Kirby Adams, Louisville Courier Journal Published 9:48 a.m. ET June 20, 2019
Hip-hop sound engineer and Kentucky native Finis “KY” White got his big break in the music industry working alongside Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne.
“I even moved to Miami with him and recorded and mixed several hit records for Wayne,” White writes on his website. “Including one of the most famous mixtapes of all time, ‘No Ceilings.’”
His Kentucky upbringing resulted in his nickname in the music industry. “KY,” as he’s known, has become an in-demand recording engineer and has mixed hits for dozens of top hip-hop artists including 2 Chainz, Drake, Madeintyo, Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Tee Grizzley, Cyhi the Prince and others.
But climbing his way to the top hasn’t been easy. Before his big break, the Lexington native lived out of his vehicle and got cleaned up before heading to the recording studio in public restrooms. It all made him strong.
Finis “KY” White returns to Kentucky to talk about his personal pursuit of a career in hip hop music sound engineering. (Photo: Kentucky To The World)
So what’s his best advice to others pursuing a dream or goal? “Don’t stop. No one can stop you — but you,” he said.
Today the music mogul owns Bass Recording studios in Atlanta, where he continues to book top-tier talent and inspires young entrepreneurs with his motto, #HardWorkPaysOff.
The “Kentucky success story” will share his journey from homelessness to the top of the charts on Tuesday, July 30, at the Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. White will be interviewed by WFPK’s Sean Cannon as part of the “Kentucky to the World” speakers series.
‘From Risk Taking to Hit Making’
WHAT: Kentucky to the World Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series will feature recording engi- neer Finis “KY” White. Kentucky to the World aims to enhance Kentucky’s image by showcasing the talent, ingenuity and excellence of men and women with strong Kentucky ties. Past speakers include Olympian Mary T. Meagher;Chuck Brymer, Chairman of DDB Communications Group;Elizabeth May- hew, Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s “Draper James;” NASA Flight Systems engineer, Tracy Drain and more.
WHEN: July 30 at 6:30 p.m. (reception begins at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater, 501 W. Main St.
TICKETS: $25. Kentucky Center members can get tickets by calling 502-566-5144. Nonmember standard tickets are available by calling 502-584-7777, 800-775-7777 and in-person at The Kentucky Center box office and drive-thru.
MORE INFORMATION: kentuckycenter.org and kentuckytotheworld.org