There were few break-ups in hip-hop that resonated like the separation of Main Source. Original members Large Professor, K-Cut and Sir Scratch were front and center for hip-hop’s 90s push into thick, sample-driven territory thanks to musical machinations of their late 80s forebears. Tracks like “Lookin At The Front Door,” “Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball” and “Live At The BBQ” cemented their debut Breaking Atoms as a classic when it was released in 1991. However, due to business reasons Large Professor would leave the group before their follow-up album was released. Large Pro’s feelings were crystallized on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Keep It Rollin” from Midnight Marauders and K-Cut and Sir Scratch released Fuck What You Think with MC Mikey D in 1994 with all beats being produced by K-Cut.
But as they say, time heals all wounds and thanks to the reissue of Breaking Atoms by VinylMePlease, the group reunited for a 25th anniversary celebration show at New York’s SOB’s. On February 1st Large Pro and K-Cut were joined by Rashad Smith, Just Blaze, Royal Flush, Mike Geronimo and a host of hip-hop luminaries as fans stood elbow to shell toe to celebrate their achievement.
Mass Appeal interviewed the group prior to the show and they reflected on their legacy and influence on New York hip-hop and beyond.
“We were before our time, my father always told me that. I ain’t know what that meant before, ” says Large Pro. “It was an after school hobby. Some people go watch television and some people bring their records and start DJing. That’s what it was for us.”
Watch the full interview below.