Large Professor Reacts To Illmatic Being Turned To Book

posted September 04, 2008 12:44:00 AM CDT | 55 comments

Hip Hop scholar, author and activist Dr. Michael Eric Dyson announced yesterday that he is currently writing a book on Nas' debut album Illmatic [click to read]. The 1994 release received the coveted five mic rating from The Source magazine, and is considered by many, to be the greatest single Hip Hop album of all times.

"Every song on Illmatic will be analyzed, interpreted and then re-articulated in a kind of intellectual sense from his own base in Hip Hop and were trying to deal with that seriously," Dyson told Wednesday.

Late Wednesday, Nas' mentor, and producer of three of the album's 10 tracks, Large Professor, spoke on the significance of his work going from the musical to the literary world.

"It means a lot. Thats what we were working for though," revealed the musical creator of "Halftime," "One Time 4 Your Mind" and "It Ain't Hard To Tell," two of which were album singles. Large Professor added to HipHopDX, "Its finally paying off. It was a lot of hard work put into getting that album how it was even getting Nas to that point. Its finally payin off. Sometimes its a delayed reaction with things. Back in the days, my father would tell me, Youre ahead of your time. I didnt know what that meant. Sometimes thats a good thing and a bad thing. You get a grasp on it, and you understand what it is, and you realize it."

From first appearing on 1991's "Live At The Barbeque" [click to read] from Large Professor's then-group Main Source, the unit spent nearly three years readying the debut, which finally achieved platinum status a decade later in 2004. "That was a lot of power, a lot of energy that went into that. That wasnt just [a year-long project], that was years in the making. The power is there. Its still alive.

According to Amazon, Dyson's book, formerly titled Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas' Illmatic, is planned for January 2009 publication on Basic Civitas Books.

Presently, Large Professor - now recording as "Large Pro," is releasing Main Source September 30 on Gold Dust Media. The album's intro "The Entrance," can be heard [click to listen].

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