Friday, April 29, 2005

"Throwing up your hands - that better be a peace sign!" Live Rap on Wax Part 7 - Lord Finesse

As far as I'm concerned, Lord Finesse doesn't get nearly enough credit for his contributions to rap. He elevated the punchline-heavy style that so many kids use today to previously unheard-of levels, paving the way for guys like Mad Skillz, Chino XL and Ras Kass. Here's the set he performed at Tramps in New York for the D.I.T.C. memorial concert for Big L. With Roc Raida on the decks and A.G. on back-ups, Finesse hits us with certified dope cuts like "You Know What I'm About", "Yes, You May (Remix)" and an ill version of "Baby, You Nasty" with this extra horn hit that wins. Ignoring the crowd's various song requests, the Funkyman also caters to the broads with a couple of his skin-pulling specials.

This was released on a three-LP/two CD set on Japanese label P-Vine records, and features sets from Show & AG, Diamond D, O.C. and the whole crew. Look out for it, it still pops up from time to time.

Lord Finesse - "Live At Tramps, NY" (P-Vine, 1999)

I've also dropped a new feature over at A Tribute To Ignorance if you need something to read.