Frankie Cutlass, born Frank Malave in Spanish Harlem of New York City, started picking up fans at local parties and clubs as a precocious and talented 13-year-old DJ in the 1980‟s. Heavily invested in his musical career and encouraged by his brother, Frankie left school to pursue his dreams, releasing his first dance record at age 15. By the early „90‟s, Frankie‟s interest had expanded into production as well as performance, leading him to work with popular artists Shaggy and Rayvon (“Nice and Lovely” Remix), Fu-Schnickens (“Sum Dum Munkey” Remix), Notorious BIG & Luke (“Bust a Nut”), Doug-e Fresh & Luke (“Freak it Out” from the Don't Be A Menace to South Central certified Gold-selling soundtrack), Akinyele (“Fuck You For Free”), Latin sensation Tito Nieves (“I Like It Like That” Hip Hop Mix), and many others to create fresh, new tracks for albums, radio listeners, and party goers. In 1994, Frankie used his own label, Hoody Records, to produce The Frankie Cutlass Show, from which his single “Puerto Rico” exploded onto the underground club circuit to become an instant classic. “Puerto Rico,” a ready-made anthem for the Latino audience— who embraced it enthusiastically—paved the way for Latin Hip Hop artists just starting to carve out a niche in America‟s music scene. Frankie followed up shortly thereafter with another club hit, “Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya.” Riding high on the popularity wave, he joined superstar DJ Funkmaster Flex‟s crew, Flip Squad, which often spun at special events and on the air for New York City‟s Hot 97 (WQHT). The success of “Puerto Rico” and heightened visibility from the Flip Squad spurred Frankie to sign with Relativity/Violator Records, with whom he released Politics & Bullshit, his second album, in 1997. Politics & Bullshit reflected Frankie‟s long-standing love of the old-school sound he had grown up listening to and mixing for club audiences—it also produced his second hit single, “Boricuas On Da Set,” featuring Fat Joe & Doo Wop. The album‟s second single, “The Cypher, Pt. 3,” reunited several veterans of Marley Marl productions, including Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Big Daddy Kane, and Craig G. The album also sported contributions from artists Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, M.O.P, Redman, Krs One, Sadat X, Smif-n-Wessun, Mr. Cheeks of Lost Boyz and more. Despite a seven-year reprieve, during which he devoted time to healing from the unexpected death of his mother and to raising his newborn daughter, Karisma, Frankie‟s unsurpassed energy and style continues to take root in the musical consciousness of America. The Cutlass sound forms the backbone for much of today‟s popular music, such as on the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, Part 1 (certified 3x Platinum-selling soundtrack), the Gloria soundtrack, Jennifer Lopez‟s Let’s Get Loud DVD—even a Blockbuster Movies television commercial. Back on deck and as cutting-edge as ever, Frankie is currently working on a new remix of the classic club hit anthem “Puerto Rico” featuring Voltio, Lumidee, Barrio Boys, Yomo Toro, and up-and-coming Latino rapper Joell Ortiz. He is also assembling his third full- length album, tentatively called The Wrath, which will feature an assembly of today‟s hottest Hip Hop artists.
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