Large Professor Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Large Professor “Ijuswannachill” (1996)

Album: “Ijuswannachill”/“Hard!” 12 Inch

Label: Geffen

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “I wasn’t really talking too jiggy, and I was mulling through how the industry was getting to me as an artist, and ‘Ijustwannachill’ wasn’t that broad of a [record]. It was more for underground radio and small clubs, and it wasn’t getting much airplay altogether. They burned the video up crazy, but other than that, it really wasn’t poppin’ off. And they just lost faith in the shit.

“That would’ve been a good record for an indie, but when there’s big bucks, and you’re on Geffen, they’re like, ‘Nah, you can take that little indie shit somewhere else.’ At that time, I wasn’t in the right mind frame for the level I had gotten to. I was still on that, ‘Yo, 40s and a blunt’ kind of shit [which is reflected in the title of the song]. I wasn’t thinking business-wise. I wasn’t thinking, ‘You’re on Geffen now, and you have this big machine behind you, and you should be making records like this.’ I was just like, ‘I’m gonna do the hip-hop that I know and love.’”

“Once this single dropped, they were like, ‘This isn’t ringin’ off like this. We don’t even want to go any further with the album.’ It was different than what was popular. Then the lawyer called me one day and was like, ‘Yo Paul, they told me they’re gonna have to let you go.’ So they shelved the whole project.”

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