Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Gather round now kids and get learned.
I don't throw around the title of "Top 5" loosely on here, but this album is definitely in my Top 5 Rap albums ever. It is essential listening for so many reasons.
Firstly, most of the album was produced by Primo with the other tracks being provided by Diamond D, Showbiz, and one lonely track from DJ Mike Smooth. The weird thing is as much as I obsess over this record I have never really figured out what DJ Mike Smooth has to do with this album. He produces one beat and is mentioned a few times. That's it.
But forget Mike Smooth cause dude is not the reason for this album's greatness.
Finesse basically smokes every track with the most straight forward N.Y battle raps ever. He basically lays the foundation for the entire D.I.T.C style in one stroke. You hear it echoed by Showbiz & AG and most noticeably in Big L. If you like Big L than you should probably thank Lord Finesse if ever given the opportunity. Finesse made it a point to make each verse have that clever, punchy, in your face steez that L took and made even better.
After a couple of listens you'll see how much of an influence Finesse was to L.
I could go on and on about how good this LP is and how Finesse started D.I.T.C, produced tracks for "Ready To Die" and "Chronic 2001", but none of that really matters once this album starts playing.
"Cause emcees try their best to flow and catch thee/ L-O-R-D-F-I-N-E-DOUBLE S-E."
Oh and if all that wasn't enough Finesse is currently working with Premiere to create an album out of Big L tapes they found in his closet. Thank God.
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth "Funky Technician"