Back in the late '80s a group of talented battle rhymers and DJ's constantly practiced their skills in Forrest Project, Bronx. This would eventually form the nucleus of what would be known to the world as the D.I.T.C. crew, a gang of Bronx's finest rhymers and DJ's/producers. The first of the posse to catch a deal was MC Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth who in 1989 signed to, at the time, one of hip-hop's heaviest labels in Wild Pitch Records.
With the help of a young DJ Premier as well as D.I.T.C. brothers Showbiz, Diamond D and AG the duo released their 1990 debut "Funky Technician" on the label. The witty punchline raps and his perfect timing coupled with Smooth's turntable skills and the James Brown sampling production together created a memorable album. One that today stands as one of the true timeless classics of the early '90s.
In 2008, Vinyl Addicts released a limited pressing of 200 copies of previosuly unreleased demo tracks, that might have been the demo that got the duo signed to Wild Pitch. The piece of vinyl is titled the "Funky Dope Maneuver" EP and features five exclusive songs as well as a demo version of "Back to Back" and a bonus freestyle called "Let The Music Play". The EP/mini-album clocks in at 36 minutes and is essential listening to for any 'Ness and D.I. follower. Since you don't have much chance of copping this now (unless you got 200 dollars to spend), I uploaded it below. Enjoy!
01. "Funky Dope Maneuver"
02. "No Stoppin'"
03. "Bust A Move"
04. "Sexual Healin'"
05. "Bust A Lil'" [Nautilus Version]
08. "Back to Back" [Demo Version]
09. "Let The Music Play" [Freestyle]