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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
I have to admit that I was shocked to read a few comments in my last post that a few people feel that Return of The Funky Man isn’t that great of an album. This is complete madness. As great as Funky Technician was, Finesse’s second album is my shit. This may be partly because when it came out I was temporarily without a turnatable and went through a period of buying tapes, but that cassette stayed in my Sony for years.
Here’s ten reasons why this album is awesome:
1. It features numerous appearences from the legendary Grandpa Finesse.
2. Much like Mecca and the Soul Brother, almost every song on Return… is at least four minutes long, making for about 70 minutes of classic D.I.T.C. beats.
3. The tape has an exclusive Showbiz produced song called “Hands In The Air, Mouth Is Shut”, which is fuckin’ dope.
4. The two tracks featuring Percee-P are two of the greatest displays of raw lyrics ever put down on record.
5. It’s the first and last time we’ll ever hear from Shell Rumble and the original Harry-O.
6.“I Like My Girls With A Boom” and “Save That Shit” are some of the most entertaining songs about broads ever.
7. The obligitory “Vapors” style song “Hey, Look At Shorty” is the greatest track of it’s type since, umm, “Vapors”.
8. If it wasn’t for this record, there’d be no “Yes, You May (Remix)”.
9. “Funky On The Fast Tip” is a rare chance to hear the Lord flexing over a beat faster than 92 BPM, if you care about that sort of thing for some bizarre reason.
10. Andre The Giant “gets hype and pulls out a can of brutality”.
If, for some inexplicable reason, you’re unfamiliar with the two Percee cuts, then download them shit’s post-haste. As good as “Lung Collapsing Lyrics” is, these two songs remain as the highlights in The Rhyme Inspector‘s discography. If you consider that he first kicked the “Yes, You May” verse on the radio in 1990, it’s easy to see just how far ahead of his time he was in terms of style and technique. Pure Bronx science, as they say. “Kickin’ Flavor…” is also outstanding as we witness Perc rocking an ill, ignorant style while still keeping his unfuckwittable patterns in check. It’s also finally available on vinyl thanks to the recent Traffic Entertainment 2LP reissue, having been stuck in bootleg hell for years (it was previously only on the white label version of From The Crares To The Files).
Lord Finesse feat. Percy P & Andre The Giant – Yes, You May [Return of the Funky Man, Giant, 1992]
Lord Finesse feat. Percy P – Kicking Flavor With My Man [Return of the Funky Man, Giant, 1992]
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