Having produced one third of Nas’ generation-defining Illmatic, Large Professor’s place on the pantheon of hip-hop heavyweights is already etched in stone. When you add in his groundbreaking debut as a member of Main Source — or the fact that he has collaborated with luminaries like Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Masta Ace, and Big Daddy Kane — it’s crystal clear that the man’s influence towers high above the history of the hip hop.
With Fat Beats Records’ release of Re:Living on June 9, 2015, Large Professor builds on his already impressive discography with an entirely self-produced record that delivers all the crisp drums, razor-sharp scratches, and innovative uprock grooves that define his signature sound. “I’m moving forward,” Large says, “But I went back to an earlier formula. With this project I feel like it’s the closest that I take it back to that Main Source style.”
Featuring Roc Marciano, Inspectah Deck, Cormega, G-Wiz, Fortune, and Lord Jamar, Re:Living shines a spotlight on New York’s best voices from the golden era to today. But above all, Large Professor lets his production do the talking — and with a legacy like his, beats speak louder than words.