The Awakening (Lord Finesse album)

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The Awakening
Studio album by Lord Finesse
Released February 20, 1996
Recorded 1995
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore rap
Length 51:43
Label Penalty Records
Producer Lord Finesse
Myke Loe
Lord Finesse chronology
Return of the Funky Man
The Awakening
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
The Source 3/5 stars [2]

The Awakening is the third 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 O.C., KRS-One, MC Lyte, Akinyele, Showbiz, Diamond D, A.G., Kid Capri, Brand Nubian's Grand Puba and Sadat X, and Large Professor. The album features the single "Hip 2 Da Game" and the hidden track "Actual Facts".


# Title Producer(s) Featured Performer(s)
1 "Da Sermon (Intro)" Lord Finesse -
2 "Time Ta Bounce" Lord Finesse Doo-Wop
3 "True and Livin'" Lord Finesse -
4 "O Lord" Lord Finesse O.C.
5 "Brainstorm/P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix)" Lord Finesse O.C., KRS-One
6 "Taking It Lyte" Lord Finesse MC Lyte
7 "Gameplan" Lord Finesse Marquee
8 "Words from Da Ak" Lord Finesse Akinyele
9 "Flip Da Style" Lord Finesse -
10 "Showtime" Lord Finesse Showbiz
11 "Speak Ya Peace" Myke Loe Marquee, Diamond D, A.G.
12 "Food for Thought" Lord Finesse -
13 "Da Kid Himself" Lord Finesse Kid Capri
14 "Hip 2 Da Game" Lord Finesse -
15 "No Gimmicks" Lord Finesse KRS-One
16 "Actual Facts" Myke Loe & Jesse West Sadat X, Large Professor, Grand Puba


Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix)

Da Kid Himself

Taking It Lyte

Food for Thought


Hip 2 Da Game

No Gimmicks

O Lord


Speak Ya Peace

Words From Da Ak

Actual Facts

True and Livin'

Album Singles[edit]

Single information
"Hip 2 Da Game"
  • Released: October 28, 1995
  • B-side: "No Gimmicks"
  • Released: January 9, 1996
  • B-side: "Actual Facts"

Music Videos[edit]

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

Album Chart Positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Heatseekers
1996 The Awakening - 36 32

Singles Chart Positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1995 "Hip 2 Da Game" - - 36 42
1996 "Actual Facts" - - 37 32