1. Large Professor’s 10 Favorite Sample Flips.

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    Large Professor is, quite simply, one of the most important hip-hop producers to ever touch the SP-1200. Mentored by the late, great “golden era” studio wizard Paul C, already having worked with Rakim and Kool G Rap while still a teenager, this master craftsman’s most beloved music all but defines New York’s classic purist aesthetic. His signature sound would evolve two-fold through the ’90s. On the one hand, Extra P was amongst the first rap maestros (along with brethren in beats, Pete Rock) to harness the frantic collage style associated with the Bomb Squad and Prince Paul in a more soulfully straightforward context – creating the intricately arranged ghetto symphonies of Main Source’s superb 1991 debut, Breaking Atoms. On the other, P’s ability to manipulate a single workhorse sample – as exemplified by Nas’ “Halftime” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “Keep It Rollin’,” and acclaimed remixes for Gang Starr, Slick Rick, Common, and others – exhibited his genius for simplicity. The aughts would see more notable additions to his production discography (Nas’ “You’re Da Man”; Roc Marciano’s UN’s “What They Want”). But what may be most impressive about Large Pro after all these years is his dedication to his trade. As is evidenced by the following varied list of his favorite sample flips, LP is never too professorial to himself study the art of making tracks.


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    10. Shawty Lo - "They Know (Dey Know)" (D4L, 2008)

    PRODUCER: Balis Beats

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Mandrill – “Children Of the Sun” (Polydor, 1972)

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    Large Professor: [I was] watching videos one day and this song came on, and for South music I felt it was iller than the rest. A few months later while checking a Mandrill LP I stumbled onto the song “Children Of The Sun,” and there it was, the music for Lo’s song. For the South, I thought that was ill.

    9. Diamond D ft. Big C & AK2000 - "If I Were Ya Woman" (mixtape track, 2003)

    PRODUCER: Diamond D

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Gladys Knight & the Pips – “If I Were Your Woman” (Soul, 1970)

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    Large Professor: This song is off a crazy slept-on mixtape [Grown Man Talk] that Diamond threw out there in 2003. He super-flipped the famous Gladys Knight & the Pips “If I Were Your Woman” – chopping all the vocals out like only a few know how to do. When I heard this, I felt like Diamond stepped his game up 100%.
     

    8. Das Efx - "Jussumen (Pete Rock Remix)" (East-West, 1992)

    PRODUCER: Pete Rock

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Cal Tjader – “A Message To Michael” (Skye, 1968)

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    Large Professor: I got put onto the Cal Tjader Tjader-Ade [early '70s "Best Of"] album by [producer] Rashad Smith, and quickly started craftin’ joints off that album (e.g. the Slick Rick “It’s A Boy” Remix). Me and Pete [Rock] would trade record discoveries often, and Tjader-Ade was amongst them. I don’t remember exactly when I heard the Das EFX remix, but when I did I automatically knew what he sampled. I listened to the remix over and over and went back to the original record. First off, the part he got the bass-line from is off on the album. I won’t go all into the schematics of the joint, but if you can decipher any of what that man did then you’ll have a new-found respect for record sample chopping and Pete Rock.

    7. Nas "It Ain't Hard To Tell (Remix)" (Columbia, 1994)

    PRODUCER: Large Professor

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    SAMPLE SOURCES: Biz Markie – “Nobody Beats the Biz” (Cold Chillin’, 1987), Blue Jays – “What Do You Want From Me Woman?” (Map City, 1972)

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    Large Professor: It was Nas, myself and my man Drew (Dr. Butcher) chillin’ in the lab, and I was going through records. I stopped listening for samples and just started cuttin’ up rap records. So we’re there chillin’ and I’m like, “Yo! You hear that? You ain’t hear that?” They were like, “What? What?” So I spun it back and just started catching, “‘nized as the King of Disco-in’.” We all just started laughing, and Nas was like, “Yeah we gotta use that.” [Columbia/Sony Records' A&R] Faith Newman called for a remix of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” and I was undecided on what to flip. The first night I hooked up a Catalyst joint that didn’t work. The next day I got a call from Sony like, “Yo, we need it tomorrow!” That same morning I got a box of records that I didn’t even know was sent to me from [record] dealer, Bob Gibson. Once I heard that Blue Jays joint I immediately went to the lab, hooked that up, and threw that Biz Markie “Nobody Beats The Biz” “Nas is the King of Discoin” audio illusion in there.

