Lord Finesse reps DITC (that’s Diggin In The Crates) and is vicious on the mic and the beats. If his name is foreign to you, you really need to do your research. That said, FUSE’s excellent Crate Diggers series talked to the Bronx native about his records, and thus his career, and he proceeded to drops gem after gem after gem after gem.
Off the bat, Finesse talks about working with the Notorious B.I.G. “When I heard this dude, it started with the “Party & Bullsh-t” remix. When I had a chance to really hear this dude flow, I knew he was exceptional then,” recalls Finesse. “Just his flow—cause it just bounce all over and it came back on beat.”
The first track he placed with Biggie was “Suicidal Thoughts” from his Ready To Die debut. “I’m playing him beats and he picks this just God forsaken, don’t let me catch you in the alley beat,” explains Finesse. “I’m like, What you trying to do with that? [Nah, I got an idea.] It’s like, you sure. And that was bugged because as a producer I don’t want to just sell you a beat to make a dollar. I want to make sure you doing to do something incredible with it. I never heard the record until it came out.”
From here, Finesse goes on to discuss the famed Roosevelt Hotel record conventions (where PM Dawn used to lock down all the best records), making his first beats for the late Big L and taking a trip out to Galt MacDermot’s house with Juju of the Beatnuts.
Recently, Finesse settled the $10 million lawsuit he filed against Mac Miller for the use of illegal se of his “Hip 2 The Game” record on the Pittsburgh rapper’s “Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza.” Terms of the settlement were not made public.
Just watch the video below, because if you’re into beats, this is for you.