P Fine

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OriginManhattan, New York
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • Radio host
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NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • New York University
  • Stern School of Business

P Fine is a DJ and radio host based in Manhattan, New York. It is the alter ego of Jonathan Finegold, a music industry veteran who is currently the owner and founder of Fine Gold Music, a sync licensing and music publishing firm. For almost two decades, he has been providing creative music supervision and A&R services, and his licensing work has been heard in a wide range of visual media outputs, most notably in film, TV, trailers, advertisements, and video games.[1] A New York University alum, P Fine broke onto the hip hop scene in 1985, when he was a student there at the New York University Stern School of Business. He was instrumental in presenting advanced hip hop and up-and-coming MCs via WNYU-FM (89.1), where he was the DJ on various rap, club, and rock shows and also served as an assistant music director.[2] One of the shows he hosted, Rap This!, which debuted October 1, 1985, allowed him to promote independent hip hop acts that other radio DJs refused to play due to their explicit content, including N.W.A. and 2 Live Crew. On this show, he interviewed many influential artists and groups, including Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick, Ice-T, LL Cool J,[3] Eric B. & Rakim, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Mantronix with Just-Ice, Stetsasonic (which also featured a live performance), Schoolly D, Biz Markie, Kool Moe Dee,[4] KRS-One, The Fat Boys, M.C. Shan with Marley Marl, and Boogie Down Productions. His WNYU interview with Public Enemy is featured on the group's third studio album, Fear of a Black Planet (1990), which is certified platinum, specifically on its closing song, Fight the Power".[5] The group's producing team, The Bomb Squad, put an excerpt of the interview at the final seconds of the song, as we hear P Fine ask "Ok talk to me about the future of Public Enemy," to which Chuck D responds, "Future of Public Enemy gotta..." before the album ends.[6] P Fine gave several more independent acts even greater exposure in Downtown New York as a club promoter and DJ, coordinating shows at seminal venues like The World,[7] The Palladium, Save The Robots, The Limelight, and Tunnel. At these venues, he and his partner, Lyvio G (producer of The Fu-Schnickens), promoted and DJed for many release parties and live concerts for artists such as James Brown, Schoolly D, Shinehead, Run-DMC, Primal Scream, Heavy D & the Boyz, and more. In addition, P Fine has been a columnist and editor for various trade publications, including Dance Music Report and CMJ’s Beat Box. He was also a co-host along with Dr. Funken-Klein[8] and one of the key coordinators, led by Tom Silverman, in the launch and development of the New Music Seminar’s DJ & MC Battle for World Supremacy.[9]

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References

  1. Frieser, Mark (2017-06-07). "Jonathan Finegold, Founder/Owner, Fine Gold Music". SyncSummit. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  2. "Owner, Jonathan Finegold". Fine Gold Music. 2018. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  3. WNYU Radio (2014-11-18). "LL Cool J Interview on Rap This! w/ P-Fine, 1986". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  4. WNYU Radio (2014). "Kool Moe Dee On WNYU Rap This! with P-Fine, February 24th, 1987". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  5. "Fight The Power - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  6. "Public Enemy - Fight the Power Lyrics". musiXmatch. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  7. Mallett, Whitney (2018-09-06). "An Oral History of the Downtown New York Nightclub The World". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  8. "David "Funken" Klein - R.I.P. - www.bombhiphop.com". bombhiphop.com. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  9. "P Fine- NMS #7". SoundCloud. 2017. Retrieved 2021-01-05.

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