22 October, 2003@12:00 am
Artist, producer, and DJ extraordinaire, Lord Finesse, has dug in his files only to locate what his loyal fans and followers have been waiting for… From The Crates To The Files…The Lost Sessions. The longtime D.I.T.C. member has traveled the turntables of timeto reveal quite a few gems that have never been uncovered to his fans. Previously unreleased tracks have been unveiled for all the Lord Finesse heads to consume at will. So rejoice fans, there is a great deal of good music for your ears to behold and for those of you who are too young to remember Finesse, gather ’round and seize a dose of the funky one.
From the crates… spans an era when hip-hop was simply about rocking the mic with dope production, in which Lord Finesse gives to the listener in abundance. Long time fans of Finesse will cherish the cock-strong battle rhymes on “Return Of The Funky Man (Remix)”. Heads will grin ear to ear once they garner a listen to the Large Professor remix of “Isn’t he something”. “Pull Ya Card” is another joint that ascertains Finesse as one of the better shit talkers in the industry as he fires one hot line after another. You gotta love the production Finesse comes with on the smoothed out sounds of “Check the Method”, which puts an exclamation point on this diverse individual’s talents. Even newer joints like the Fat Joe and Armageddon assisted ?
“Rules We Live By (Unreleased)” remind listeners that Finesse hasn’t grown old or outdated, not by a long shot. Without a doubt the diamond in the rough on this CD is unsheathed when the young lion known as Big L (RIP) takes one of his first approaches to the mic and lets his vocals soar on “You Know What I’m About (Unreleased)” and “Yes You May (Remix)”. where L lets all know why his sarcastic, witty and potent vocals will forever be missed: “I grab the microphone and scar jerks/niggaz runnin up ‘put me on!’ what the fuck is this, Star Search?!?!” and one-liners like “I’m so deaf I need a hearing aid with an equalizer.” There was no doubt that even back in ’92 L was destined to be great. Finesse proves he was no rookie emcee either on
“You Kow Wat I’m About” when he proclaims “They gotta find a better way/I’ll pull ya card, ya file, shit…plus your resume??
With this release Lord Finesse easily proves that his works of art back then are still potent enough for many generations of hip-hop to enjoy. From the Crates… exudes pure hip-hop back when videos were just grainy, black and white, low budget pieces of work. When the music spoke for itself, Finesse spoke volumes of hip hop history, and with that hip hop
heads must not forget who the Funkyman was and who he still is.
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