[Video] Frankie Payne – By Myself

New self-directed video from Frankie Payne.

One of the lead singles off the CLARITY album. The video tells the story of real people, facing real adversity. It’s about standing alone against adversity and win or lose, and weathering the storm. Over a powerfully soulful instrumental courtesy of Tone Mason Frankie Payne provides an authentic Toronto style Flow with soul quenching melodies that are infectious.

#BIGTICKET – December 13 @ Velvet Underground


King Jus & Fresh Kils – Work Hard Release Party
w/ Frankie Payne, Talk Sick, Connected By Blood, Beauge
Music by DJ Law & G5CU
Hosted by Dan-e-o

Friday, December 13, 2013
@Velvet Underground (510 Queen St. W.)
Doors: 10 PM | Show: 10:30 PM
Cover: $10 | 19+

Freedom Writers release NOW


The collective known as the Freedom Writers have released their full-length album, NOW.

“This record has absolutely no right sounding as cohesive and consistently cracking as it does. The debut long-player from Toronto, ON super-friends Freedom Writers features contributions from five core MCs, plus an additional five vocalists, yet never once feels disjointed.” – Luke Fox, EXCLAIM! 8/10

The wait is over, the album is here! Toronto’s fan favourites the FREEDOM WRITERS have amassed a delicious 17 course meal of unabashed lyricism, uncompromising social commentary and unbelievable songs. 5 dangerous Emcees, 1 dedicated producer and phenomenal guest appearances by O.G. Toronto wordsmith Mathematik, soulful vocalists Ayah and T.R.A.C.K.S. as well as potent contributions from community minded artists Ian Kamau and Franz Thomas equals one jam packed, Hip Hop soundtrack you have to own.

PURCHASE: Freedom Writers – NOW (Bandcamp)

Frankie Payne releases new LP, Clarity


A little late in posting this one as the release party was a week ago tonight, but Frankie Payne’s new album Clarity is available now. The LP features appearances from Theo3, Trish, Erin Reece and Cause The Problem and production from Tone Mason, Snaz, Rich Kidd and Big Sproxx.

“CLARITY is a collection of short stories that describe the answers that were revealed to Frankie Payne during his moment of clarity. With the help of some of the best producers and artists in Toronto a masterpiece of the urban elements (spokenword, hippo,R&B,reggae etc.) has come to life. The Album could easily be the most realistic, and well rounded representation of Toronto culture ever created. Every Track seems to speak directly to soul of the listener and creates a connection that allows you to visualize the things Frankie Payne is saying. In a time when music of substance is a rarity this album promises to be a gold mind of knowledge, Experience, and Great Artistry. You decide.

PURCHASE: Frankie Payne – Clarity (iTunes)

[Audio] Frankie Payne – Hey Young Cuz


Frankie Payne’s Clarity drops in a few days and in advance of that he has released “Hey Young Cuz,” which uses an A$AP Rocky beat, as a free download.

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DOWNLOAD: Frankie Payne – Hey Young Cuz (Reverbnation)

Frankie Payne / Theo3 Release Party – May 30 @ Wrongbar


Celebrating the release of Frankie Payne’s Clarity and Theo3’s Enticement.

Music by DJ Grouch, DJ Riccachet, DJ Thera-P, Shortcut, Phat Tony
Hosted by DJ NaNa

Thursday, May 30, 2013
@ Wrongbar (1279 Queen St. W.)
Tickets: $10 (ladies $5 before 11pm)

[Audio] Frankie Payne – Nothing Lasts Forever


New one from Frankie Payne in advance of the release of Clarity at the end of the month. Instrumental is from Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me.”

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DOWNLOAD: Frankie Payne – Nothing Lasts Forever (Soundcloud)