With Finesse & Slice-of-Spice gearing up to release the prequel to Return of the Funky Man, the indie label has been on a deep promo run, releasing free downloads and snippets here and there. For Funky Man: The Prequel, the album was painstakingly re-mastered. First offering is the original version of Fat For the 90s produced by Diamond D. Hit the jump for an alternate version of No Gimmicks which KRS-One re-recorded and added some new lyrics to the 1995 classic. Album drops in April.
Finesse recently returned from a trip to Japan where he rocked a slew of venues, and tore it down as he usually does out there everywhere. While out in Tokyo, he recorded a live set spinning a bunch of rare groove, breaks and more obscure samples including some Japanese breaks (such as that first joint which sounds like some Barry White x Love Unlimited Orchestra-ish, circa 1973). Look for part 2 coming next week. Peace to Finesse and my mans Richard.
Video footage of the Funky Technician performing at the Sound Academy in Toronto last night. Up top, Finesse makes his own epic rant, better than ‘Ye’s before letting DJ Precision hit the decks for a routine. After the break, catch a clip of Finesse’s entrance and performance of Praise the Lord and another clip of Finesse performing Mac Miller’sHip 2 Da Game.
We had a chance to sit down with Legendary Percee P & Lord Finesse during Hiphop history month, which celebrates 25 years of a historical rap battle by these two. It is extremely rare to have any member of DITC in the building so we were ready for this! Take a journey into the careers of Lord Finesse & Percee P. Big up Beat Bop Scholar for sharing his Percee P gems with us and Strictly Cassette for blessing us with the ILL tapes!
For those of you that have been following Mac Miller for longer than his debut album, will probably remember Kool-Aid and Frozen Pizza. A track off his K.I.D.S. mixtape that sampled Lord Finesse’s Hip 2 Da Game. Well.. it looks like the unauthorized sample might cost the Pittsburgh kid $10 Million as Finesse has filed a lawsuit. After hearing of the actions taken against him, Mac took to Twitter to express his thoughts.
I’m supposed to be on hush but lemme speak on this real quick. 1. I made that record and video as nothing more than an 18 year old kid who wanted to rhyme and pay homage, no other intentions. 2. Finesse and I spoke on the phone for an hour after he heard the record and cleared the air. We even planned to work on music together. 3. All I wanted to do is shed light on a generation that inspired me. 4. When I heard there was a problem, I reached out to him to try and solve it. No response. 5. Finesse never cleared the Oscar Peterson sample on the original record. I did nothing wrong. We spoke on the phone had a good conversation, he was cool with the record. It’s all love tho. I ain’t even mad at dude. He still a legend. Lord Finesse, thank you for what u did for hip hop. Thank you for bringing my favorite rapper into the game. I should just drop some new music.
This morning Finesse jumped on his Twitter and gave his response as well.
1. I appreciate Mac’s kind words but his people did not handle his business correctly. 2. Basics – Mixtapes are one thing, but you can’t take someone’s else’s entire song, shoot a music video and call it your own. 3. Mac’s on the top of his game right now. I wish him the best in Europe and I hope to hear from him besides on Twitter.
The last mention leaves light that things could possibly be worked out IMO but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Once again, back is the incredible…. Slice-of-Spice Records, with yet another contest giveaway. This time, Slice has teamed up with Wax Poetics Japan and Lord Finesse for an upcoming issue of the print magazine. In this issue, journalist David Ma (of Ego Trip, XLR8R, The Source, URB, etc) sat down with Finesse for one of the most in-depth interviews ever conducted with The Funkyman. The issue has already been released in Japan, but the dopehouse and Slice are giving one lucky tweeter the opportunity to win a signed flexi disc of Check the Method rmx which is available in the new Wax Poetics issue. All you have to do is Retweet this when it publishes at @2dopeposts and include @Slice_of_Spice in the tweet. Simple ain’t it?
The Funkyman & Slice-of-Spice continue to pump out quality, previously unreleased, rare and remastered hits from the vaults of the DITC alumni. Next up is the remix to Kicking Flavor With My Man featuring fellow BX legend Percee P. Artwork by the one-and-only Joe Buck, which is “a throwback to the original Patterson Project battle in the Summer of ’89.” Crispy! So here’s your chance to win a signed silver copy of this on wax: All you have to do is head over to the Slice-of-Spice Facebook page and Like them. Lord Finesse will then choose a winner randomly himself. Get to clicking and good luck!
Speaking of Slice-of-Spice, we’ve teamed back up with them for another vinyl contest giveaway. This time, up for grabs is Lord Finesse’s remastered Hands In the Air, Mouth Shut remix instrumental. Previously released on cassette tape only, Slice has painstakingly remastered it, remixed it and pressed it on a limited edition 7″ flexi disc. So, how do you win? Simply visit the Soundcloud link and drop a comment on what they enjoy most about the remix. Easy, si?
Previously a cassette tape only bonus, Slice-of-Spice Records has re-liberated this rare Lord Finesse, Showbiz produced joint for the masses. Pressed on a 7″ plate, this new release is yet another notch in their on-going Signature Seven series and will feature a newly mastered vocal mix, instrumental, plus the flip will feature the Large Pro remix to Isn’t He Something. Pre-order here. Out March 23rd at the usual suspects, Fat Beats, HHV, UGHH, etc.
With the first week of the New Year out of the way, the fine folks at Slice-of-Spice are back to the grind, gearing up to release an assemblage of new (and old) Lord Finesse material. In 2011, Finesse released the first in The Art of Diggin’ mix series, featuring rare groove, library record sounds and just plain ill digs. This second installment is no different, with the exception of the focus being on Blue Note Records cuts, in similar fashion to the Diggin’ On Blue mixed CD sessions that dropped in the late 90s. Sales for the CD are being taken now right here while snippets can found below. For the dopehouse, we have an exclusive premiere set to be featured on the flexi-disc, plus, we’re giving you all the chance to win a signed copy of the flexi (which has been sold out already, limited to 150 copies). To win, simply head to Twitter and tweet me with the hashtags #2dopeboyz, #Slice-of-Spice and this link. Easy, right? We’ll randomly choose a winner on Monday afternoon.