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Frankie Payne / Press

“It's an appropriate title, Clarity, for the latest LP from "underground" rapper Frankie Payne. Formerly known as Jugganot and currently of the Freedom Writers collective, the Toronto, ON-based artist from the much-maligned Jane-Finch neighbourhood has been a regular fixture in the local scene. Clarity sees Payne slow things down a bit for his most introspective and mature-sounding release to date. Tales of drug money and salacious street exploits abound, but are skewed towards weighty reflection. Aided by syrupy soul loops, leaning on production from names such as Rich Kidd, Tone Mason and Big Sproxx, Clarity is marked by standouts such as "By Myself," "Follow Your Heart" and "From Time." Comparing his older material to now leads one to note Payne is at a different stage, one where love, life and loss have changed him on a conscious level. "You won't change anything until you change who you are," Payne intones on the brassy "Bigger." And we're inclined to believe him. (Independent) ”

“On June 11, 2013 by urbanevolution Where: Wrongbar When: May 30, 2013 In a city where everyone claims to be a rapper finding my way to Frankie Payne was unexpected and refreshing. I stumbled into Wrongbar with absolutely no expectations on a muggy Thursday evening. My hangover from the previous night of partying was at the peak of its life cycle. I quickly ordered my beer and waited for the show to start while Dj Grouch dropped gems from hip-hop’s vault. The crowd started to fill in and Theo3 skillfully performed tracks from his new project “Enticement”. A very down to earth and humble Frankie Payne hit the stage, his demeanor quickly changing to terrorize track after track with relentless lyrical precision and skill. Payne’s new album “Clarity” flows like an autobiography, ranging from feel good tunes like “Follow Your Heart” to head bangers like “Mek a Bwoy Try”. Both the album and performance show a level of mastery that should be a prerequisite for all”

“Frankie Payne belongs on your Toronto summer sound track LP release for the MC’s sprawling and ambitious new Clarity, which should make for a lively christening. At 20 tracks long, the record never wavers as it shines an unflinching light on the many roads he travelled to get here, but also on this city in its current political annus horribilis — if that sounds a little heavy, rest assured it’s funky as hell. Chin up, Toronto — here’s the first listen on a summer soundtrack for ya. Wrongbar, 10 p.m.”

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