Tom Francis
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Tom Francis

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Los Angeles, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Not just Snoop - Kiwi rapper Tom Francis hooking up with some of the best in the rap business."

In two short years Hawkes Bay rapper Tom Francis has gone from barely being able to rap to hanging out in California with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.

That's just the tip of the iceberg for the 22 year old however, who describes his life now as "crazy".

He has to "be a little bit careful" about what he says, but as well as Snoop, Francis can admit to "having connections with" other rap luminaries like Dr Dre and Kanye West. - Stuff NZ

"Hawkes Bay rapper tops Drake in hip hop album charts" - JEREMY WILKINSON

"Hawkes Bay Rapper hits big time"

He's only been rapping for a year, and he's already topping the iTune's charts. Hawke's Bay musician, Tom Francis, hadn't even played an instrument a year ago. Now he's knocking global superstar Drake off the number one spot, and it all came from a chance recording session in Hollywood.

His debut album Underestimated launched several weeks ago under the label Black Market Enterprises. - Radio NZ

"Rising Kiwi rapper changing face of hip-hop"

Rising Kiwi rapper changing face of hip-hop

When you think hip-hop and rap music you're probably picturing girls, expensive cars, jewellery, clubs and perhaps even marijuana.

But one Kiwi rapper could change all of that.

Tom Francis may be the world's fastest-rising rapper, and the hearty Hawke's Bay lad puts it down to hard work and determination.

The 21-year-old made a decision to start rapping last year. He was nervous about it but he must have done something impressive.

Just one year after his rapping debut, his first album, Underestimated, was beating hip-hop legend Drake in the Kiwi iTunes charts.

Having an album in the charts is unbelievable, let along being in the top 10 for more than a week, and he recorded the album in his bedroom with cheap equipment.

Mr Francis' ambition and vision for creating music and a brand saw him take a bold and expensive step across the Pacific, where he booked a recording session at the prestigious Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

In the past year he's worked with Wiz Khalifa's crew, met the man himself, collaborated with Twista and even partied with P-Diddy.

But if you think the party-boy lifestyle will consume him, you would be mistaken.

Story caught up with the rapper to find out his next moves and how he's planning to keep rising.

Watch the video for the full Story report. - News Hub


Still working on that hot first release.



From releasing his first song 2 years ago, Tom Francis has catapulted into the upper echelon of the international rap scene. Tom’s debut Album Underestimated immediately made waves, resulting in the album knocking Drake off of the number one spot on the NZ ITunes charts. “Underestimated” featured a number of prolific NZ and international Artists. Including names such as Dizzy Wright, Joyner Lucas Sid Diamond, On Cue and the Grammy Nominated Twista. The album has garnered over 4 million worldwide streams. The success of the album saw Tom booked for the majority of major summer music festivals within only 1 year of its release including Northern Bass, and Bay Dreams. Tom did not stop there, soon after the summer touring season ended Tom booked a ticket to Los Angeles, California. Where He spent time at Paramount Studios, the premier recording studio for major Hip Hop Artists and musicians. There he gained traction and influence with some of the biggest names in the business. He joined the recording sessions of Wiz Khalifa, King Los, Joyner Lucas, members of the A$AP Crew and Top Dawg Entertainment. This culminated in features on his newest singles from Tyler Thomas, J.Tek and Hip Hop legend Royce Da 5’9. The trip ended in the most viral rap moment in the southern hemisphere for 2017. Tom was invited to the private home of Hip Hop Royalty Snoop Dogg. He shared the studio with Snoop, exchanging lessons, rhymes, beats and ideas. He even had Snoop C walking to his new tunes. Tom Francis brings a brand new sound to Hip-Hop music. He has blended together classical Hip-Hop sounds with hard-hitting dubstep and drum and bass. His music is filled with hard-hitting beats, heavy basslines, and quick-fire technical raps. Tom would be the most versatile artist to date, with chill vibe to the heaviest drops, there is nothing he doesn’t sound amazing on! Tom’s live shows are packed with excitement and effort. Tom puts all his energy into every note of every track performing live. This spectacular live presence has recently allowed Tom to draw large crowds across the country on his first headline tour of New Zealand. Tom is the next big thing in the NZ & international Hip-Hop music scene. He has made his presence known both locally and internationally. Having been cosigned by the biggest names in the rap industry.Tom Francis is ready to take on the world stage.

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