Illmatic: Where Are They Now?

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  • MC Serch
  • Q-Tip
  • Large Professor
  • Aimee Macauley
  • Pete Rock
  • Nas
  • Nas
  • AZ
  • DJ Premier
  • Olu Dara
  • L.E.S.

Large Professor

Legendary Main Source rapper/producer Large Professor discovered Nas, recruiting him to drop his jaw-dropping opening verse on "Live at the BBQ" in 1991. So it's only right that he produced three dusty tracks on Illmatic, "Halftime," "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Time 4 Your Mind," which anchor the LP. Large Pro launched an under appreciated solo career afterward, but he's stayed busy by producing for MCs including Slaugherhouse's Joell Ortiz, Action Bronson, AZ, Boot Camp Clik and others. In 2001, P reconnected with his protégé on "You're Da Man" and "Rewind," two highlights from Nas's Stillmatic.  More recently, he's been producing for and rapping alongside fellow Queens native N.O.R.E.


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