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22.2.06 Tweed optional  

Taken from website of the Double Door, a dive-ish Windy City venue whither Large Professor will be bringing the timelessly old-school sonic wisdom on the night of Feb. 26:

Eric B & Rakim. Biz Markie's 'All Samples Cleared'. Pete Rock & CL Smooth's 'Mecca and the Soul Brother'. Nas's 'Illmatic' and 'Stillmatic'. Diamond D's 'Stunts, Blunts & Hip-hop'. Kool G Rap. Big Daddy Kane. A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. Rob Swift. The Beastie Boys. Roxanne Shante. Gang Starr. Main Source.

[...] Since high school student William Paul Mitchell broke in with Main Source as MC and producer, Extra P's been in demand. Think Lil' Bow Wow or Chi Ali was a prodigy? Hell, the Prof taught the real Prodigy -- the one out of Mobb Deep -- his way around a studio. And that was after he taught DJ Premier how to use his SP1200. A grateful Primo reciprocated, introducing LP to his record collection and brought Main Source to the attention of Wild Pitch.

Not impressed yet? Try this: at seventeen, going to school by day, LP spent his nights programming beats for Eric B & Rakim's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em. That led to a call to work on Kool G. Rap's Wanted Dead or Alive. And by that time his rep was already growing amongst those in the know: 15-year old Nasir Jones -- uh, NAS -- had already enrolled with the Professor.

LP has never betrayed hip-hop's early ideals. His career is nobly devoid of quests for celebrity and material wealth; he is content behind the scenes, twiddling and programming--the humble antithesis of today's superproducer.

Ab ovo