Get The Story Of Lord Finesse Discovering Big L In A Record Store (Audio)

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D.I.T.C.’s history is the kind of tales that legends are made of. From Diamond D discovering a young Fat Joe in the Bronx, “in Forest, across from Morris,” and putting him on Ultimate Force’s demo, to Afrika Bambaataa’s right-hand-man DJ Jazzy Jay taking Lord Finesse, Diamond, and Showbiz under his crate-raiding wing in the late ’80s, the Diggin’ crew has traces back to Hip-Hop’s origins. Another important story is how Lord Finesse, in his late ’80s, early ’90s glory as one of Rap’s illest triple-threats, discovered a young Lamont Coleman. Finesse would mentor Big L, and help the Harlem MC eventually sign a major label deal with Columbia. Heads know that Big L’s style is largely built on the Finesse foundation of confidence, swagger, and humor.

If you don’t know the whole story of Big L’s discovery, Finesse tells the Combat Jack Show the legend, along with recollections of his time rolling with The Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy in the early ’90s, plus working with Dr. Dre. As Lord Finesse remixed some of his own goodies on the new Diggin’ In The Crates remix project, now’s as good of a time as any to brush up on some critical Hip-Hop history…

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