Frank Mcfly?….sounds familiar right? Do you remember the song “Valid like Salad” from a few years back? Well, that was Frank Mcfly, along with a few others. Frank Mcfly is straight out of the ‘ville, for those who don’t know, that’s Brownsville, which is in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Brownsville is one of the worst and most dangerous neighborhood’s in Brooklyn.
“It’s one of the worst neighborhoods in NY, but everything about it inspires me. The things that I see on a day to day basis, shapes me to be who I am and reflects the things in my music.”
Frank Mcfly began writing and rapping at the age of 17. He was inspired to write by the need to be able to express himself and speak for those who didn’t have a voice. He wanted to be able to speak up for his people and his community in a positive way.
“Growing up, I didn’t and still don’t have specific music influences. I’ve listened to jazz and old school songs because my father, and my mother is a big fan of house and club music. My uncle owned a record shop that I’ve worked in, so I [was able to] listen to all the hip hop legends from 90s and 2000s. My other uncle was a DJ, so I listened to all genres [of music] as a youth.”
Frank Mcfly is a rapper that wants to be able to change the mindsets of people, by having them question who they really are and what they stay for. He is working on creating a positive influence by minimizing his profanity and spreading positivity through his lyrics and actions.
His latest project “The Solution” has a little something for everyone to enjoy. His beat selection on the tape was very broad, making it a unique piece. Some beats on this project were very familiar and others were new to me. I really liked the tracks Penthouse, Stack High, Stay Low, and Grammy Speech.
“The reason I do music, is to create a great following, and to do more with the non profit organization that I started with my partner Wavey (Entertainer & CEO of Wavey’s World).”
Frank Mcfly has a clothing line called YFW (Young, Fly, & Wealthy) which seems to be a representation of his team, Wealthy Hooligans. That’s not all Frank has gotten into lately. Mcfly and his close friend Wavey Baby, founder and star of Wavey’s World (a comedy series), are working on their non profit organization FMWW.
FMWW (Frank Mcfly x Wavey’s World) organizes and participates in many events such as back to school cookouts, where they give away bags filled with school supplies for kids, participating in the breast cancer walks, organizing thanksgiving feasts for the community, and even organizing toy drives for the holidays.
I’ve had the opportunity to chat with Frank McFly himself and during my interview with McFly, I had the opportunity to ask him:
Mighty: When did you realize that rapping was your “thing?”
McFly: I realized this was for me by how natural it felt. People used to tell me how comfortable and professional I looked. I felt that once God showed me how big of an impact I can have on the world, I knew.
Mighty: If you could rap over any beat in the world, which one would it be and why?
McFly: I really don’t have any beat in mind that I really would like to do, but if I had to choose, it would be the Pound Cake beat.
McFly is currently on tour with a show at PianosNYC @ 158 Ludlow St. in NYC on March 27,2016. He also has another show at the Hilltop Lounge @ Howard University on March 30, 2016. You can RSVP and purchase tickets here.
Overall Frank McFly is a really humble guy who has his mind set on his career and giving back to the community, which I find to be very inspirational. It’s rare to find an upcoming artist who makes it clear that he is working for his people and not only for himself.
Kudos to McFly and Wavey on building their organization. I admire the fact that giving back to their community is important to them. With all of his hard work in and outside of the studio, Frank McFly deserves his props. Shout out to Frank McFly and Wavey Baby.