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In 1989, Finesse and his former partner DJ Mike Smooth signed to Wild Pitch Records.
In 1990, the duo released their debut album “The Funky Technician”. The album featured production from future star beat-makers DJ Premier, Diamond D and Showbiz. Soon after, the popular New York underground crew D.I.T.C., an acronym for 'Diggin In The Crates' was formed, together with Showbiz & AG and Diamond D. Future members included Fat Joe, O.C., and Buckwild. Finesse was responsible for discovering the late great Harlem rapper Big L.

Big L became his protege and one of the most memorable members of D.I.T.C.
Finesse returned as a solo artist in 1992 with his second effort, “Return of the Funky Man”. Return of the Funky Man also included a couple of songs that were produced by Finesse himself, and this would be the start of a career as a much-respected hip-hop producer.

In 1994, Finesse made a production appearance on The Notorious B.I.G.'s classic 5x Platinum debut Ready to Die, on the track “Suicidal Thoughts”.

In 1995, he produced a big portion of Big L's debut album “Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous”, including the single “M.V.P.” and also made an appearance on one of the album's highlight songs "Da Graveyard," which also was one of Jay-Z's first features. He finally returned as an artist in 1996 with the now rare 12" single “Check The Method” and then the acclaimed album “The Awakening”, Which featured the Single “Hip 2 Da Game” Finesse produced the entire album, and enlisted a large number of guests, including O.C., KRS-One, MC Lyte, Akinyele, Showbiz and A.G., Diamond D and Kid Capri. Except the underground single Actual Facts, featuring Sadat X, Grand Puba and Large Professor, was included as a hidden track on the album.

In 1997, he produced the title track to O.C.'s acclaimed effort “Jewelz” and also the track "Channel 10" off of Caponen-Noreaga's Certified Gold debut “The War Report”.

Later in the year, he produced the track “The Message” on Dr. Dre's 8x Platinum Chronic 2001 album. In 1999, Finesse provided the vocal sample on the hook to the International Smash “The Rockafeller Skank”, by British musician Fatboy Slim from his album “You've Come a Long Way, Baby”.

The song features Finesse's repeated line "Right about now, The funk soul brother. Check it out now, The funk soul brother".

He also did work on the big screen. First by scoring music for the independent film “Off The Hook”. He’s featured in Ice T's documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives Documentary, Hip Hop Evolution (Season 2: Episode 4 “New York State of Mind”). & D.I.T.C.’s Single & Video “Rock Shyt”, From their 2016 LP release “Sessions” in which he also produced several tracks. His song Hip 2 Da Game was influential & used in independent artist Mac Miller’s breakout single “Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza”.

Today, Finesse continues to be one of the most respected staples in hip-hop, Constantly touring internationally as an Iconic Artist, Producer & World Renowned DJ. Raps biggest names still seek him for everything from production to music business consultation. He is currently working on projects Next Level Nostalgia, Motown State of Mind, The Bossmen Compilation all due in 2020.