On this day, July 23, in hip-hop history…

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1991: East Coast rap group, Main Source, released their debut album, Breaking Atoms, on July 23, 1991. The album is remembered as a one of the last seminal records of the golden age of hip-hop. Concocted from the group consisting of Large Professor, Sir Scratch and K-Cut, Breaking Atoms has come to be seen as significantly influential to hip-hop for introducing the world to rapper/producer Large Professor and marking the debut of legendary Queens rapper, Nas.

Noted for it’s rich, jazzy sonics and intricate layered percussion, Breaking Atoms would spawn several hit singles. The lead single, “Looking At The Front Door,” would chart at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart while follow-up, “Just Hangin’ Out” would land at No. 11, respectively. However, the album’s most famous moment might be the iconic guest verse from a debuting, teenage Nas. The verse is widely remembered as one of the greatest debuts in hip-hop history, as well as, being credited as the spark that launched Nas to becoming one of the most decorated MCs of all time.

Although the group only released this one full-length album, the influence of Main Source is undeniable. Not only because it launched the career of Nas but because lead rapper/producer, Large Professor, has gone on to become one of the most celebrated producers of all time, producing tracks for Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest and of course Nas’ masterful Illmatic.

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