Lord Finesse Talks Past And Present Production Influences

Having logged production credits for the likes of Notorious B.I.G. (“Suicidal Thoughts”), Dr. Dre (“The Message”) and Big L, Lord Finesse was sought out by the FLüD watch company to discuss production techniques as part of the “Beats Per Minute” video series. The acclaimed producer/emcee deflected praise, instead opting to shout out producers that have inspired him such as 9th Wonder, Jake One and some of his Golden Era contemporaries.

“I used to stay around Large Professor, Premier and hang with Da Beatminerz,” Finesse explained. “We all thrived off of what each other did production-wise.”

Finesse said it was common to drop between $2,000 and $3,000 in one visit to a record convention in order to add to his collection. And while some of that can be attributed to living up to his crew’s moniker—Digging In The Crates—he also collects vinyl for his job as a deejay and for personal enjoyment as well. Perhaps the influence of Lord Finesse and other crate diggers has made an influence in retail. Nielsen SoundScan reports that vinyl sales are up 41% through the first half of 2011, making it the only physical music format still growing in terms of sales.

“The knowledge of music is very important if you want to be in this game,” Lord Finesse added. “Who goes into a record convention and spends two or three grand? But these was essential things to the evolution of our production…it’s not about the records, and it’s not about the drum machine. It’s always about the creativity of the individual.”

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10 Comments

  • Bowski

    Finesse is classic plain and simple. Even though he rarely got his props, I always felt that he never had the right production to match his lyrics and style. When he did start making beats, he kinda stopped rhyming. I love the fact that he said he's a music fan too. As simple as it may sound, I think that is often over looked these days. Everybody thinks they're an A&R....

  • A F***** Legend

    it hurts to see somebody as talented as lord finesse be so underappreciated.

  • IDK

    i fuckin love that song, "Speak Ya Peace," playing in the beginning! Lord Finesse should start releasing more music! god, i miss his rhymes and beats!

  • Marcus Dislikesmartdumbpeople Eason

    CLASSIC!!!

  • TAYLORD

    NO SUCH THING AS BEING UNDERRATED, YOU EITHER DO IT OR DONT WHO CARES ABOUT A RATING/CRITIC? FINESSE DOPE AND WILL ALWAYS BE, DRE FELL OFF, AND FOCUS SHOULD BE THE ONE WITH MILLIONS. BUT THATS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR "UNDERRATED" LOL

  • Anonymous

    Damn I just pulled out the old Return of The Funky Man CASETTE this weekend. Finesse basically invented the multi-syllable rhyme style!!

    • Christopher English

      Actually vinyl sales have had a resurgence. New artists should press up a couple hundred lps. There are European stores that will snatch them up!

  • Anonymous

    Great interview from one of the most underrated producers and rappers in Hip Hop history. Creativity and actually listening to/enjoying the music are some of the things lacking with alot of producers in an age obsessed with drum machines and the likes. The Awakening still gets plays for me.

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