Over a decade ago, Finale proved his dedication to hip hop by quitting his day job for a career as a rapper. Being a Detroit native meant he had to fight for recognition in the hotbed of talent that produced the likes of Eminem, Xzibit, Big Sean, Dej Loaf and Danny Brown. But Finale managed to make a name for himself, eventually getting to work with the legendary J Dilla. His skills saw him share studio space with Invincible, Dabrye and other respected Motor City MCs. Finale finally dropped his debut ‘Pipe Dream and a Promise’ in 2009, but shortly after began what would be a five-year hiatus.
On his return this year, Finale found his way to Mello Music the independent label on which he would release his latest recording ‘Odds & Ends‘. The project is more or less a collab with Oddisee who produced and mixed all the album’s eleven songs. ‘Plain View’ additionally features vocals from New Jersey singer Bilal Salaam, not to be confused with the Soulquarians Bilal. Those familiar with Oddisee’s work will recognize the Plain View instrumental from the tail end of ‘After Thoughts’, the first track on the Washington D.C. rapper/producer’s 2013 album ‘The Beauty in All’. Finale’s voice introduces itself amid the bass and guitar twang as the conversational growl of a man lost in his thoughts. He is critiquing himself, society and his peers all in one long-drawn breath.
I worry Finale is taking himself a bit too seriously for listeners to relate.
Miami Based, Internationally Known