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Critical Praise for Finale:

"Finale's debut album may be the rap fan's rap scene fan's rap record: really, really unflashy, and really, really good." -

"Finale's mic presence channels Rakim... You would be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring artist in 2009 than this talented and righteous emcee right here." -

"Finale is clearly running Detroit where rhymes are concerned." -

"He brings the best of the city (Detroit) on wax, with an old school mindset and plenty of originality to match. Finale does what the name suggests, providing hard-hitting wit, optimal word play and nimble ability to ride a beat like a Yamaha." -

Two of Audible Treats' finest are hitting the town this week for three shows that are sure to entertain you with quality hip-hop and atmosphere that fit the bill. With his debut LP A Pipe Dream And A Promise (Interdependent Media) officially dropping today, Detroit rapper Finale is choosing to celebrate the occasion right here in NYC. Tonight he will be performing at Southpaw in Brooklyn with Invincible, Dam, Rebel Diaz and DJ Oja in a benefit show for the indigenous youth delegations to Palestine. On Wednesday Finale will be performing at Homebase NYC's New Music Night at bOb bar in Manhattan for an album listening party. But just because you just saw Finale, don't assume the show is over.

You can head over to Webster Hall Saturday night to see a mini Def Jux showcase featuring Brooklyn born and bred duo Junk Science perform with Boston's Mr. Lif in The Studio space. Mr. Lif, currently preparing for the release of his third solo LP I Heard It Today coming out on Def Jux Records April 21st, is a long time member of the rap group The Perceptionists, along side Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One. Junk Science, comprised of emcee Baje One and DJ Snafu, is also ready to release their third album together entitled A Miraculous Kind of Machine due out later this year on Embedded Music. More recently, JS has released a single called "Running Shoes" and will soon be debuting a video for their song "Fire Drill," which will be on their upcoming album as well as being featured on a Def Jux iTunes label compilation coming out April, 14th.

To get a taste of what you are in for, check out Finale's live performance of "Jungle Music" at SXSW here:

The Details:

What: Homeland Hip-Hop: A Benefit Show for the Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine
When: April 7, 2009, Doors open @ 8pm, Show begins @9pm
Where: Southpaw, 125 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn NY
How Much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

What: Homebase NYC New Music Night featuring Finale + P.Casso
When: April 8th, 2009, doors open @ 9 pm, show begins @ 10 pm
Where: bOb Bar, 235 Eldridge St, Manhattan
How Much: Free! $4 Red Stripes until Midnight

What: Junk Science with Mr. Lif
When: Saturday, April 11 @ 8pm
Where: The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., NY, NY
How Much: $15

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The Background: Finale

Before making his entrance into hip-hop, Finale worked as an automotive engineer promising to one day follow his dream of becoming a rapper. Making the rounds at local Detroit open mics and emcee battles, Finale began to mingle with local talents like Guilty Simpson and One.Be.Lo. After emailing some joints back and forth with J Dilla, Finale finally met him backstage at the DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival), where Dilla introduced him to Madlib, saying that he was one of the best in the game. “It was an honor and definitely a defining moment," says Finale. After realizing his passion and talent for hip-hop, Finale decided to finally quit his day job, follow his true passion, and make music a full-time career. After a handful of Fat Beats released singles, an album released with European producer Spier 1200 as a part of The Rawkus 50, and numerous appearances on independent releases from Invincible, eLZhi and others, Finale's official debut LP, A Pipe Dream & A Promise, is available in stores and online everywhere via Interdependent Media.

The Background: Junk Science

Junk Science is made up of Baje One on the mic and DJ Snafu on the beats. This duo met in the mid 90's while attending high school in Brooklyn, NY and immediately started making music. It was not until 2003 that the pair buckled down to record their debut LP Feeding Einstein. The album received little notice until 2005, when Baje and Snafu won Scion's NextUp Song Contest with their track "Roads." The video for this song caught the attention of DJ Ese, founder of Embedded Records, who signed Junk Science that year and released Feeding Einstein to critical acclaim. 2007 saw the release of their sophomore effort Gran'Dads Nerve Tonic on Definitive Jux Records, which they aligned with a promotional limited edition beer created by Brooklyn brewery Six Points Craft Ales. Their third album, A Miraculous Kind of Machine, is due out later this year.

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About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit


Junk Science - "Running Shoes"

Finale - "One Man Show"

Finale - "One Man Show" (A Rival 8 Bit Remix) featuring Casual

Finale - T.I.M.E. Mega Mix by DJ King Most

Finale - "Jungle Music" Live at SXSW

Finale - Album Mega Mix by DJ King Most

Super Finale Video Game

Finale - "One Man Show" prod. by Black Milk 8-bit Videogame Version

Finale - "Motor Music" produced by Black Milk

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