    6. AZ - "Your World Don't Stop" (white label, 1995)

    PRODUCER: Buckwild

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Lou Donaldson – “You’re Welcome Stop On By” (Blue Note, 1974)

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    Large Professor: When I first heard this song the loop alone caught me. I liked how the horn ended the phrase. This joint just sounded slick. Then when I heard the original, Lou Donaldson’s “You’re Welcome Stop On By,” and heard that they were actually saying, “You’re Welcome Stop,” I had to give Buckwild his props. This is one of the best examples of hearing [something] other than what is [said] on a record.

    5. Ultramagnetic MC's - "Give The Drummer Some" (Next Plateau, 1988)

    PRODUCER: Paul C

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: James Brown – “There Was a Time” (King, 1968)

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    Large Professor: This song is early sample innovation. Paul C was an extreme sound scientist, and this may be the most prime example of his futuristic approach. To take the James Brown “There Was a Time” off the Gettin’ Down To It album and pan (use only the left or right side of a stereo record) to get only the drums, was unheard of at that time. He not only heard that, but also heard the horn and guitar from the same record to create a real ill b-boy joint. It’s funny, we were chilling one day and he laughs and plays me a Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud remix he did for “Gets No Deeper.” I noticed the joint had a real ill bass-line, and Paul’s like, “Yeah I got that from the other side of the James Brown joint I used for ‘Give The Drummer Some.’” Ridiculous.

    4. MC Shan "The Bridge" (Bridge, 1986)

    PRODUCER: Marley Marl

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Magic Disco Machine – “Scratchin’” (Motown, 1975)

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    Large Professor: Although brief, that spun backwards horn hit off Magic Disco Machine “Scratchin’” will always symbolize real hip-hop. There’s nothing soft about that sound and it gets you amped to break, write graffiti, rhyme and DJ. I don’t know the story behind MC Shan and Marley Marl deciding to take that sound, spin it back, and loop it in the SP. But it worked (especially with them gritty “Impeach the President” drums).

    3. Group Home "Supa Star" (Payday, 1995)

    PRODUCER: DJ Premier

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Cameo – “Hanging Downtown” (Atlanta Artists, 1984)

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    Large Professor: This is when Premier really started to take flight. This song musically translates decades of ghetto life. Those chops from Cameo “Hanging Downtown” sound like a hot summer night standing under a streetlight to me. When you hear how wobbly the original is, and [then] hear how Premier placed those sounds to the beat, that’s drum machine magic.

    2. Mobb Deep "Shook Ones Pt. 2" (Loud, 1995)

    PRODUCER: Havoc

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Herbie Hancock – “Jessica” (Warner Bros., 1969)

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    Large Professor: Having had the Herbie Hancock Fat Albert Rotunda [album] for so long, when the sample for “Shook Ones” finally did surface, I just had to laugh. Havoc finagled a trivial sound and turned it into some hoodness. This is an excellent case of man makes the machine. At that time producers were moving away from blatant samples and doing more manipulating with the sounds, and how Havoc flipped “Jessica” remains at the forefront.

    1. Jay Electronica ft. Tone - "Renaissance Man" (web track, 2007)

    PRODUCER: J Dilla

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    SAMPLE SOURCE: Marvin Gaye – “God Is Love” (Tamla, 1971)

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    Large Professor: Honestly, I cry when I listen to how J Dilla flipped Marvin Gaye’s “God Is Love.” For one, I still don’t know which version he used. [laughs] And secondly, a huge part of sampling is “hearing” and “knowing” what to sample. And that man heard and knew what that was. AND on top of that he shifted the timing to make the phrase right and exact, creating one of the most spiritually uplifting tracks ever.


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    • http://djmatthewafrica.com Matthew Africa

      A few years ago I posted the version of AZ’s “Your World Don’t Stop” with the Lou Donaldson sample and someone claiming to be Spunk Bigga popped up in the comments section and said that it was him who produced it, not Buckwild:

      http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=6274191574117610898&postID=9170616853882145602

    • egotrip

      Hmm… interesting. Thanks for the link, Matt.

