Station: WKCR (89.9FM) DJ: Stretch & Bobbito Best Punchline: "You can't escape the inconceivable/Niggas are so wack even people who read braille ain't feeling you."
Plenty of hip-hop fans champion Big L as one of the greatest lyricists of all time, but what they fail to do is trace his roots and influence back to his mentor, Lord Finesse. The Bronx-born leader of the DITC was the man who arguably fathered L's style.
Finesse was a mainstay on Stretch & Bobbito's show over the years, but listening to him spit in 1990, it's clear where a lot of NYC rappers lifted their punchline delivery technique. Finesse was steppin' to the '90s, and a whole city followed suit.