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Talib Kweli & Lord Finesse On D.I.T.C, Big L, ‘The Awakening,’ Large Professor | People’s Party Full
In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, DJ, and producer: LORD FINESSE Here’s what we got into with one of D.I.T.C.’s finest: • Large Professor being one of Finesse’s biggest mentors coming up. • How his Bronx neighborhood of Forest Hills was similar to a village. • Entering himself in the New Music Seminar to battle the best. • ‘Funky Technician’ being the spark that formed the D.I.T.C. crew. • His longtime friendship with fellow D.I.T.C. member Diamond D. • DJ Mike Smooth who he looked up to like a big brother. • Talib relating to Finesse’s history of freestyling at school lunch tables. • Finesse’s signature compound rhyme scheme of using three syllables. • What rappers inspired Finesse the most while growing up. • Where Finesse’s knack for clever and comedic punch-lines stems from. • ‘Funky Technician’ being Finesse finding his way and paying tribute to his heroes. • Guru picking his demo tape while acting as A&R for Wild Pitch Records. • Finesse’s first encounter with Big L during an autograph signing. • Being blown away by how polished Big L was at such a young age. • Becoming a fully fledged producer, giving 5 tracks to Big L for his debut. • The lead up to Finesse’s producing for Biggie on ‘Suicidal Thoughts.’ • Why Finesse’s third effort ‘The Awakening’ was his most personal album. • Getting the opportunity to work with jazz great Roy Ayers on ‘Soul Plan.’ • Record companies pushing artists to portray false images. • Working with a young Capone-N-Noreaga and producing ‘Channel 10.’ • Fat Boy Slim’s sampling of Finesse for the smash hit ‘The Rockafeller Skank.’ • Fellow D.I.T.C. member Fat Joe and his doing what it took to become a star. • Finesse producing one of Dr. Dre’s most introspective songs, ‘The Message.’ • Finesse’s philosophical side is explored about passion and purpose. • What made the 90’s so special and wanting to see hop hop evolve. Listen to “No Fear of Time” Black Star’s first album in 24 years. Only on Luminary.
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