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Frankie Payne is no stranger to Canadian Hip Hop... in fact he is a pioneer.

Frankie Payne began his quest for greatness in the early 90’s while living in a metro housing complex at Falstaff Ave. in Toronto. A neighborhood known to police as a hot-bed for crime and mischief but to Frankie these crossroads were home.

Payne got his official start when a neighborhood friend recruited him to form the rap group ‘Split Decision’. This would be the first time he would ever write a rhyme, but only the prelude to a life of storytelling through his lyrics. Joining together caused a ripple which caught the attention of artist manager Reginal Beasen. Under Beasen’s watch the group went on to release two independent music video’s “Straight from the Staff” a track inspired by their childhood borough and “Bubble Gum”. Both songs share credit among greats such as Maestro’s “Let Your Backbone Slide” and other classics from group ‘Organized Rhyme’ as integral blocks to Toronto’s Hip Hop foundation.

The success of ‘Split Decision was short lived but Frankie’s drive lived on, and under new guidance from manger Chris Smith (Nelly Furtado, Jarvis Church) and the artist development and production of Nevell “Gadjet” Campbell, Frankie Payne along with two former members of Split Decision created a Hip Hop group called ‘Graphidi Logik’, who were distributed by MCA’s Attic Records. Through this relationship they released the classic “Can I get a Yo” from the album “On A Mission”.

In 2000, Frankie and some of his friends decided to start an independent label called Brown Bricks Entertainment and under
the alias Jugganot, he released a solo album called "Everything’s For A Reason". Even though no major label backed this release it made a great impact in Frankie's career. Tracks like "Oh Canada",
became the first Canadian Hip Hop song that was undefeated on FLOW 93.5’s Soundclash and “Paradise” completely dominated the underground Hip Hop community.

Since then he has released two mixed CD's "Reality Check" and
"Realtalks". He has been featured on "The Do It Right" Remix with
Rochester a.k.a Juice, "The Hood is Here" Remix with Jelleestone, and most recently “I Was Born And Raised In The Ghetto " Remix with Tilt Rock Records’ “Point Blank”.

Today, stronger and wiser Frankie Payne drops the alias and takes center stage as himself. His new album tentatively titled “Moment of Clarity: the Awakening of Frankie Payne” takes its listeners back to an era of Hip Hop where the lyrics took you somewhere and songs weren’t dependent on the hook or a breakaway dance craze. On ‘Moment of Clarity’ Frankie brings the truth and hopes that through listening we all may find our own moment’s of clarity.

Just Listen.