Main Source

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Main Source
Main Source.jpg
Background information
Origin New York, New York, U.S.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1989–1994
Labels Wild Pitch/EMI Records
Website Main Source's MySpace
Members K-Cut
Mikey D
Sir Scratch
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, and Queens' Large Professor. Later, Mikey D (also from Queens) replaced Large Professor.[1] The group was often compared to Steely Dan for its meticulousness in the studio.[citation needed]

History[edit]

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; however, the album was shelved due to inner conflicts between the record label and group management.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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."

Mikey D currently works with Hush Hip Hop Tours as a celebrity tour guide on its Queens tour.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "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)

Guest appearances[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Song Hot Rap Singles Album
1991 "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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Main Source - All music.com". Retrieved April 7, 2011. 

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