Large Professor f/ Q-Tip “In The Sun” (2002)

Album: 1st Class

Label: Matador

Producer: Xplicit

Large Professor: ““That beat was crazy. I was going through my memory bank, thinking about all that wild shit from back in the days and school, like, ‘Yo, we still here, in the sun.’

“And with Tip, I had done an article in XXL, and was talking about when I was with Geffen, Tip had came to the sessions, but we’d never gotten anything done, and Geffen was looking at me kind of funny about that. So Tip came through on that album. He was like, ‘Yo, I wanna make sure I come through on this album.’

“He made that happen. That’s a good song for both of us. It got him ‘Rhyme Of The Month’ in The Source. So that was good while he was doing his solo thing. The song is dope. To this day, I like it.

“That album 1st Class was bittersweet, because I got my new machine, I had my ASR-X Pro, and I was putting my beats together on that, trying to give the people something different. People would be like, ‘Yo, you don’t do nothing new.’ So I gave the people that, and then they were like, ‘We only like you with the samples.’ It was some, ‘Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.’

“It was cool, though. I like that album. But it was coming from the [9/11] time, so it had that soot on it.”