Revered lyricist Lord Finesse – who discovered
Big L – is not impressed with much of the talent in hip-hop these days and
refuses to look to radio for any inspiration.
“So many ni**as is wack. If this is the
best that the game got, I don’t need to be rhyming, because it’s not
a challenge. There’s few cats that make you step your game up,” The
Bronx native told AllHipHop.com. “Sure there’s a Nas, a Jay, a Luda,
or a Jadakiss that makes me wanna step it up, but not many.”
After a scheduled Kool G Rap concert, Ness made
an impromptu performance at SOBs club in New York that had the hip-hop crowd
clamoring for more.
Ness said the mainstreaming of rap is now running
“There’s so much commercial bullsh*t
out there, it doesn’t stimulate my mind. When I came up you had Kool G
Rap, and Rakim, and KRS-One, and Public Enemy, Scarface, N.W.A., and the standards
was bananas. You couldn’t be wack! Now? Come on, man,” he shouted.
To reacquaint fans with his past, Finesse is
dropping documentary DVD and a new remix to his album, Return of the Funky
Man, 15 years after its initial release.
“I think people are asking for it. I get
a lot where people’ll hear that album and say, ‘Man, that sh*t could
rock now,’” he said. “It’s 15 years later. I want to educate
cats who ain’t up on me. So when I do something new, they know what to
expect. ‘Cuz a lot of cats don’t know who Lord Finesse is. So with
a DVD coming out, I gotta let cats know.”