Finesse returned as a solo artist in late 1991 with his second effort, Return of the Funky Man. The album featured guest appearances from Percee P and AG. The album’s title track peaked at #13 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. « Return of the Funky Man » also included a couple of songs that was produced by Finesse himself and this would be the start of a career as a much respected hip-hop producer. In 1994, Finesse made a production appearance on The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic debut Ready to Die, on the track « Suicidal Thoughts ». In 1995, he produced a big portion of Big L’s debut album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, including the single ‘ »M.V.P. ». He finally returned as an artist in 1996 with the now rare 12 » single « Check The Method » and then the acclaimed album The Awakening. Finesse produced the entire album himself, and enlisted a large number of guests, including O.C., KRS-One, MC Lyte, Akinyele, Showbiz and A.G., Diamond D, and Kid Capri. The underground single « Actual Facts, » featuring Sadat X, Grand Puba and Large Professor, was included as a hidden track on the album.
Finesse hasn’t released a studio album since this effort, but has continued his production work. In 1997, he produced the title track to O.C.’s acclaimed effort Jewelz. Finesse released a mixtape called Diggin’ On Blue in 1999. Later in the year, he produced the track « The Message » on Dr. Dre’s seminal 2001 album. Finesse is currently working on a Funky Technician remix project, as well as a new D.I.T.C. album. Along with these projects, he and DJ Premier are working on a posthumous Big L album.
In 1998, Finesse provided the vocal sample on the hook to « The Rockafeller Skank », a hit single by British musician Fatboy Slim from his album You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby. The song features Finesse’s repeated line « Right about now, the funk soul brother. Check it out now, the funk soul brother. »
Lord Finesse returned to the mic on Handsome Boy Modeling School’s album « White People » in 2004. He was featured on the song entitled « Rock ‘N’ Roll (Could Never Hip-Hop Like This) pt. 2, collaborating with famous old-school DJ’s as QBert, Grand Wizard Theodore and Jazzy Jay. Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park make appearances as well as Rahzel of The Roots.
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