The legendary Lord Finesse was the latest to be spotlight in FUSE‘s Crate Diggers series. Not only giving us a peek at his “low-fat” vinyl collection—which, even after being cut down, still totals over 10,000 records—the D.I.T.C. beatmaker also remembered producing The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Suicidal Thoughts” on his Ready To Die debut. He explained that he was hesitant to sell Big the beat at first, but was “shocked” after hearing the finished product when the album eventually released, especially with it closing out the iconic LP.

Finesse also spoke on the Roosevelt Hotel record convention (where other famed producers like Large Pro, Q-Tip and PM Dawn also shopped), his early production on Big L’s Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous and much more.

When I heard [Biggie], it started with the “Party & Bullshit” remix. When I had a chance to really hear this dude flow I knew he was exceptional then. Just his flow, ’cause it just bounced all over and it came back on beat. I’m playing him beats and he picks this just God-forsaken, don’t-let-me-catch-you-in-the-alley beat. I’m like, “What you gonna do with that?” As a producer, I don’t wanna just sell you a beat to make a dollar. I want to make sure you gonna do something incredible with it and I never heard the record until it came out. And when I heard it it was just like crazy. I just remember somebody telling me “Yo, your joint made the album, ‘Ness.” It actually closes the album. I was shocked.

Watch Crate Diggers with Lord Finesse after the jump…

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