    • SunnyMeadowz

      Extra P has long been my favorite producer in the game. Loved it a couple months ago when Mr. Walt said LP was the original Dilla; really glad to see that ‘God Is Love Flip’ made the list. I have to totally agree with Paul when he says he cries when he listens to how Jay flipped that gem.

    • http://avantgarde1.bandcamp.com Avant-Garde

      That beat for the last one that you guys posted the Jay song for was originally used for a common joint i’m pretty sure.

    • egotrip

      We’ll defer to the Dilla experts on that one. Tho we maybe should have noted that it also apparently appears as a (beat tape?) instrumental – Dilla’s “Marvin & the Fam.”

    • Ian1362

      surprised he didn’t pick the full flip of that God Is Love track on Be, a lot more vocal whines in that than the stripped down version Electronica used

    • http://avantgarde1.bandcamp.com Avant-Garde

      I can dig it just saying as far as a song with vocals over it you can refer back to 2005′s “Be”

    • keatso

      That version of “world dont stop” is one of the biggest casualties of sample clearance issue

    • http://www.soundcloud.com/pro9het ProphetNine

      ‘Common – Love Is’ is the original beat for ‘Jay Electronica’s Renaissance Man’, Dilla produced it for the ‘Be’ album.

    • http://tytyindustries.com Tyrone Fuller

      stop snitchin’!!!!!

    • egotrip

      Dag, how could we forget – yes, “Love Is,” of course.

    • http://www.goodrecordsnyc.com Jonny

      My favorite one of these yet! So ill.

      I’ve always loved that AZ joint.

    • http://toiletries.wordpress.com hudson

      Wow, I never knew the break for the Jussumen Remix. I’ve had that Tjader-Ade LP for years and never spotted that.

      Also, the version of Marvin’s God Is Love was on the B-side of the What’s Going On 45: http://www.discogs.com/Marvin-Gaye-Whats-Going-On/release/1788298 (it’s now a bonus track on the What’s Going On CD).

      Massive respect to the Extra P – a bonafide monster of hip hop music.

    • egotrip

      Yeah, we slept on that Tjader joint too. It’s also on the Tjader Plays Burt Bacharach LP. So sick.

    • GoldenTrophy

      Lage Pro made an error, SpunkBigga did the AZ track he put up not Buckwild.

    • oskamadison

      For some reason, I always thought Ski did that original version of “Your World Don’t Stop”. Learn something new every day. Extra P, simply one of the greats. Next up: Pete Rock.

    • oskamadison

      I forgot: Paul C. did catch more than a few bodies with “Give The Drummer Some” (and “Do The James”.) If he wouldn’t have gotten murked, we’d be talkin’ about dude the way we talk about Marley Marl. Imagine those beat battles between him and Dilla…

    • oskamadison

      Got Extra P to come through, that’s what’s up!! I always liked that Shawty Lo joint too but I never even knew that was a sample. AND I had that Mandrill record for YEARS and didn’t know that was on there. I got sonned, lol. For some reason, I always thought Ski did that original version of “Your World Don’t Stop”. Learn somthing new every day. Paul C. was a monster indeed. If he was still alive, we’d be talkin’ about him the way we talk about Marley Marl. Imagine those beat battles between him and Dilla.

    • oskamadison

      My bad for posting that three times. I thought it didn’t go through…

    • egotrip

      All good, Oska. Glad you dug the post. More good ones on the way…

    • Godzilla Jr.

      Anybody saying that sampling isn’t an art is misguided. I can’t hear the sample on #’s 2 & 3 for the life of me.

    • http://www.bestdjsoftware.net/ DJ Software

      Knew these samples from time back but great hearing P’s knowledge and history.

    • hughphug

      loving it man, you need to drop these more often, this is why i live

    • tonytone

      ExtraP=one of the greatest to do it.
      great list…i love that shook ones finally made it to light! genius!
      the nas is the king of disco-ing is pure brilliance too. wow. biz’ voice needs to get sampled more

    • http://www.DJJS1.BLOGSPOT.com DJ JS-1

      “Large Pro changed my life…” – great post… meeting him, conversing with him, and working with him are 3 of my personal fav moments in my hiphop career… and btw PAUL C is the man!!! shame what happened…

    • z

      amazing articles

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