Simply put, Stu Fine is a veteran of the music business. He is known for his decades developing artists within the A&R realm, having worked at RCA Records, Arista Records, K-tel and Polygram. He also founded the pioneering hip-hop label Wild Pitch Records; Complex ranked him as one of top 25 A&Rs within the history of hip-hop. In addition, Stu worked in management, handling the career of LL Cool J.

Porter Block spoke to Stu for In A State, covering all facets of his upstanding career within music. Among the artists Stu and Porter discuss, who Stu worked with, are Gang Starr, Steve Cropper, Boz Scaggs, and Patti Smith.