The Awakening (Lord Finesse album)

The Awakening is the third and final album from Hip Hop artist Lord Finesse, released four years after his second album Return of the Funky Man. Unlike his first two albums, The Awakening features a large number of album guests, including Doo-Wop, O.C., KRS-One, MC Lyte, Marquee, Akinyele, Showbiz, Diamond D, A.G., Kid Capri, Large Professor and Brand Nubian's Grand Puba and Sadat X. The album features the single "Hip 2 Da Game" and the hidden track "Actual Facts".

The Awakening
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 20, 1996
StudioChung King Studios (New York City)
Soundtrack Studios (New York City)
Giant Studios (New York City)
Power Play Studios (Long Island City)
GenreEast Coast hip hop, hardcore rap
LabelPenalty Records
ProducerLord Finesse, Myke Loe, Jesse West
Lord Finesse chronology
Return of the Funky Man
The Awakening
Singles from The Awakening
  1. "Hip 2 Da Game"
    Released: October 28, 1995
  2. "Gameplan"
    Released: January 9, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
The Source3/5 stars [2]

Music videosEdit

There have been music videos for the tracks "Hip 2 Da Game", "Actual Facts" & "Gameplan". Gameplan features a cameo from Big L.

Track listingEdit

1."Da Sermon (Intro)"2:16
2."Time ta Bounce" (featuring Doo-Wop)1:22
3."True and Livin'"4:42
4."O'Lord" (featuring O.C.)1:22
5."Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix)" (featuring KRS-One and O.C.)4:46
6."Taking It Lyte" (featuring MC Lyte)1:06
8."Words from Da Ak" (featuring Akinyele)1:34
9."Flip Da Style"3:43
10."Showtime" (featuring Showbiz)1:04
11."Speak Ya Peace" (featuring Marquee, Diamond, and A.G.)4:55
12."Food for Thought"4:05
13."Da Kid Himself" (featuring Kid Capri)0:45
14."Hip 2 Da Game"4:03
15."No Gimmicks" (featuring KRS-ONE)5:46
16."Actual Facts" (featuring Grand Puba, Large Professor, Sadat X)5:09
Total length:51:48
  • Note: "Actual Facts" is not listed anywhere on the jacket on CD or vinyl editions; the track was listed as a "bonus track" on a promotional sticker on the cover. The vinyl edition places the track after "Gameplan".



Chart (1996) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[3] 36


Year Song Chart positions
Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1995 "Hip 2 Da Game" 36 42
1996 "Actual Facts" 37 32