Nov 242015

‘We’re Living In The World of Hip

Last spring, way back in 2014, we sat down with Large Professor, partly on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic but mostly because he’s the reason for much of the New York rap we both love so much.

MUHAMMAD: The Extra P. Like, I was just saying, I the Marley show. I was pinned, like, right there with it. So definitely it’s an honor to be here also.

KELLEY: When did you guys first cross paths?


LARGE PROFESSOR: Ali. That was early. That was maybe early ’90s. A lot of parties in the city. Soul Kitchen. Just all these different parties, and we were all part of that Rush you know, the Rush House. So it was like MUHAMMAD: Mhmm.

LARGE PROFESSOR: Those times were those times in New York were just it was just brimming with all kinds of energy, so definitely around those times, early ’90s.

KELLEY: And did you and when you met was there some level of competition or was it a meeting of the minds?

LARGE PROFESSOR: Oh no. It was a mutual respect.

MUHAMMAD: Yeah, mad respect.

LARGE PROFESSOR: Because yeah. A few of the songs on our albums, we kind of used the same samples a little bit, so it was like a kind of camaraderie because of that. It was like, “Yo! You flipped it too? I like the way you flipped it.” “Yo! You flipped it?” That kind of thing. So, yeah, it was all love. Definitely. All love.

LARGE PROFESSOR: Yeah, and the “Think Twice,” the Donald Byrd. But “If The Papes Come.” “If The Papes Come” too, definitely. Cause it was like, “Wow. We kind of crossing paths on the same samples” kind of thing. And at that time, I was it’s funny. I was just speaking about at that time it was like if someone used a sample that you used it was like, “Ah we gotta scrap the song.”.

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