Editors' pick

Large Professor

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Editorial Review

Except for DJ Premier, no one we know keeps the torch lit for that classic New York Timberlands-and-hoodie, boom-bap hip-hop sound like Large Professor. On A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders" album, the Extra-P intoned "Queens represent, buy the album when I drop it." It never came out offically, but bootlegs of it still make the rounds of the Internet some 15 years later. Large Pro introduced the world to Nas on the classic Main Source album "Breaking Atoms," which was packed with other golden era mainstays like "Looking at the Front Door" and "Just Hanging Out." The master of the Akai S950 sampler brings his baritone to the Sound of the City jam session tonight at Bohemian Caverns. It'll almost be like when he rocked with Brand New Heavies on "Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1" back in the day.

-- Rhome Anderson (Feb. 2009)