SoundNexx is paying homage to another one of my favorite MCs of all times, Robert Hall a.k.a Lord Finesse. Just when I thought the late 80's couldn't get any better for hiphop with MCs like Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Rakim & Kool G. Rap on the scene, out of nowhere comes Lord Finesse! Initially, I was not familiar with Finesse at the time I purchased his classic first album in 1989, "Funky Technician." I was actually just shopping for some new music, and I thought the album cover looked interesting, so I copped it. When I popped that cassette tape into my trusty walkman, I bacame an instant Lord Finesse fan! Tracks like "Baby, You Nasty" and "Bad Mutha" were lyrically full of dope storytelling, wordplay and punchlines. Andre Da Giant (A.G.) of the soon to be 1990's super group Showbiz & A.G., dropped some dope verses throughout the album as well. Then you throw in production by the new comer DJ Premier (Primo) and Diamond D, you have a classic on your hands. After listening to the "Funky Technician" album, I quickly realized that Lord Finesse was making a definite statement to the rap world that he was here now and all others need to show respect!
In 1991, Lord Finesse dropped his second album titled, "Return of The Funky Man," which to me solidified his place in the rap game. Tracks like "Isn't He Something," "F*ck Em," and "That's How Smooth I Am" were definite classics that can still keep your head noddin' today! With the second album, Finesse introduced the world to another one of his Diggin' In The Crates crew members, Percee P. As expected, the production on the Funky Man album was full of tight production, which is what has made early 90's hiphop so special. After the release of the second album, it wasn't until 1996 Finesse dropped his third album titled, "The Awakening!" At this point the rap game had definitely changed from the era that Finesse had started his career in? Household names like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Brand Nubian had now been replaced by artists like Notorious B.I.G, Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg. Not missing a beat, Finesse filled this comeback album with guest appearances by some of the most respected names in hiphop such as, MC Lyte, KRS-ONE, O.C. and Sadat X! I have to admit, I was just glad to see my man back on the scene again! He had been missed, but not forgotten. Finesse has released other compilation type albums since 1996, and you can check those out by clicking here.
As usually, I have a megamixx to share with everyone. This time around I am pulling out a mix that I did a really long time ago. The quality of this mix is not great, but it is decent enough to get the point of Lord Finesse's lyrical ability as an MC! Finesse has been one of most underated and overlook MCs of his generation in my opinion? He is actually another pioneer that has influenced many of the so-called rappers of today! If you are not familiar with Lord Finesse, this is rare your chance to hear one of the greatest MCs do his thang!
Peep the classic albums covers!
Make sure you check for the upcoming "Lord Finesse Remix Project" that drops at the end of 2006! Top producers like Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, DJ Premier, Madlib, Buckwild, Marley Marl, Large Professor & The Alchemist will be providing their remixed versions of some Finesse classics! Sounds like a winner to me.....