When it comes to favourite producers Large Professor will feature near the top of any self respecting Hip-Hop head’s list. William Paul Mitchell aka Large Professor also known as Large Pro and Xtra P, from Harlem, is not only a good writer and MC, he is also very innovative and immensely creative musician and producer. He started out with a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard and later maximized the ability of the SP-1200 sampler.
He was a protege of original Hip Hop producer Paul C and having cut his teeth programming beats for Eric B & Rakim while still in school he went on to discover a young MC named Nasty Nas who’s first ever recorded appearance was on Main Source’s “Live At The Barbeque”. He's famously produced 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' and also provided production for Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, Rob Swift, The Beastie Boys, Roxanne Shante, Gang Starr and of course his own crew – Main Source.
As one third of Main Source alongside K-Cut and Sir Scratch from Toronto, Large Professor produced their legendary “Breaking Atoms” LP from 1991 which included the classic “Looking At The Front Door” which always causes a stir on the dance-floor. If you compile a top ten of Hip Hop albums there is a good chance that this recrd will feature heavily. Although Main Source only produced this one LP it is a classic gem and therefore they will go down in the annals of history as one of the greats.
Having parted ways with the other members of Main Source he went on to an notable solo career of his own, in 1996, releasing two singles for Geffen / MCA, "Ijuswannachill" and "The Mad Scientist". He was to have his highly anticipated solo album The LP released around the same time, but it was never released because of label politics. Xtra P continued producing for any MC worth their salt including Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip and Big Daddy Kane. When not locked in the lab or trading tips with fellow production legend DJ Premier, Large Pro’ keeps busy by rocking clubs around the world with his exciting sets of any kind of Hip-Hop & Soul that he feels will rock the crowd!
Large Professor is dropping his first studio album in five years and is having a launch party at the Doctor's Orders, an exclusive UK show. “Main Source” is the new album produced for new Gold Dust imprint which is also home to Price Paul, People Under The Stairs and more. The new album features the talents of Jeru The Damaja, Lil Dap, Big Noyd & AZ. The fact that Large Pro and the label have decided to celebrate the launch of this new project at The Doctor’s Orders is a mark of how highly the London scene is rated across the water.