Large Professor - "LP Surprise"
(Professor At Large; 2012)
After just two and half solo efforts over the last decade, fans know exactly what to expect from a Large Pro record. An accomplished supporting cast, refreshingly organic 808-deprived production, and a stubborn retrograde framework that has consistently yielded pleasantly (opposed to painfully) average results. Extra P's latest foray into traditionalism, Professor At Large, displays a newfound sense of urgency. While the initial single and opening track boasts the fastest tempo by a sizable margin, 'LP Surprise' features the album's most inspired vocal performance. The provost is uncharacteristically charged to the hilt.