Main Source

Breaking Atoms

№ 50
February 2017

In my humble opinion, July 23, 1991, marked the release of what was to become one of the most important records in the history of Hip-Hop. Main Source’s debut album ranged from the hauntingly-dark reality of "Friendly Game Of Baseball,” which used America’s great pastime to metaphorically depict the graphic horrors of racism, to "Looking at the Front Door," which so honestly captured the humility of a loving relationship gone bad. How could someone so young have the wherewithal to write a record that embodied such pain from a lost love?"

--Read more of rapper Pharoahe Monch's foreword to the album here.

What’s included in this VMP Exclusive:

  • Color-in-Color vinyl
  • Bonus color 7” unique to Vinyl Me, Please's pressing
  • Gatefold jacket with new album art
  • 12-page lyric booklet with behind the scenes photos
  • Foreword by Pharoahe Monch
  • Custom art print by Xavier Payne

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Learn more about ‘Breaking Atoms’

“At its core, Breaking Atoms is a coming of age record from high school kids being creative and having fun, attempting to figure out interpersonal relationships and adulthood within an environment of oppression and struggle.”

Jeff Weiss

Read the rest of our liner notes here.

Main Source Reunion

Why We Chose This Album

Listen to us talk about why we chose Main Source’s Breaking Atoms as your record of the month this month.

Scratch And Kut: The Samples of Breaking Atoms

We break down the massive amount of samples on Breaking Atoms. You can read that here.

Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball

On hip-hop’s role in the protesting of police brutality. Read here.