Biography

Music has always been integral in Franks' life. Both his mother and father kept him inundated with old soul, jazz and blues records. Franks started writing rhymes and poetry at age twelve. At sixteen, Franks and four friends formed a rap group called C.S.O.M (City State of Mind) and recorded four unreleased mixtapes. Eventually the group disbanded and Franks got involved in street life. During his music hiatus he ended up in prison and didn’t return to music until his release in 2011. When he did return, he was wiser, focused, and more mature. Franks made the decision to never waste his talents, and he names his mother as his biggest inspiration.

“Before I was born the doctor told my mother I was going to be deformed and mentally challenged, and I came out neither,” Franks says. “She had the highest hopes for me since birth, and told me to use my gift to pursue the path of success.”

On his new path Franks released his first EP, Words N' Pictures, and the music video "Pressure" in early 2013. Franks is a self-proclaimed “Realist Artist.” He is often praised for his real and raw lyrics that usually contain a poignant message, an act of therapy for both he and the listener. His first mixtape, Self-Portrait, which was released in December 2013, gained good reviews from LyricallyFt.com. After performing at his first Lyrically Fit venue on March 6th, he did an online video on their website, where they featured his music video for his song, “Peace.” He’s also had radio play and done interviews on the IIourshow, an underground independent radio show based in Philadelphia, PA, which supports underground and up and coming artists.

Franks has also performed at other local and popular venues such as Le Grande Fromage in Atlantic City, New Jersey, The Deck in Essington, PA, The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA , The Rusty Nail in Ardmore, PA, Legedary Dobbs in Philly, PA Club Elegante' in Camden, NJ, Voltage Lounge in Phila, PA, The Nuyorican Cafe in NY,NY, Club 1800 in Phila, PA , Quality Inn in Stroudsburg, PA. And a number of other venues in the Delaware Valley Area. At these venues he has opened up for well-known Hip Hop artists such as Styles P., The Detroit based group Slum Village, California underground legend Planet Asia, Up and Coming Hip Hop New York Artist Chris Rivers , The legendary Cuban Linx, Ras Kass, AZ, Prodigy, and last but not least the legendary Rah Digga.

Franks was nominated and performed live at The Camden Underground Music Awards in the "The Heat Up Artist" category on December 30th 2015. Even though Franks did not win the award he left with new inspiration.

Franks released his mixtape FOFTB, hosted by DJ Soulbuck, in August 2014. In October 2015 he released his new EP Morals Over Money, produced entirely by the Camden, NJ based production group, Trac-Qaeda. The album has features from up and coming artists like Rich Quick, fellow label mate Drama Sinatra, and Michael Millions.  Since the release of "Morals Over Money" there has been quite the buzz in the Tri-State Area about the EP, causing a rapid movement and lifestyle in Hip Hop.  Because of that Franks created his Morals Over Money clothing and apparel line, sold everywhere!

Ultimately, Stevie Franks plans to utilize his strong work ethic, honest disposition, God-given skills and multi-faceted background to inspire others, and reach his highest potential.

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Shows

  • 15

    Jan

    2016

    Jersey Fresh Jam

     300 St. Broad St. Trenton, NJ $7.00 at the door.  

    10:00:00 PM

  • 30

    Jan

    2016

    Music Notched Unplugged

    3849 Warren St. Phila, PA

    09:00:00 PM

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  • 19

    Mar

    2016

    March Madness : Battle of the Bars

    77 Tansboro Rd. Berlin, New Jersey

    07:00:00 PM

  • 26

    Mar

    2016

    Gatering Of The Anons: Tri State Activist Party

    NJ Weedmans Join Restaurant 322 East State Street, Trenton

    12:00:00 PM

  • 07

    May

    2016

    Hot 97's Drewski Live Afterparty

    421 N. 7th St. Philadelphia, PA  Doors 9PM  18 to Enter $20 Cover $25 After 11pm  For more info contact  609 510 8387 or GRANDPREMIER609@GMAIL.COM 

