PC Radio Throwback Thursday: Main Source – Just Hangin’ Out [Official Music Video]

From 1991 Album: “Breaking Atoms”…..

Breaking Atoms was produced using the E-mu SP-1200. Allmusic’s Steve Huey writes that the album’s acclaim lies mostly in its production, which popularized a number of now widely imitated techniques. Huey describes that the “intricately constructed tracks are filled with jazz and soul samples, layered percussion, off-kilter sampling effects, and an overall sonic richness.” RapReviews’ Dan Mennella also notes that the beats are the cornerstone of the record. Dan Nishimoto of PopMatters considers the album’s sampling to be “neatly layered, its subject matter is modest, and its overall tone is simply well executed fun.” In his book Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide, Oliver Wang writes that Large Professor as a producer “thinks in complete song structure, never focusing on one single element—a loop, a break—but always juggling them in unison.”

Upon its release, Breaking Atoms received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Entertainment Weekly’s James Bernard writes that “Main Source may not break much new ground, but [it] offer[s] a clever, quietly seductive collection in which the bass and drum tracks casually strut instead of stomp, and the sparse samples of guitar and horns allow..Large Professor’s voice to take center stage.” Since its initial reception, the album has received retrospective acclaim from writers and music critics. Allmusic writer Steve Huey declared it “one of the quintessential cult classics in hip-hop history.” Dan Mennella of RapReviews notes that many acknowledge Breaking Atoms to be on a similar level to Nas’ Illmatic (1994) and A Tribe Called Quest’s first three albums.

SoundProof magazine lists the album at number sixteen in “The Top 20 Toronto Albums Ever” and About.com’s Henry Adaso lists it at number twenty in the “100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums”. In 2004’s Rolling Stone Album Guide, Peter Relic writes that “From the candy-colored cover depicting the three members crowded around a fantasy science project to the uptempo beats and matching fast raps, it’s a period piece whose meticulous presentation…make it an enduring pleasure from a bygone era.” In 1998, The Source magazine selected the album as one of its 100 Best Rap Albums.Initially giving a four-and-a-half out of five “mic” rating, The Source gave the album a five “mic” rating in a retrospective list of “5 Mic Hip-Hop Classics” in its 150th issue.