Shabaam Sahdeeq revisits the days of Rawkus, his time inside, and recording “5 Star Generals” at DJ Spinna‘s house with a young Marshall Mathers. I definitely remember a time when it wasn’t so strange to catch “Arabian Knights” on Hot 97 a few times a week. Directed by Media Gasface.
As a bonus…here’s the aforementioned banger that put him on the map:
“Lord Finesse: The craziest thing about that battle to this day is that a motherfucker actually had a camera to tape it. You know that’s when something is highly anticipated – when the camera’s on hand, especially back in those days. Because niggas wasn’t videotaping no rap battles. I can’t even recall somebody videotaping a rap battle from that era.”
The above quote is from Ego Trip Land‘s interview with Finesse about his epic battle with The Rhyme Inspector, Percee P (reading that comes highly recommended…and a little late in posting, sorry). The interview was a pre-cursor to Thursday night’s showing of SBX!, a film which featured both Bronx heavyweights revisiting that legendary moment in ’89 (see below).
The footage is pretty gritty, but you can definitely HEAR it. The presence of the Mr. Softee ice cream truck in Part 2 is amazing.
Lord Finesse Vs. Percee P, Part 1
Lord Finesse Vs. Percee P, Part 2
Big up the other sites who beat us to the punch (in posting the battle footage): GG and 2DB.
But because we are who we are, here are some extra goodies to fulfill those historian needs of yours.
First, most people know Finesse from his royal roots in the D.I.T.C. family tree, but for a hot minute, the punchline kingpin was runnin’ with a West Coast underworld unit called The Rhyme Syndicate, led by none other than Ice-T. Here’s the proof of such allegations.
Second, I bring you some 90′s NYC public access footage from Getto Video/Getoe TV with Percee P rhymin’ alongside Fat Joe and a young Eminem (two different years). Coincidentally, P’s verse with Joey originally appeared on “Yes You May,” off of Finesse’s Return Of The Funky Man LP.
As a final installment, more Getoe TV (??? what is good with those cats misspelling “ghetto” two different ways?!?!?!) with Percee P and DMX, spilling his side of the story regarding the beef with K-Solo. Both spit a verse (though P runs the same verse as he did with Em), but the real gem is how VERY unedited the footage is. Comedy. How To Record A Video Drop 101. It is cool to see the amount of love both MC’s have for each other, though (aaaannnnd…pause).