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Critical Praise for Finale:

"Finale's latest... shows his perseverance paying creative dividends. Grand Finale." - Chairman's Choice Feature, XXL

"Abrasive, impassioned, and heartfelt" and: "A Pipe Dream And A Promise is a solid first effort not to be denied. Motor music indeed." -

"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." -

Having been featured everywhere from to your favorite hip-hop blog and in magazines from around the world, including a recent feature in XXL's Chairman's Choice, Finale's new album, A Pipe Dream And A Promise has been on shelves for almost a month now. The reviews have been pouring in, and the verdict is clear: Finale has a stellar album on his hands. "A Pipe Dream And A Promise," the title track from the Detroit rapper's debut LP, shows off some of the best that Finale has to offer, mixing his patented complex flow with introspection not often heard from rappers.

With somber horns, courtesy of the legendary Allan Barnes of the Blackbyrds, and sentimental keys, Oddisee's production sets the perfect backdrop for Finale on "A Pipe Dream And A Promise" as he provides listeners a mirror into his mind and an explanation into the meaning behind the title of his album. Finale raps, "My mother, my grandma, my grandfather, my brother/ My sister, my girl, my landlord/ The fans, and my compadres/ I promise the world to y'all and come up short/ Every time; my chase ain't over." By the time you get to the chorus, with Monica Blaire singing "Thank you, for believing in me," it becomes clear Finale is holding nothing back as he details his struggles and motivation for success. As Finale himself says, "What's realer than that?"
A Pipe Dream And A Promise is now available everywhere.

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Finale recently released Super Finale, an innovative, Super Mario Bros-themed video game, starring Finale as the main character, in which fans can win track the track "One Man Show" from the album upon completion of the game. A Pipe Dream And A Promise features production from J Dilla as well as Nottz, Flying Lotus, Oddisee, MPhazes, and Black Milk, who produced the album's lead single "Motor Music."

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The Background:

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.

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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


"A Pipe Dream And A Promise"

"One Man Show"

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

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

"Jungle Music" Live at SXSW

Album Mega Mix by DJ King Most

Super Finale Video Game

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

"Motor Music" produced by Black Milk

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