Main Source ‎– Breaking Atoms

Wild Pitch Records ‎– WPL 2004
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Snake Eyes 3:30
A2 Just Hangin' Out 4:10
A3 Looking At The Front Door 4:10
A4 Large Professor 3:08
A5 Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball 3:22
A6 Scratch & Kut 2:57
B1 Peace Is Not The Word To Play 3:07
B2 Vamos A Rapiar
Co-producer – Pete Rock
B3 He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music) 3:34
B4 Live At The Barbeque
Featuring, Rap – Akinyele, Joe Fatal, Nas
B5 Watch Roger Do His Thing
Bass – Anton*Keyboards – Robert "J.D. Drumsticks" Stevenson*

Companies, etc.



Published by Frozen Soap Songs (ASCAP) & Kahari Music (BMI).
Mastered at Hit Factory, DMS.

℗ & © 1991 Wild Pitch Records, Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 91693-2004-1 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 091693200419
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): WP-2004 A DMS cg☮︎ HuB
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): WP-2004 B HuB
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 30) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AL-1169 Main Source Breaks The Atom(2xLP, Album, Unofficial) Actual Records (3) AL-1169 US Unknown Sell This Version
WPD 2004 Main Source Breaking Atoms(CD, Album, Lon) Wild Pitch Records WPD 2004 US 1991 Sell This Version
PCD-24664 Main Source Breaking Atoms 25th Anniversary Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM) Wild Pitch Records, P-Vine Records PCD-24664 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
WPD 2004 Main Source Breaking Atoms(CD, Album) Wild Pitch Records WPD 2004 US 1991 Sell This Version
WPD 2004 Main Source Breaking Atoms(CD, Album, Unofficial) Wild Pitch Records (2) WPD 2004 Japan 1997 Sell This Version


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March 30, 2020


March 29, 2018
A great example of a bunch of people who seem more interested in pressing details than the actual music. Have you people tried stamp collecting?


September 21, 2017
Is that P Monch I hear in one of the chorus's ? He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music)


April 9, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

To those who have tried to explain the features of the original pressing of this classic you gave missed 2 obvious details. The barcode on the back of the original press is positioned on the top right of the back cover of the cover with the long sides of the rectangular bar code box running down the cover and not across (as pictured on Discogs). None of the reissues are like this whether they feature a bar code or not.
As for the vinyl the main source logo is outlined on the record label with the relevant run out groove info. The 95 repress is almost identical except for no barcode on back cover or outlined main source logo on record labels as it is just a simple black print (as pictured on Discogs). The 95 repress is rare though but I am not sure whether it is an official repress as some claim it to be.
However which ever version you see buy it if you don't own a copy as a hip hop fan as its an absolute classic in every sense. I never become tired of listening to this as its aged gracefully!!!


January 20, 2017
This album is being reissued by Vinyl Me Please:
Available until Feb. 15th on colored vinyl.


January 29, 2016
In my top 5 hip hop albums of all time. Tell me another with that many dope joints on one L.P.


October 23, 2007

Nowadays several bootlegs exist and there's one official single vinyl repress from 1998 that almost looks the 1st pressing.

If you want to be sure if your copy is the original 1st issue check the following characteristics:
1. 1st pressings will always have the "DMS cg ☮" signature etched in the runout grooves as well as the "HuB" etching.
2. The label of the single vinyl reprint has the same wild pitch logo on white background, but there's a slight difference: 1st pessings have the Main Source logo straight above the center hole, not sideways.
3. I have heard that '98 reissues have a different label adress. Make sure copy will have this Wild Pitch adress on label & sleeve: 231 West 29 Street, NY, NY 1001.
4. A further hint is the front sleeve. Some reprints (not all!) have a blown up photo on the same sized cover. So if the ear of Large Professor is cut off you owe a repress.


September 20, 2004
edited over 16 years ago

There are 1001 reasons why everyone should own at least one HipHop LP - this is one of them. Breaking Atoms remains largely undiscovered by many due to the LP being released on the now defunct Wild Pitch label resulting in it being out of print for a long time. The album was pioneering primarily for its excellent production, which made sublime use of the SP1200 - a dedicated sampling drum machines but also from the tight rap skills shown by the Large Professor. In addition, the LP also helped to establish the careers of both Akinyele and Nas. I won't offer a breakdown of the LP track-by-track suffice to say that they're all quality and contain no fillers. Do yourself a favour and check it out.