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Finale A Pipe Dream And A Promise Interdependent Media • 2009

A pamphlet of blue-collar heroism, a story that has never been more relevant than in today’s economic slump. Get out of the dirt and follow your dreams, an adagio where ninety percent of the Motor Citizens can relate to, that’s what 'A Pipe Dream and A Promise' really is. Besides that, it’s the introduction of Finale to a wider audience, after being one of the highlights in Rawkus' impressive talent contest '50 Emcees', releasing 'Develop' with Spier1200 and working with Invincible on both Dabrye’s album and the Dirty District compilation.

Seemingly effortless he manages to touch the mic with a hunger reminiscing of Phat Kat’s 'Wolves'. Raspy, nasal (sometimes even rhyming with more alliteration than pronunciation), but effectively, with a dagger clasped between his teeth, his targeting voice flows fluently over any type of beat, whether it be merely drums stripped to the bone ('Beat The Drums'), an up-tempo, swirling and a-typical Black Milk production ('One Man Show', that differs from the more typical Milk beat of 'Motor Music' where hard-hitting snares meet ominous synth loops), a stumbling, hypnotic trademark Kev Brown beat on 'Style', or a tickling guitar lick in 'Pay Attention'.

At the same time this album pays homage to hip-hop legacy in an interesting way as it contains intermissions by the 'Godfather of Detroit Rap' Awesome Dre (remember his Hardcore Committee) and The Bronx Puerto Rican Prince Whipper Whip (Cold Crush Brothers, Fantastic Four) sharing their vision on hip-hop today and how it used to be. And of course Finale had to conclude his solo album with a homage (produced by Flying Lotus) to Jay Dee (who apparently once claimed that Finale is 'the best MC in Detroit') while the Dilla produced 'Heat' ('be a needle we need you to get in the groove') painfully marks what great collaborations they could’ve made together.

With one of the most distinctive flows and voice timbres in the underground today, Finale easily proves why he’s our top three-pick of the Rawkus 50 series. Every track is produced by a different beatsmith (only Nottz and Black Milk have two) who’s not per se from Detroit (and therefore adding different sounds) and the lyricism is A-level throughout the whole record (Invincible being the only guest on the Khrysis-produced 'The Waiting Game') and proves that every aspiring or beginning rapper has to hold on to his dreams…promise!

POSTED ON 03|06|2009 by cpf

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