them as a group]. And those dudes are serious. At the time, I wasn’t as serious as everyone else. I was more like, ‘This is something I do.’ I wasn’t like, ‘Yo, we gonna get money.’

“And I was content. And with that came not really wanting to be around the element where dudes were coming into the game that weren’t necessarily skilled or just had a street legacy. You had to have skills, which P and Hav, they had. Those are music dudes. But they had that little bit of street knowledge that they enhanced to really blow it out [and be successful].

“I had my street shit, but I didn’t want to brag about it. They caught me early, so I was more on some therapeutic shit, like, ‘This is what I do to escape all that.’ [I got busted as a kid], so all of that shit was out of my system. It made me more on the laid-back tip.”

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