Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk

Main Source released their single “Fakin’ The Funk” back in 1992.  The track was produced by the Large Professor and it was released on the “White Men Can’t Rap” original soundtrack EP.  The album dropped on Capitol Records and was music from the motion picture “White Men Can’t Jump“.

Main Source had released their debut and classic LP “Breaking Atoms” on July 23, 1991, and this was their last single with producer and lead MC Large Professor.   So when this single dropped, I thought they were going to drop a second album soon, but I was sadly wrong.   It was a while until we heard of Large Professor again.   He would produced tracks for Apache, Big Daddy Kane, and Nas and was next heard on A Tribe Called Quest’s track “Keep It Rollin’ “.

On this track, he invites Neek The Exotic to flow with him and the track is incredible. The track samples the beginning of the track “Magic Shoes” by The Main Ingredient and the drums from “Be Black Baby” by Grady Tate.  There is also a horn sample from Kool & the Gang’s “N.T.” and a funky flute sample (yes, I said flute) from “Soul” by S.O.U.L. and the beat (and flow) is sped up way more than the original making it as hype of a song as they come.  The lyrics are practically the same but they seem more “violent” than the original.  Neek sets it off nice and after this album dropped his debut album “Exotic’s Raw“.

 

[Introduction: Large Professor]
Now I’ve never been one to knock the next man for getting his
You know what
I’m saying? (Right, right)
And I do realize that now hip-hop is a form of
Showbiz (Uh huh)
But this has always been something with which you have to be
True
So in the year on 1992…(this is how we do!)

[Verse 1: Large Professor]
At the age of 19, heard the scene
A lot of M.C.’s that do not come clean
Fronting on dealing hard times in rhymes
You see him in the streets and you see no signs
Of the hell, and they get on stage and tell
Some cornball war story, ring the bell (word)
You’re fakin’ the funk
Talking that extra hard junk, you’re probably a punk
And I’mma let you know, that this way
You just don’t cut with the artificial flow

[Verse 2: Neek the Exotic]
Neek the Exotic breaks backs and necks
When fakes try to front, they get smoked like blunts
My rhymes penetrate like skunk
Ayo word up, I think you’re fakin’ the funk

[Large Professor]
You’re fakin’ the funk! (You’re fakin’ the funk)

[Hook:]
Yo! You’re fakin’ the funk! (You’re fakin’ the funk) [x6]

[Verse 3: Large Professor]
You do a song about a current event
Get on television and seem hesitant to represent
And that’s what we call fraud
You can’t kick the streets with a “Look, I sold out” award (word)
And everywhere has streets
That’s not trying to hear the same wack rhymes
Over the same stink beats
Cause times are real, and I can’t feel
Putting…down on the reel to reel

[Verse 4: Neek the Exotic]
Now I’m a let you know
With those weak style of raps, it’s time to go
I eject rejects that step
I’m a vet ready to snap your neck
I shine and rhyme at the same time
The mastermind of the sport called the rhyme
Now it’s my time to dump chumps that front
(Ayo Professor what’s up?)

[Large Professor]
You’re fakin’ the funk

[Hook]

[Verse 5: Large Professor]
The era of the wack M.C
Is getting shut down when the Main Source stomps through your town
Cause we don’t play the role of a clown
And keep things jumping with the real rap sound

[Verse 6: Large Professor and Neek the Exotic]
So to all the people stealing beats (You’re fakin’ the funk)
To the crossover rapper with the pleats (You’re fakin’ the funk)
To all the chumps that’s claiming the streets (You’re fakin’ the funk)
Fronting incredible feats (You’re fakin’ the funk)
To the girl acting like a prostitute (You’re fakin’ the funk)
Wearing that hooker type suit (You’re fakin’ the funk)
To the rapper with the big space suit (You’re fakin’ the funk)
To the artist that doesn’t pay dues (You’re fakin’ the funk)

[Verse 7: Neek the Exotic]
Cause, exotic and then you’re torn with the hyper tone
I can’t be blown because my rhymes are hard like stone
So prepare for the scare, because I’m you’re worst nightmare, punk
Cause you’re fakin’ the

[Hook]

The album also includes the following tracks:

  1. “A to the K”- 3:20 (Cypress Hill)
  2. “Area Code 213”- 4:28 (Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.)
  3. “Fakin’ the Funk”- 3:30 (Main Source)
  4. “Freezin’ Em”- 5:14 (Level III)
  5. “How to Act”- 3:14 (College Boyz)
  6. “Now You’re Mine”- 2:55 (Gang Starr)

-Al E.

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