    09:00:00 PM

  • 28

    May

    2016

    Philly Reigns On VA

    Akaza Hotel  6531 West Broad St. Richmond VA, 23230  For more info  on ticket purchasing contact  Shawn Purnell @ 252 529 1534  

    08:00:00 PM

  • 11

    Jun

    2016

    Elements for Peace Independent Music Festival

    Sanger Park Sanger, CA  Pre Sale Tickets are $10  Fpr more info contact Robert Hart on Facebook 

    08:00:00 PM

  • 18

    Jun

    2016

    New Brooklyn County Park show

    New Brookly Couny Park, New Brooklyn Rd. Sicklerville, New Jersey

    12:00:00 AM

  • 24

    Jun

    2016

    AZ 20 year Anniversary Show

    Voltage Lounge, N 7th St. Philadelpia, PA

    12:00:00 AM

  • 08

    Jul

    2016

    Jersey Fresh Show

    Millville Basment 300 S Broad St, Trenton, NJ

    12:00:00 AM

  • 09

    Jul

    2016

    Redman How High Party Show

    Nj Weedman's Joint 322 E. State St. Trenton, NJ 08608

    12:00:00 AM

  • 17

    Jul

    2016

    Free Reign Show

    11 & Washington St. Triangle Wilmington, DE

    12:00:00 AM

  • 14

    Aug

    2016

    Elements Of Hip Hop, Philly

    20th & Pattison, FDR Park Under I-95Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145  

    12:00:00 PM

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  • 14

    Aug

    2016

    Planet Asia And Rass Kass Show

    Voltage Lounge N. 7th St. Philadelphia, PA

    08:00:00 PM

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  • 25

    Aug

    2016

    The Lime-Light at Warmdaddy's, Philly

    1400 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147  

    07:30:00 PM

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  • 01

    Oct

    2016

    Grind Mode Cypher Hip Hop Show

    Blue Mountain Campgrounds 3783 Route 32, Saugerties, NY 1247 Cypher begins at noon, show is from 2-6pm  

    12:00:00 PM

  • 16

    Oct

    2016

    Prodigy Live At Voltage Lounge

    Voltage Lounge 421 North 7th Street, Philly 19123 Tickets are 20$, 8pm, 18+

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 06

    Nov

    2016

    Dave East Show at Voltage Lounge, Philly

    08:00:00 PM

  • 16

    Nov

    2016

    Dangerous L.I.N.E.S. at His & Hers, Philly

    His & Hers Restaurant, 216 South Street, Philly $5 cover, 9pm-2am

    09:00:00 PM

  • 25

    Nov

    2016

    Dear Jersey Empowerment Tour Auditions, Jersey City

    The Art House, 136 Magnolia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 1pm

    01:00:00 PM

  • 26

    Nov

    2016

    Legends of Tomorrow Showcase, Allentown PA

    Jabber Jaws Bar & Grille, 1327 W. Chew Street, Allentown PA 7pm-1:30am 10$ cover charge, 5$ on eventbrite.com    

    07:00:00 PM

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  • 30

    Nov

    2016

    Writter's Block Concert Series, Hunter College NJ

    Details TBA

    10:00:00 PM

  • 13

    Jan

    2017

    Lioness Birthday Bash Indie Showcase!!!

    Park Ave Banquet Hall 4492 Parkside Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131

    08:00:00 PM

  • 27

    Jan

    2017

    Stevie Franks And Mobb Deep Live!!

    Voltage Lounge  421 N 7 St PHiladelphia, PA

    08:00:00 PM

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  • 30

    Mar

    2017

    King Magnetic Album release party

    Voltage Lounge  421 N & St Philadelphia Pa 

    12:00:00 AM

  • 12

    May

    2017

    Kool G Rap & AZ Legends Tour

    Volatge Lounge  421 N 7th St Philadelphia, PA 

    09:00:00 PM

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