Lord Finesse ‎– The Awakening

Penalty Recordings ‎– PREPV3035, Penalty Recordings ‎– PREP3035, Penalty Recordings ‎– PREP 3039
Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Da Sermon (Intro)
A2 Time Ta Bounce (Interlude)
Featuring – Doo-Wop From Da Bounce Squad*
A3 True And Livin'
Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Gordon WilliamsOther [Recorded And Mixed At] – Chung King Studios, New York, NY.Written-By – R. Hall*
A4 O' Lord (Interlude)
Featuring – O.C.
A5 Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix)
Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Troy HightowerFeaturing – KRS-One, O.C.Written-By – K. Parker*, O. Credle*, R. Hall*
A6 Taking It Lyte (Interlude)
Featuring – MC LyteWritten By – Lord Finesse, MC Lyte
A7 Gameplan
Backing Vocals [Additional] – Melanie "Missy" CoakleyEngineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chris "Conman" Conway*Featuring – MarqueeWritten-By – R. Hall*
A8 Actual Facts (Bonus Track)
Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By [Uncredited] – Chris "Conman" Conway*Featuring – Grand Puba, Large Professor, Sadat XProducer [Uncredited] – Jesse West, Myke Loe*Written-By [Uncredited] – D. Murphy*, J. West*, M. Dixon*, M. Loe*, R. Hall*, W. Mitchell*
B1 Words From Da Ak (Interlude)
Featuring – Akinyele
B2 Flip Da Style
Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chris "Conman" Conway*Written-By – R. Hall*
B3 Showtime (Interlude)
Featuring – Showbiz
B4 Speak Ya Peace
Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chris "Conman" Conway*Featuring – A.G.*, Diamond*, MarqueeProducer – Myke Loe*Written-By – A. Barnes*, J. Kirkland*, M. Ferguson*, R. Hall*
B5 Food For Thought
Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chris "Conman" Conway*Written-By – R. Hall*
B6 Da Kid Himself (Interlude)
Featuring – Kid Capri
B7 Hip 2 Da Game
Engineer, Mixed By – Troy HightowerEngineer, Recorded By – Chris "Conman" Conway*Written-By – R. Hall*
B8 No Gimmicks
Engineer, Mixed By – Tony SmaliosEngineer, Recorded By – Chris "Conman" Conway*Featuring – KRS-OneWritten-By – K. Parker*, R. Hall*
Limited Edition Instrumental Vinyl
C1 Time Ta Bounce (Interlude) (Instrumental)
C2 True And Livin' (Instrumental)
C3 O' Lord (Interlude) (Instrumental)
C4 Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix) (Instrumental)
C5 Taking It Lyte (Interlude) (Instrumental)
C6 Gameplan (Instrumental)
D1 Flip Da Style (Instrumental)
D2 Showtime (Interlude) (Instrumental)
D3 Speak Ya Peace (Instrumental)
Producer – Myke Loe*
D4 Food For Thought (Instrumental)
D5 Da Kid Himself (Interlude) (Instrumental)
D6 Hip 2 Da Game (Instrumental)
D7 No Gimmicks (Instrumental)



Tracks A3, A7, B2, B5, B7 recorded and mixed at Chung King Studios, New York, NY.
Track A5 recorded and mixed at Soundtrack Studios, New York, NY.
Track B4 recorded and mixed at Giant Studios, New York, NY.
Track B8 recorded at Powerplay Studios, L.I.C., NY.
Tracks A4, A6, B6 mixed at Chung King Studios, New York, NY.
Track A1, A2, B3 mixed at Giant Studios, New York, NY.
Track B1 mixed at Powerplay Studios, L.I.C., NY.

Edited at Battery Studios, New York, NY.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.

KRS-One appears courtesy of JIVE Records.
Kid Capriappears courtesy of Columbia Records.
MC Lyte appears courtesy of First Priority / Atlantic Records.
Diamond appears courtesy of Mercury Records.
Akinyele appears courtesy of Loud / RCA Records.

Track A8 "Actual Facts (Bonus Track)" is credited on the sticker and misprinted on the cover and labels.

US pressing of "The Awakening" album with bonus Instrumental LP.
(note: some copies has white labeled Instrumental Vinyl)

Cat#: PREPV3035 - The Awakening (cover)
Cat#: PREP3035 - The Awakening (labels)
Cat#: PREP 3039 - Limited Edition Instrumental Vinyl (labels)

Manufactured and Distributed by Tommy Boy Music, Inc.
Printed in Canada.

℗ © 1995 Penalty Recordings.
(note: Instrumental Vinyl has a different date at copywrite signs "℗ © 1996 Penalty Recordings".)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 708047303510
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, hand etched): PREP ̶P̶R̶-3035A RE1 DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, stamped): PREP 3035-1-B, SRC
  • Matrix / Runout (C-side, stamped): PREP-3039-A, SRC
  • Matrix / Runout (D-side, stamped): PREP-3039-B-Re, SRC

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PREPCD3035 Lord Finesse The Awakening(CD, Album) Penalty Recordings PREPCD3035 US 1995 Sell This Version
PREP3037, PREP3035, PREPV3037 Lord Finesse The Awakening(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Penalty Recordings (3), Penalty Recordings (3), Penalty Recordings (3) PREP3037, PREP3035, PREPV3037 Unknown Sell This Version
PREP 3035, PREP 3039 Lord Finesse The Awakening(LP, Album + LP + , Promo, Ltd) Penalty Recordings, Penalty Recordings PREP 3035, PREP 3039 US 1995 Sell This Version
FLELP-404 Lord Finesse Awakenings(LP, Unofficial) FLE FLELP-404 Unknown Sell This Version
PREPC 3035 SR Lord Finesse The Awakening(Cass, Album, Promo) Penalty Recordings PREPC 3035 SR US 1995 Sell This Version


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October 22, 2014
I agree the skits had some great beats, I just wish Lord Finesse made a full song with some of them


August 4, 2013
It was the 90s and I had disposable income. One of my routines: Buy the magazine Hip Hop Connection, read the reviews, go to the record shop (Arcade Records RIP), listen to the records in their booth. That would explain why even now I ask “Who’s Lord Finesse?”.
The Awakening is pretty lyrically solid. Standouts are Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix), Gameplan and Speak Ya Peace, but I would question styling the LP “Conscious.” Although to be fair Lord Finesse does keep the Hip Hop sexism clichés to the bare minimum.
It’s the bonus instrumental LP that truly shines. All killer, no filler. Particular killers of note are True And Livin,' which perversely sounds better than the vocal track, as well as Food For Thought, Hip 2 Da Game and No Gimmicks.
With it’s fine production The Awakening is a a worthy member of the Golden Age of Hip Hop (the 1990s). Back then, like now, great female MCs were few and far between. So, whatever happened to Marquee?


November 4, 2009

Lord Finesse is back with his third release, The Awakening. The Awakening is a great album, full of classic dope beats and features some great collaboration tracks with artists such as Oc, Krs-One, Ag and Diamond D to name a few. Production wise I cant fault this album. The beats are full of deep funky bass, sampling from many soul and jazz songs , great vocals and rhyming, and a certain funky sound that you expect from a Lord Finesse album. The track Actual facts is arguably the best song of the album, the whole album is a timeless master piece.

There is only one draw back with this Lord Finesse release the number of interludes and skits on this album, 7 in total, but they are laced with some off the best beats I’ve heard by Lord Finesse. Don’t let that put you off buying a great album from the golden years of hip hop.

Bottom Line is if you could only buy one album this year, do yourself a favour and cop this one. Any fan of Hip-Hop will simply Love The Awakening.