Lord Finesse
Lord Finesse is the most unknown on this list but his credentials and influence run deep.

The Uptown/Harlem sound that lives today in the entire Diplomat crew began with Lord Finesse and AG. Although he was from The Bronx, Finesse was admired by Big L, Cam’ron and Mason Betha.

His slow delivery caused him to pay attention to detail and his punchlines were potent and vivid. Finesse may never get the credit he deserves for spawning a whole style of emcees that spit slick metaphors and similes but if someone did their homework they would discover a true forefather.

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