This is the second half of Microphone Check’s interview last year with producer and rapper Large Professor. You can listen to and read part one here www.npr.org/sections/microphone…he-world-of-hip-hop. Part two covers the making of Illmatic, Paul C’s role and Ali’s favorite Extra P lines.
I was going to post both parts at once but it is better to keep them separate Enjoy.
Last spring, way back in 2014, we sat down with Large Professor, partly on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic but mostly because he’s the reason for much of the New York rap we both love so much.
Not sure where all the asking current NBA players about the length of the regular season came from or even why, It’s been 82 games for as long as the current players have been alive. They knew it was 82 games going in, it’s what separated college from pros, it’s fun watching some rookies ran out of gas in the second half of the season. You ask any retired players and they’ll tell you the current players are stronger, faster, and have methods that help them healthier and heal somewhat faster. Those former players will also add that the current players in the NBA are soft. Bitching about the length of the season proves it. As a fan it’s ideal because of football season but other than that it’s fine the way it is. Football bleeds into baseball and no one is screaming shorten baseball, people would like a quicker game but not a shorter season. People would be cool if football expanded its season. For some strange reason the players in the NBA want shorten their season.
I have an idea, why not trade seasons with the WNBA? Not just the season length but the number of teams as well. Let’s be real outside of any eastern conference team LeBron plays for the east is useless. Keep the western conference teams and let the d league keep those from the east. Shorter season, less teams. Allow the ladies to get a real NBA type season under their belts with 32 teams and I’m sure the women playing will not complain. It makes the fight for a championship that much more difficult. Give the WNB A the NBA schedule and have the NBA players in the summer. The WNBA has never really gotten the respect it should be given with all the talented players that play in the league. Why not give the women a chance at an 82 game season since the men are cool with not playing those long seasons. The NBA season isn’t long, it’s the fact that the league hasn’t taken advantage of their television contract. At one point TNT showed games every Tuesday and Thursday with TBS showing games on Wednesday. You add what was once thought to be an every Friday affair on ESPN that never happened four out of five days had games. Not to mention NBATV which could actually show two games every night during the regular season but for some reason they don’t. If you showed more games as well as show more teams and stop trying to show every Cleveland game the league would benefit from 82 games. 82 games a year and television only focuses on ten teams? There is your problem. Also I think the players are taking the league for granted. Players become more recognizable and the job, The NBA, becomes secondary. The NBA makes good to great players stars. Trust me if LeBron had went to the CBA ESPN wouldn’t have been like fuck the NBA . The NBA is the big dog of basketball. LeBron wouldn’t get a shoe deal playing in China or be considered great. How spoiled are these players to want the same pay for playing less games. I’m surprised that there aren’t former players calling this out as bullshit. The league will not fold if the top players leave and play somewhere else if they were to strike because of a long season, does anyone remember The ABA? That league was just as good if not better but name and recognition of the NBA kept them on top. The NBA will be here when all the current payers retire and there may still be 82 games.
I’ve been thinking of doing something on periscope since I started using it a few months back. One thing I was stuck on how to go about doing it honestly, then as I realized just do it. Don’t overthink it is what I noticed from the people who dp live streams that are doing show type of feeds. Just be natural and be prepared for the hecklers looking for something more or just to disturb the vibe. I mentioned be natural because some people are just being them while others come off as fake, or maybe people who are too friendly creeps me out. I know people just like to feel thier having people engage with th and be open, the fake or genuine factor isn’t an issue as much as reading and responding to what’s being typed to people. I want to do Thursday review about what has happened during the week from music to news to just life. Also want to do at least first Friday mix on periscope if not all the shows.
What I don’t want to do is be on periscope every chance I get, i’m following people who are on a lot throughout the day. I can’t do that so once I’m done for week with my scope I’m done unless I’m checking out other people. I’m doing this to promote my movement and express myself. Who knows I may get gifts or give stuff away down the line. I see people doing that lately. Sounds nice if you tap into something that people connect with. I’ve come across more motivational speakers and djs but it could be just me and what I’m looking for. I’ll find out next month when I jump in the periscope pool.
Straight Outta Compton did much better than expected raking in $56.1. Million dollars and coming in number one this past weekend, as of now, Monday, I have yet to see He movie. What this has shown is just how much Hip Hop is truly a culture that needs to be respected. This was a film that people from all walks of life were rooting for and praying it wouldn’t tarnish the legacy of N.W.A. Of course Ice Cube and the stars of the movie like Gary F. Gray had to do the routine PR campaign to promote the movie, but the rumors of the film and the good reception to the film being made was enough to ensure that the film would do well. The movie crossed demographics and was rated R and is doing well, which other than certain comedies doesn’t happen often.
The ugly aspect of all this is how as a culture our legend’s stories are not being told. Younger people had no idea that Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were in a group together and as much as the younger people on social media would want you to believe they’re Eay E fans many of them were lost with what they saw from comments they typed out. .N.W.A had one the biggest and most bitter breakups in Hip Hop and for that to be lost in today’s beef obsessed world is saying something. N.W.A like 2 Live Crew fought and sacrificed to say what they wanted on records, a fact artists all over who do music should know and be grateful for. Hip Hop blogs and sites should have been telling the story of N.W.A long before this movie went into production. Not to sound too disrespectful but I’ve been waiting for some protest group to throw “Fuck The Police” in the mix as a theme on the low. The one thing younger people are taking away from the movie is how not much has changed in regard to the police and their violence towards Black people. Speaking of violence there hasn’t been any attached to the movie about the world’s most dangerous rap group. That is now a story, gangsta rap movie hasn’t caused some sort of uproar somewhere.
Hopefully Straight Outta Compton opens the door or more legends, not saying 50 Cent, Eminem and Biggie don’t deserve movies but seeing how so many people had no real clue who N.W.A was means our ” urban” music outlets and Hip Hop sites have been failing to preserve the last great American art form. Yes, Hip Hop is being held as more important and influential the days of the British invasion and just important and diverse as Jazz. So many people who claim to love Hip Hop don’t know amazing moments and people. This may be the beginning of something great down the line for the culture.
This is a great tribute mix for Sean Price. Not to sound like a hater but more like someone who needs that cheat code with Mixcloud on doing tribute mix that won’t get muted..Love this mix RIP Sean Price.
100% Sean Price (DJ Stikmand Tribute Mix) by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud
By now you’ve all heard the sad news about the early passing of this exceptional Brooklyn emcee… Stikmand took some time out of his busy schedule and put down a solid 64min of the best Sean Price songs & bars.Go to http://brooklynradio.com/100-sean-price/ for the download.
01 Jesus Price Intro
02 BCCC (Frankenstein)
03 Onion Head w/ Tek
06 Worldwide (Rock The World) w/ Rock
07 P-Body w/ Rock
08 How It Soundz
09 Blood Runs Cold
11 Straight Music
12 The Feeling
13 Irrationally Speaking
14 Spliff N Wessun
15 All Time Greats
16 Sean Wigginz
17 Boom Bye Yeah
18 And So
19 Magnum Force
21 The Genesis of the Omega
22 The Art Of Disrespekinazation w/ Rock
23 How Sean Price Stole Christmas
24 Girls (remix)
27 Occupy All Streets
28 Godfather P
29 Looking Down The Barrel
31 Let’s Go
33 Long Fifth Goodnight
34 Everything Is Heltah Skeltah
35 All In Together
36 Let’s Get Down 2 Bizness
37 Clan’s Posse’s Crew’s & Clik’s w/ Rock