Happy New Year! I hope you and your family have a great 2013.
I posted this issue because of the Lord Finesse “The Awakening” review. Oddly, The Source actually published a Lord Finesse interview, advertisement, and record review all in this same issue, which was very rare. Anyway, I remember buying that CD and being annoyed with the brief interludes but enjoying his overall "new" sound. I was surprised that Finesse had moved further into the production side of the business as well, following his D.I.T.C. brethren. I would have given the album 4 mics and I was shocked to see that Kriss Kross, Eazy E, and Coolio all received higher ratings than Lord Finesse. But Finesse struck back, though, in a very diplomatic way. In the April 1996 issue, he wrote a letter to the The Source, which they published, essentially asking why they had someone unfamiliar with his music history writing a record review. I completely agree. My only problem with Finesse was what happened after this album? Was the production route that much better financially?
The Fat Tape is included...