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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lord Finesse/DJ Mike Smooth - The '89 Demos

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]


  1. Dope post as always. I caved in a couple weeks ago and dropped the paper on this. Not disappointed at all. They tried to be slick and send some Sons of Sam promo stickers to lure me into buying that EP as well. And guess what, it worked. Haha.

  2. I saw one copy up on the record wall at Big City Records (formerly The Sound Library) about 2 weeks ago here in NYC... Hopefully that shit is still there, lol. I passed on it for Positive K's Quarter Gram Pam single. Whoever wants a copy, I would try hitting up Big City Records NYC eBay page or call their store.

  3. justice: yeah it's totally understandable spending that much on something exclusive like this. i wouldn't mind having a copy of this myself but right now i'm poor as hell and it seems i never got any extra cash when these type of releases drops. oh well.

    brandon: that's ill, how much was it? you should definitely pick it up if it's still there and not to pricey. it must be amazing living in NYC as far as crate digging goes!

  4. how is that Sons Of Sam EP btw? i guess it's the one that was released in 2009 right?

  5. I've yet to receive it. I'll def. let you know. Judging by the snippets, I don't think I'll be disappointed.

  6. Can you re-up this, plz?