Fire Starter: Mr. Finley

Mr. Finley is hoping that the old slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" doesn't hold true for much longer. Well, at least when it comes to his career.

The 26-year-old and his team, K.A.M.P. Wess, have been making music for years in Sin City, building up a local fanbase. A breakthrough came last summer when Finley and K.A.M.P. Wess signed a record deal through Ghet-O-Vision/ Def Jam. Although it's taken some time to get the project off the ground, Finley is coming with a double-fisted assault of singles and videos for "Blowin Dat Endo," a smoker's anthem, and a dedication track for his hometown, "Sin City."

"My father was out in the streets from before I was born until I was 17 years old," Finley told Mixtape Daily. Pops Finley was actually grooming his son to be a singer, the MC said. "He was running the streets. I got older cousins and little cousins, they still out there running the streets. They're still carrying on this Finley name. If you get your name checked out [by police], you automatically in trouble out here. It don't stand for nothing good as far as the law and all of that sh-- is concerned. I'm just trying to clean my family name up and show we stand for something more."

When Finley goes to the 'hood, though, all his homies still call him "Weas," short for "Weas Mac." The abbreviated "Weas," he said, comes from the nickname he was tagged with as a teenager: "Weasel." It turns out the young Mr. Finley had developed a reputation for taking other guys' girlfriends. But chasing the ladies was just a pastime — Finley's real diversion was chasing dollars. And when it came to the concrete, he was accepted on both sides of the turf.

"My father, he started one of the only Blood gangs out here, but I didn't really grow up with my father," Finley said. Raised with his grandparents, the Vegas rapper admitted it was sometimes crowded, with upward of 15 cousins living under the same roof. "I grew up with my mother, [who] grew up in a Crip neighborhood. All my friends that I grew up with since kindergarten grew up and had older brothers that were already Crips. These was my n---as, so it was only the natural thing to do. Me and Pops, we bumped heads when he found out I was a Crip and all that, but we love each other.

"But I do this music and represented for the city so long — way before I got a deal. So what I'm doing, everybody sees. All the people that grew up in the 'hood I grew up in, the Westside, they gonna ride with me. They know I'm pushing for them."

Finley's debut, The Talented Mr. Finley, has no release date yet.

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