Born and raise in the city of Toronto's Westend, at a young age Frankie fell in love with hip-hop music and the culture. When he became aware of his "rapping skills," he started to practice & realized he had discovered a very deep connection with the art-form. "Throughout my life, hip-hop has always been like a big brother or best friend. Whenever I was afraid & didn't know what to do, hip-hop gave me direction & strength." This connection began to manifest itself when Frankie, at age 13, joined a group called "Split Decision". After the release of a few singles & videos (Bubble Gum, Straight from the Staff), the group signed to Attic Records, changed their name to "Graphidi Logic" & released the canadian classic album called "On A Mission".
Frankie has always embraced change, but let's face it, sometimes you don't have a choice! Although the album was well received across Canada, a few unfortunate events, mixed with the cutthroat nature of the industry, ultimately resulted in the group disbanding & forced Frankie to think about his future in music for the first time. A few years later he re-emerged under the moniker "JUGGANOT". Hip-hop "culture" at that time was aggressive and exciting & Frankie spent much of this time cementing his name in Toronto's hip-hop & battle rap community. After a lot of hard work, Frankie released his first independent album "Everything Is For A Reason". It was well received by his peers & the hip-hop community as a whole.
Frankie's life took a major turn for the worst when his mother developed cancer & passed away, leaving him to care for his younger brother & sister. In a "surreal" fashion, his life changed overnight. With no more late nights & a family to raise, he never stopped recording. As a result, he was able to put together two more independent releases, "Reality Check" Vol. 1 & 2. Around the same time, he was featured on a couple high-profile singles "The Hood Is Here" Remix (Jellystone) + "Born & Raised In The Ghetto" Remix (Point Blank).
In 2008, Frankie decided to make a change and rethink his strategy. He dropped the "JUGGANOT" moniker & re-established himself with his real name FRANKIE PAYNE. He named his organization 'F.P.A.' (Free People Association) & immediately released the single "Reach" (For My City), a creative & positive take on his city & its surroundings, giving listeners an authentic hip-hop experience & reminding 'Toronto' listeners of our shared 'pride' for our city. The song rotated on commercial airwaves & signaled Frankie Payne's move forward. In 2009, he released the "IAMFRANKIEPAYNE" EP featuring "Money" produced by BOI-1DA. Then in 2010, Frankie released the "Street Wisdom" mix tape. A project he decided to put together while he worked on the development of his upcoming album. "A lot of these songs were experimental. I'm always looking for new ways to approach the music”. The lead single "Give Thanks," gave Frankie an opportunity to hit the airwaves again, except this time he received a much larger response. The song was in rotation on several local & out of region radio programs. This is the first time Frankie revealed he could sing on his tracks with confidence, as well as be a decisive MC. Shortly after, Frankie, more confident with his vocal skills released "My Life," featuring Saukrates & produced by Tone Mason, with Frankie singing on the hook. Once again, one of his songs found its way into rotation & received another great response. That he year he also released two more singles with a bit of an "edge", "Hard Headed" featuring "Fire-Kid" Steeny and Raining In Toronto Featuring Andreena Mill.
Later that year, Frankie found himself recording a lot of his material with well known producer Big Sproxx. Frankie felt comfortable recording with Big Sproxx while discussing & "debating" the finer points of Hip hop and its direction. Meanwhile, several MC's (Tona, Adam Bomb, Progress & Theology 3), representing a portion Toronto's current crop of local talent also recorded a lot at Sproxx's home studio. When all five MC's often found themselves together, waiting in line to record their material, they realized that they had a lot in common & that their styles complimented one another's. After a lot of get-togethers & brainstorming sessions the MC's decided to form a collective, they all agreed on the name"FreedomWriter's". Throughout the remainder of 2010 & all of 2011, the group has released several, well-received tracks: "Wake-Up," "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," "Arizona Bay" & "For The Change".
In 2012 Frankie Payne debuted "The Goal" in preparation of the highly anticipated album "Clarity". Shortly after that he released "Follow Your Heart". These two songs really solidified Frankie Payne as a well rounded artist with strong writing and delivery Lyrically and/or Vocally.
On top of a large catalogue of material Frankie Payne is a seasoned performer and dabbles in all aspects of his Kraft. Production, songwriting, Art design, Video production, He's nee deep in it all. Frankie Payne personifies what a MC should be: witty, intelligent, confident, calculating yet smooth. Against all the odds & the adversity he has persevered, while making continued contributions to the world of music. He looks forward to making bigger strides in a forever evolving music industry.