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

The Beastie Boys “Sure Shot (Large Professor Remix)” (1994)

Album: “Sure Shot” 12 Inch

Label: Capital

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “That was another long-ass session, where I came out of the studio early in the morning. That was a nice session, because I had the idea already when Rush told me [about the remix], and they got me the files and everything. It was like, ‘Yo, I wanna take this and do my little beat thing to it.’ I didn’t want it to be all over-produced. I just wanted to filter my bass line, put my drums in there, and get busy. I did that at Greene Street Studios. That was nice.

“It was a work-for-hire kind of thing. I just wanted to blaze it. And that was the perks of being down with Rush. You were in a pool of producers and top-notch artists. It would be like, ‘Well, we could get Large Professor...’ And they’d say, ‘Oh word? Alright, let me hear how that would sound.’ The budget was good, everything was great, so it was like, ‘Yo, knock it out.’

 

MCA had a dope voice, and dope rhymes. When it came out that he had the cancer, everyone pulled together like family. As hip-hop, we all sent out our spiritual blessings.

 

“Rush made it so easy [to do remixes]. It was like, ‘Just tell us what you need.’ And you’d go in the studio, and whatever you needed, whether it was the files, or the reel, or if you needed a copy early, it was all there.”

“I thought it was MCA, but then I remembered it was Mike D who reached out for that. I never met MCA, but I always loved his voice. He had a dope voice, and dope rhymes. When it came out that he had the cancer, everyone pulled together like family. As hip-hop, we all sent out our spiritual blessings. Damn, man. But he’s in a better place now.

“I always a fan of the Beastie Boys. I was out on Long Island when their [first] album came out. It was an ill craze that was happening with the Beastie Boys and their acceptance in the hood. It was all natural, and they were really some of the pioneers in hip-hop and putting together hip-hop songs.

“This is funny. My first time hearing Beastie Boys, I would jet off of WBLS and Kiss FM to all these different stations sometimes, and one time I turned the dial all the way down to somewhere in the 80s, and I heard this song, and they were cursing on the song and everything, so I just started taping it. It was early Beastie Boys, the “Cooky Puss” joint. So I had caught that on tape.

“At the same time, it might have been 4th or 5th Grade, we were learning through SRA [in school], which was a system where you would get the lesson on a tape, and you would hear the story, and then you would go get a card and it would ask you questions about the story. So I took the tape out real quick and switched it, and I put the tape I made of “Cooky Puss” in. [Laughs.] And to my little table, I was like, ‘Yo, y’all wanna hear something?’ And we just bugged. We were laughing, and I had to turn it kind of low because they were cursing on the song.”

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