Posted on Tuesday 30 June 2015
In 2008, an amazing CMG review of one of the most significant albums of the late aughts introduced me to two of the Detroit area’s finest rappers, Invincible and Finale. The following year, Finale would go on to release A Pipe Dream and a Promise, showcasing his unique flow, voice, and subject matter over beats from some of the finest producers of the day: Black Milk, Khrysis, Kev Brown, Oddisee, Flying Lotus, J Dilla… It was and is a fantastic album, and for me was only topped that year by the Oddisee-produced Diamond District debut.
After a number of fantastic collaborations (most notably the Oddisee remix of “Don’t Sleep”), Oddisee hinted that a fully-Oddisee-produced album was soon to come. Oddisee even dedicated a track from his 2010 instrumental Odd Spring EP beat tape to Finale. But life happens. Finale got married, had a son, focused on supporting his family with his day job, and the project understandably sat unfinished/unreleased.
Today Finale & Oddisee released the first track from that album, and Finale gave a short but honest interview to The Huffington Post. I can’t wait to hear the rest. Odds & Ends is available for pre-order, due August 15th.