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Lord Finesse
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Birth name

Robert A. Hall Jr.

Also known as

The Funky Man, Underboss

Born

19 February 1970

Origin

The Bronx, New York, United States

Genres

Hip hop

Occupation(s)

Rapper, record producer, DJ

Years active

1989-present

Label

Wild Pitch Records (1989-1990)
EMI (1989-1990)
Warner Bros. Records (1989-1990)
Giant Records (1991-1992)
Reprise Records (1991-1992)
Penalty Recordings (1995-1996)
Underboss Entertainment (2005-2013)
Slice-of-Spice (2012-present)
Bossmen, LLC (2014-present)

Associated acts

Big L, Diamond D, Diggin' in the Crates Crew, DJ Mike Smooth, DJ Premier, Fat Joe, Jazzy Jay, O.C., Rhyme Syndicate, Showbiz and A.G.

Robert A. Hall Jr. (born February 19, 1970), better known by his stage name Lord Finesse, is an American rapper, record producer and DJ from The Bronx, New York. He is the founder of the East Coast hip hop collective Diggin' in the Crates Crew, and has helped artists such as AG, Big L and Showbiz begin their music careers.

In 1989, Hall signed with DJ Mike Smooth to Wild Pitch Records, and released the album Funky Technician in 1990. The album featured production from DJ Premier, Diamond D and Showbiz. Soon afterwards, Hall formed the Diggin' in the Crates Crew with Showbiz, AG and Diamond D, and they would later be joined by Fat Joe, O.C., Buckwild and Big L.

Hall split up with his DJ to release the solo album Return of the Funky Man in 1992, with the title track peaking at #13 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The album also included a few songs that were produced by Hall himself, and this would be the start of a career as a much respected hip hop producer. He made a production appearance on The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 debut album Ready to Die, on the final song "Suicidal Thoughts". In 1995, he produced a significant portion of Big L's debut album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, including the single "M.V.P.", and he also made a rapping appearance on the posse cut "Da Graveyard". That same year, he released his third studio album, The Awakening, which he produced solely by himself and enlisted a large number of vocal guests, including O.C., KRS-One, MC Lyte, Sadat X, Grand Puba, Large Professor, Akinyele, Showbiz, AG, Diamond D and Kid Capri.

Hall has not released a studio album since The Awakening, but has continued his production work. He notably produced the song "The Message" from Dr. Dre's album 2001. Since signing a distribution deal with record label Slice-of-Spice in 2012, Hall has released numerous instrumental and remix projects.

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