|This article needs additional citations for verification. (February 2012)|
|Origin||New York, New York, U.S.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Labels||Wild Pitch/EMI Records|
|Website||Main Source's MySpace|
|Past members||Large Professor|
Main Source was a Canadian/American hip hop group that was based from New York City/Toronto composed of Toronto's Sir Scratch and K-Cut, Queens' J. O. Dee and Large Professor. Later, Mikey D (also from Queens) replaced Large Professor and J. O. Dee decided to try his luck at a college education at VCU. The group was often compared to Steely Dan for its meticulousness in the studio.
The group's first album, Breaking Atoms, featured conscious tracks such as "Looking at the Front Door," "A Friendly Game of Baseball," and "Watch Roger Do His Thing," as well as the first on-record appearance of Nas on "Live at the Barbeque," which also featured Joe Fatal and Akinyele. Because of business differences, the group broke up before its second album, tentatively entitled The Science could be released. However, Sir Scratch and K-Cut released a second album under the Main Source name titled Fuck What You Think, with new recruit Mikey D on vocals & featured another first on-record appearance for The Dog Pack which would later become the legendary Yonkers rap group The LOX on "Set If Off"; however, the album was shelved due to inner conflicts between the record label and group management. Singer Madonna sampled the bassline from "What You Need" on Fuck What You Think in the song "Human Nature," which appeared on her 1994 album, Bedtime Stories.
Large Professor went on to be an instrumental producer for hip hop stars such as Eric B. & Rakim, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Nas, and Diamond D. He released a solo album titled First Class, and his shelved The LP was widely bootlegged.
K-Cut also produced for a wide range of hip hop artists including Big Pun, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Fu-Schnickens, Queen Latifah, and even NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. He also mentored another Toronto-based producer named Watts.
Large Professor makes a reference to his falling-out with Sir Scratch and K-Cut on A Tribe Called Quest's third album Midnight Marauders. On the track "Keep It Rollin'" he says, "I'm Uptown chillin', takin in this grand master Vic blend/from the projects, the PJ's, fuck them two DJ's/Self mission, i had to end that ill position."
J.O.Dee finished college and is currently a ranking official in the US Navy.
- "Think" b/w "Atom" (1989)
- "Think" (1989)
- "Looking at the Front Door" (1990)
- "Watch Roger Do His Thing" (1990)
- "Just Hangin' Out" (1991)
- "Peace Is Not the Word to Play" (1991)
- "Fakin' the Funk" (1992)
- "What You Need" (1993)
|Year||Song||Hot Rap Singles||Album|
|1990||"Looking at the Front Door"||1||Breaking Atoms|
|1991||"Just Hangin' Out"||11||Breaking Atoms|
|1992||"Fakin' The Funk"||1||White Men Can't Rap (EP)|
|1994||"What You Need"||48||Fuck What You Think|
- Kellman, Andy. "Main Source - All music.com". Retrieved April 7, 2011.