Large Professor

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Large Professor
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Background information
Birth name William Paul Mitchell
Also known as Large Pro, Large P., Extra P Large P
Born (1973-03-21) March 21, 1973 (age 41)
Origin Queens, New York City, United States
Genres Hip Hop
Occupations MC, producer, DJ, musician
Instruments Turntable, sampler
Years active 1988–present
Labels Wild Pitch//EMI Records
Geffen/MCA Records
Matador Records, Gold Dust Media, Red Line Music Distribution Inc., Fat Beats
Associated acts Main Source, Akinyele, Eric B. & Rakim, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Intelligent Hoodlum, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock, Nas, Common

Large Professor (born William Paul Mitchell on March 21, 1973, in the Harlem section of New York, New York. USA[1]), also known as Large Pro and Xtra P, is a New York City-based hip hop record producer and emcee. He is also best known as a founding member of the influential underground hip hop group Main Source, and as mentor and frequent collaborator of Nas.[2] About.com ranked Large Professor #5 on its Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers list.[3]

Biography[edit]

Career with Main Source[edit]

In 1989, he joined the group Main Source, which also included K-Cut and Sir Scratch from Toronto. Main Source recorded one album with Large called Breaking Atoms, which was released in 1991. It included hits such as "Just Hangin' Out", "Looking at the Front Door," and featured Nas' first public appearance on a track called "Live at the Barbeque", along with Akinyele and Joe Fatal.[1] In 1992, their success allowed them to record "Fakin' the Funk", a track on the White Men Can't Jump motion-picture soundtrack. Because of business differences, Large and Main Source quietly parted ways and Large went on to sign with Geffen/MCA Records. During and after his tenure with Main Source, he worked with Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and he produced a number of tracks for Nas, Busta Rhymes, Masta Ace, The X-Ecutioners, Tragedy Khadafi, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, and others during the 1990s.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

With Main Source

Solo Albums

Collaboration Albums

Instrumental Albums

  • 2006: Beatz Volume 1
  • 2007: Beatz Volume 2

Production[edit]

Vocal appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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