REISSUED!!! It was a simple formula, bring together one of the East Coast's finest rappers with some of the most clever track masters in hip hop, then add in a stellar DJ, and the results were bound to be exciting. Funky Technician is just that, an excellent album of battle rap with LORD FINESSE simultaneously claiming and proving his immense skills over a set of funky backing tracks that use the familiar James Brown blueprint, but with unobtrusive class and innumerable displays of deft turntable wizardry. DJ PREMIER, DIAMOND D, SHOWBIZ, and DJ MIKE SMOOTH all contribute classic tracks, while Lord Finesse drops rhymes that rank up with Rakim and Kane. There were a lot of great rap records coming out of New York around the turn of the decade, though Funky Technician never got the attention it deserved. Now after being out of print for years, this masterpiece album is finally re-released in it’s full glory and even includes the 12-inches version of “Baby, You Nasty” (produced by DJ Premier), never before available on CD. This is a must-have for any fan of classic golden-era hip hop.