Finale Hits The Road To Promote A Pipe Dream And A Promise



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.

Finale, who is renowned for his intense live shows, looks forward to the upcoming dates. “I’m excited about hitting the road steadily again. It’s going to be dope because most of the dates are with Invincible.” In particular, Finale is excited for his album release party because of the NYC-centric line up, including DJ House Shoes, 5 Ela, Niacal Youngstarz, and many more artists who will be performing at the show.

Finale recently released Super Finale, an innovative, Super Mario Bros-themed video game, starring Finale as the main character, in which fans can win track the track “One Man Show” from the album upon completion of the game. A Pipe Dream And A Promise features production from J Dilla as well as Nottz, Flying Lotus, Oddisee, MPhazes, and Black Milk, who produced the album’s lead single “Motor Music.”

The Dates:

Finale & Hassaan Mackey
What: Hip Hop Discussion Panel
When: March 27, 2009
Where: Western Michigan University

Finale, Invincible, 5 Ela, Niacal Youngstarz
Special guests: Spier1200, Apollo Brown, The Gorilla Funk Mob with Allan Barnes, and many more; DJs: House Shoes, K Fresh, Sicari & Sean Doe
What: A Pipe Dream and a Promise Album Release Party
When: April 4, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Elements Gallery, 2125 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 Age: 18+

The Palestinian hip-hop crew Dam, Rebel Diaz, Invincible, Finale, DJ Oja
What: Homeland Hip Hop: A Benefit Show for the Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine
When: April 7, 2009, Doors open @ 8pm, Show begins @9pm
Where: Southpaw, 125 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn NY
How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Finale & Invincible
What: A Pipe Dream and a Promise Listening Party
When: April 8, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Homebase NYC Wednesdays

Finale, Marv Won, Sincere
Where: Mac’s Bar, Lansing, MI
When: April 9, 2009 @ 9pm

Finale, Vandaylyzm, Black Spade, Gotta Be Karim & Rockwell Knuckles
When: April 10, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: The Gramaphone 4243 Manchester Avenue, Saint Louis, MO

Finale & Invincible
When: April 11, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
Where: Ohio University, Athens, OH

Finale, DJ Sean Doe, Prime, Thaione Davis and more
When: April 12th, 2009
Where: Dark Room, 2210 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL

Finale, Moe Dirdee and more
When: April 16, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: The Bullfrog – Redford, MI

Finale & Invincible
When: April 18, 2009
Where: TBA, Baltimore, MD

Finale & Invincible
When: April 21, 2009
Where: TBA, Washington, D.C

Zion I, Thaione Davis, Finale
What: Thaione Davis Album Release Party
When: May 7, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Morseland, 1218 W. Morse Ave., Rogers Park Chicago, IL

Finale, Invincible, Hassaan Mackey, DJ Quarter Pound
When: April 22, 2009 @ 9pm
Where: Dubland Underground, 315 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607

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The Background:

Before making his entrance into hip-hop, Finale worked as an automotive engineer promising to one day follow his dream of becoming a rapper. Making the rounds at local Detroit open mics and emcee battles, Finale began to mingle with local talents like Guilty Simpson and One.Be.Lo. After emailing some joints back and forth with J Dilla, Finale finally met him backstage at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival), where Dilla introduced him to Madlib, saying that he was one of the best in the game. “It was an honor and definitely a defining moment,” says Finale. After realizing his passion and talent for hip-hop, Finale decided to finally quit his day job, follow his true passion, and make music a full-time career. After a handful of Fat Beats released singles, an album released with European producer Spier 1200 as a part of The Rawkus 50, and numerous appearances on independent releases from Invincible, eLZhi and others, Finale’s official debut LP, A Pipe Dream & A Promise, will be released in stores and online on Aptil 7th via Interdependent Media.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian “ID” Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K’naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit