Issue #102 – Digital Cover

Published on February 1st, 2017 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Live Session: Celebrating 25 years of ‘Breaking Atoms’ with Main Source

When Main Source dropped ‘Breaking Atoms‘ 25 years ago, Vinyl and DJs were Hip Hop’s differentiator from other genres of music. Of course, we aren’t talking about push play DJs, we are talking about craftsmen who break down a joint to its Nth degree and create fantastical sound sessions. Breaking Atoms’ most touted and impactful track in mind is “Looking Out The Front Door.” Man, let that “boom boom booma boom” start rockin’ and Hip Hop heads slide into an ethereal state of mind immediately. You’ve seen it, heads go up, eyes to the heavens, then head bowed…the neck begins to break and a specific sway begins to happen.

Don’t believe me? Hit play below and see what happens:

For those who honor traditions and the foundational bricks upon which Hip Hop culture was built worldwide, it’s a pleasure to see benchmark releases such as Main Source’s “Breaking Atoms” catch a new show of respect. Not only are the creators of the album iconic, Large Professor, K-Cut and Rashad “Ringo” Smith, they gave first shine to several other celebrated Hip Hop luminaries Nas and The LOX

It was a pleasure to catch up with the full crew to discuss the special vinyl re-issue of the album February 1 with an amazing collector’s package. The group will kick off their reunion by performing onstage together for the first time in over 10 years at SOBs on the date of release. You may still be able to get tickets to the reunion performance here.

Our conversation covered everything from the release to how they have been able, over the years, to discern and identify special talents. One of the biggest takeaways for me from the talk is that Hip Hop as it was meant to be may have been too long abandoned by the industry as a whole and it’s time for those who helped create the culture and lifestyle to bring things back home. Energetic and positive that Hip Hop will regain course before it implodes, these cats have a refreshing outlook and an intestinal fortitude to once again step to the front; reinforcing the pillars of a community of billions spread across the planet.

Tune In

Here’s the official line on the Vinyl Re-issue of “Breaking Atoms” by Vinyl Club Vinyl Me Please, this is not your Granny’s record club, these handpicked re-issues come with a spectacular full-bodied musical experience, to include 12×12 prints, and all the things that make collecting fine items, an addiction.

Legendary hip hop group Main Source are reuniting for the first time in over a decade for a live performance and album reissue.

Vinyl Me, Please is re-issuing the classic and fundamental debut album Breaking Atoms (ft. Nas’ first ever recorded verse!) in honor of its 25th anniversary.

To celebrate, the Large Professor, K-Cut and Rashad Smith will perform together on Feb 1st at SOBs in NYC for a historic reunion show.

OG HITS: Looking At The Front Door; Live At The BarbeQue (NAS 1st recorded verse); another first: After group break up, Sir Scratch and K-Cut released a second album under the Main Source name titled Fu*k What You Think, with new recruit Mikey D on vocals & featured another first on-record appearance for The Dog Pack which would later become the legendary Yonkers rap group The LOX on “Set If Off”;

The sports apparel company ’47 also created limited edition, custom Main Source ’47 CLEAN UP hats for the anniversary. The first 50 guests to the show will receive one

The Vinyl Me, Please Breaking Atoms reissue package comes complete with:

  • 1LP color-in-color vinyl with bonus 7″
  • Heavyweight gatefold jacket with foreword by Pharoahe Monch
  • 12pg full-color lyric booklet with behind-the-scenes photos
  • 12″ x 12″ original art print by XPAYNE
  • Custom cocktail pairing recipe

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