Roddy Rod of the Maspyke and Low Budget Crew is giving away the single “Keep Transit” from his Oakwood Grain II project. Detroit rapper Finale, Muhsinah and Bilal Salaam all have guest appearances on the track.
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“I’m struggling ’cause losing you was some cruel and confusing ish…”
Critical Praise for Finale:
“Finale’s latest… shows his perseverance paying creative dividends. Grand Finale.” – Chairman’s Choice Feature, XXL
“Abrasive, impassioned, and heartfelt” and: “A Pipe Dream And A Promise is a solid first effort not to be denied. Motor music indeed.” – URB.com
“Finale’s debut album may be the rap fan’s rap scene fan’s rap record: really, really unflashy, and really, really good.” – CokeMachineGlow.com
“Finale’s mic presence channels Rakim… You would be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring artist in 2009 than this talented and righteous emcee right here.” – HipHopDX.com
“Finale is clearly running Detroit where rhymes are concerned.” – Frank151.com
“He brings the best of the city (Detroit) on wax, with an old school mindset and plenty of originality to match. Finale does what the name suggests, providing hard-hitting wit, optimal word play and nimble ability to ride a beat like a Yamaha.” – AllHIpHop.com
This bonus track off of Finale’s A Pipe Dream & A Promise is a haunting remembrance of his producer and friend, J Dilla. The beat stays true to the art that was Dilla’s production, featuring his trademark samples of jazzy rhythms, electric piano melodies, and a flowing backup vocal that give the beat its own human quality. Over this, Finale tells us the tale of a man from Detroit, a boy named James Yancey, who rose to local fame by making music for his city and his people. The story progresses to the time when Finale and J Dilla met, and from here it was a bond that not even Dilla’s passing could break. Though it is clear he misses his friend, Finale finds the good in it all, telling us, “STOP: Don’t mourn him, think of it like your man on tour, and God knew to set him free and he repped the D…” A Pipe Dream & A Promise contains several songs that send a shout to Dilla, and this track wraps up the album like the postscript of a long, inspired letter that reads: P.S. I will never forget J Dilla. Rest in peace.
Beneath Detroit’s withering economy and problematic infrastructure the city’s musical reputation is the only thing that continues to grow. Hip-Hop reached a zenith in the ‘90s with Awesome Dre, Esham, Slum Village, D12, and Eminem who became a major pop culture fixture. The 2006 death of J.Dilla founder of Slum Village and described as a “drum god” by Kanye West for his masterful production morphed him into a musical deity. Dilla worked with various artists within in his hometown using his rhythms to elevate their style. Someone complained and said it is a trend for so many artists to say they are applying a posthumous Dilla rhythm to their project. But the proliferation of his music is the testimony of his influence within the beat mines of hip-hop. Finale is another rapper who crossed paths with James Yancey and had the blessing to pick a beat from the man while he was alive. But Finale is not projecting his importance to the audience with references to Dilla because the native eastsider is too concerned with autobiography and the condition of the city. He is not uncommon for rapping about his adept facility like most of his ilk but it is the absence of profanity, his no-frills persona and unfaltering alliance with Invincible, a superb female rapper also a Detroit native that individualizes him. “Locusts” was their response to gentrification in the Motor City represented by a film clip directed by Kareem Edouard Song that served as a music video and documentary with mini interviews from residents in between performance footage. Previously he worked in the auto industry and left before he received the inevitable fate of downsizing. He promised himself that he would commit to no more than six months in the music business if he found no success. However, constant victories within every cipher he entered through the years earned him a confidence lifting stage name. Last month he released his second official album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise which follows up ’07’s Develop with Spier 1200. The project is already a critical success and fans have found one more reason to follow Detroit’s scene. Finale’s flourishing buzz is happening as a third wave of hip-hop artists are emerging including his rhyme partner Invincible, Black Milk, a solo Elzhi,Illa J, veteran Royce Da 5′ 9″ and Guilty Simpson. In this interview Finale tells his story and builds anticipation for an upcoming song with Bahamadia, a CD produced by Houseshoes and reveals the obscure fact that a member of The Cold Crush Brothers lives in Michigan.
Going through withdrawal for some new Finale before the official debut album drops? No worries, we’ve got you covered. With a release date right around the corner, some artists would be celebrating, resting on their laurels even. For Finale, whose debut album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise, is being released April 7 via Interdependent Media, rest is not an option. Finale is staying hard at work in the studio, and instead of hogging all that good music for himself, he has teamed up again with the Bay Area’s DJ King Most to release a mega-mix of the pre-album, T.I.M.E. (Think. Innovate. Move. Endure.) for free download.
On April 7, Detroit emcee Finale will be releasing his debut album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise via Interdependent Media. Fresh off a string of successful shows at SXSW in Austin, TX, Finale will be hitting the road again to promote and support the new album, performing spot dates around the country throughout April and into May. Although not an official tour for A Pipe Dream And A Promise, fans will have a chance to see Finale perform tracks from the new album, which has already garnered strong reviews. Accompanying Finale for a number of the dates will be fellow Detroit emcee, Invincible, whose long-awaited 2008 offering, Shapeshifters was met with high acclaim.
(Feb 2, 2009 – Brooklyn, NY) Finale, part of the new vanguard of Detroit emcees, will release his debut album A Pipe Dream and a Promise on April 7th, 2009 via Interdependent Media. A former automotive engineer, Finale has experienced firsthand what embodies the spirit of a city that is steeped in such a rich musical and motor history. Using his experiences as his muse, Finale delves into deeply personal issues on A Pipe Dream and a Promise where his “pipe dream” of a rap career takes fruition and the “promises” he has made to himself and others finally become realities. To promote the album, Interdependent Media will soon reveal an online video game reminiscent of Super Mario Brothers starring Finale that will allow fans to win a free Finale remix track by completing the game. Interdependent Media will also be giving away limited edition coloring books featuring Finale and other iM artists.