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  • Lord Finesse remembers working with Notorious BIG on the classic "Suicidal Thoughts"

    The late great Notorious B.I.G.’sSuicidal Thoughts” may arguably be one of the most prominent tracks on the late rapper’s debut album, Ready To Die, but according to Lord Finesse, he was a little leery of what Biggie had in store for the beat which he produced.

    As a producer, rapper and founding member of the legendary D.I.T.C. crew, Lord Finesse has long established his hip hop legend credentials. Through both his own classic albums, including 1990's Funky Technician and 1991's Return of the Funky Man, and production for others (Dr. Dre, Big L, Notorious B.I.G. among others), Finesse's soul-drenched samples and clever wordplay routinely place him near the top of many Hip Hop's Best Producers lists.

    In the latest episode of Crate Diggers ( Finesse delves into his collection and tells the stories behind his most famous tracks. Lord Finesse shared the details of his interactions with Biggie and the initial shock he felt after being informed that his beat was used on Ready To Die’s closing song, “Suicidal Thoughts.”

    When I heard this dude, it started with the ‘Party & Bullshit’ remix. When I had a chance to really hear this dude flow I knew he was exceptional then. Just his flow, 'cause it just bounced all over and it came back on beat. I’m playing him beats and he picks this just God-forsaken, don’t-let-me-catch-you-in-the-alley beat. I’m like, ‘What you gonna do with that?’…As a producer I don’t wanna just sell you a beat to make a dollar. I want to make sure you gonna do something incredible with it and I never heard the record until it came out. And when I heard it it was just like crazy. I just remember somebody telling me ‘Yo, your joint made the album’…It actually closes the album. I was shocked.

    Check out video footage of this interview with Lord Finesse below:

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