Tampa, Fla.-For six straight summers, Ft. Myers rap goon Frank Lini has been faithfully holding down the streets of Florida with back-to-back block-burning singles. Known for gritty delivery and painful lyrics, the street disciple now cranks up the commercial side of the game with a new deal, runaway single and regional tour.
Frank Lini puts big plays into action by recently signing with Tampa-based So Dope Records in conjunction with Tohlih Management, readying for the release of forthcoming mixtape Hoodstar due in the fourth quarter and tour set to kickoff. And Frank is strategically setting it all up with his fresh, new single “60 Minutes.”
“This record is a little different for me, but it still has me in it,” says Frank. “It’s more angled towards radio but with some street elements still in it. It has a nice feel and we’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback.”
The first single off of his forthcoming mixtape, Hoodstar, due later this years, “60 Minutes” is currently spinning on radio mixshows throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The official video is due by November. And Frank will be on the road in the South on a street promo tour doing meet and greets and performances.
“I’m still in the lab finishing up Hoodstar,” says Franks, “but trust me; it will be another classic from Lini boy.”
Born Frank Starks, Frank got his start in music by making homemade rap tapes with friends. He adopted his stage name “Lini” to pay homage to his native Lee County. His debut album I’m All In was released in December 2007 on independent label Tohlih Music Group and quickly became the streets’ Bible. Frank’s gritty delivery and pain-filled lyrics on runaway singles “I Ain’t Friendly” and “I’m All In” prompted the streets to rally around him as unofficial mayor of Ft. Myers.
By the time the follow-up album Green Light dropped, Frank gained the attention of industry heavyweights like Tony Neal (President of Core DJs, Konvict Music South) and Bigga Rankin (President of Cool Runnings DJs). He had been nominated by Hood Magazine as the 2007 Underground Album of the Year and secured a feature appearance on Maybach Music Group / Triple Cs 2009 album Custom Cars & Cycles on single “Throw Em In the Sky,” which was also featured on AllHipHop.com. He was also selected to be featured in Ozone magazine’s Patiently Waiting section and received a Duval Diamond Award for his relentless grind.
Now, Frank Lini is back with his latest single “60 Minutes” and is sure to make his mark with forthcoming So Dope Records mixtape Hoodstar, due later this year.
“My ultimate goal is to take over this rap game,” says Lini. “I won’t follow the beaten path. I’m a trailblazer.”
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