New York hip hop vet Large Professor is considered one of the greatest producer/MCs in the game. Behind the mic he has helmed tracks off A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, Eric B. & Rakim's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em, Kool G Rap's Wanted: Dead or Alive, and cuts by Nas, Busta Rhymes, Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, and many others. As an MC, his group Main Source recorded the classic Breakin’ Atoms album, where he discovered a young, unknown MC named Nas, who debuted on the track “Live at the BBQ.” After years of producing for others though, P returned to the mic for his critically acclaimed 2002 solo effort 1st Class and this year’s stellar Main Source.
So Freestyle 101 was beyond honored when this multi-talented maestro stopped by The Engine Room in Hollywood to drop science over a Messiaz beat and knowledge during the interview. Xtra P gives us a genuine off the top freestyle and schools us in hip hop with a history lesson in mic skills. He even brought along fiery up and comer Killa Sha, but you’ll have to wait a few weeks for his episode.
If you dig Large Professor, make sure to check out other New York legends on Freestyle 101, such as Cormega, Sheek Louch, Guru, Fat Joe and Buckshot. Freestyle 101 goes up at 9 a.m. PST (that’s noon over on the east) every Tuesday. Stay tuned for Coolio, People Under The Stairs, Cappadonna, Teflon, Charli 2Na and many more. Make sure to dig our behind the scenes photos, visit us on MySpace and Facebook, and rant in our Forums too!