The Awakening
The Awakening
Studio album by Lord Finesse


20 February 1996




Hip hop






Lord Finesse, Jesse West, Myke Loe

Lord Finesse chronology


Return of the Funky Man (1992)


From the Crates to the Files ...The Lost Sessions (2003)

The Awakening is the third album by American hip hop musician Lord Finesse, released in 1996 on Penalty Records. Unlike his first two albums, The Awakening features a large number of album guests and is predominantly produced by Lord Finesse himself. The album includes six interludes featuring spoken guest vocals by artists such as Doo-Wop, O.C., MC Lyte, Akinyele, Showbiz and Kid Capri. Rapped appearances are supplied by rappers such as O.C., KRS-One, A.G. and Diamond D. The album features the hit single "Hip 2 da Game" and the hidden posse cut "Actual Facts".

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Da Sermon (Intro)" - - Lord Finesse 2:16
2. "Time Ta Bounce" Doo-Wop - Lord Finesse 1:22
3. "True and Livin'" Lord Finesse Hall Lord Finesse 4:42
4. "O' Lord" O.C. - Lord Finesse 1:22
5. "Brainstorm/P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix)" O.C., Lord Finesse, KRS-One Credle, Hall, Parker Lord Finesse 4:46
6. "Taking It Lyte" MC Lyte Hall, Moorer Lord Finesse 1:06
7. "Gameplan" Lord Finesse Hall Lord Finesse 5:10
8. "Words from da Ak" Akinyele - Lord Finesse 1:34
9. "Flip da Style" Lord Finesse Hall Lord Finesse 3:43
10. "Showtime" Showbiz - Lord Finesse 1:04
11. "Speak Ya Peace" Lord Finesse, Marquee, Diamond D, A.G. Barnes, Ferguson, Hall, Kirkland Myke Loe 4:55
12. "Food for Thought" Lord Finesse Hall Lord Finesse 4:05
13. "Da Kid Himself" Kid Capri - Lord Finesse 0:45
14. "Hip 2 da Game" Lord Finesse Hall Lord Finesse 4:03
15. "No Gimmicks" Lord Finesse, KRS-One Hall, Parker Lord Finesse 5:47
16. "Actual Facts" Sadat X, Large Professor, Grand Puba, Lord Finesse Dixon, Hall, Mitchell, Murphy Myke Loe, Jesse West 5:09
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