Can you tell us a little bit more about your background, Frank?
First and foremost I’d like to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity. I’m a young black male from one of the poorest parts of Maryland, East Rockville – a place called Lincoln Park in Montgomery County Md. MoCo is weird to me.
I’ve lived here all my life. I was born October 4th, 1986 to be exact. Both my parents were young, yet grown at the same time. I came up under the whole 80’s crack epidemic. My mother and father were both users. My father was absent, but I was fortunate enough to have gained a relationship with my brothers and sisters. I have at least 12 or so siblings some of whom I know and some I have yet to meet. I was raised by my mother, grandmother, grandfather, along with my uncles and close relatives.
Coming up was rough, I have seen a lot shit at a young age. I don’t really remember too much of my childhood honestly. I always have like flashes of my childhood. We lived in a few different places out here in MoCo. I was born at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney Md. I’ve lived pretty much all through my County. From sleeping in cars, shelters, living with different relatives, and couch to couch type situations until my grandmother took us in.
So basically I’m the middle child. I’ve felt neglected, and out of place. It wasn’t until We had moved to Lincoln Park in Rockville that I had finally felt at home. I don’t know I got a story man, but at the same time, we all do.
Did you have any musicians or artists in your family at all?
Not to my knowledge. But we all got the rhythm in our blood. It’s more of like a culture thing to me. I never took any instruments, though I did have my grandmother get me a guitar for Christmas or a birthday when I was a child. And my brother and sister both were in band class or something like that. But it wasn’t like a thing.
You’ve mentioned things used to be hard when you were growing up. How’s this impacted you as a person?
I mean basically, it has only made me stronger. I can’t say it has negatively impacted me. I believe in choices. My brother went through just about every hardship I’ve endured, and his path has always been different than mine, although we grew up in the same environments. So it’s hard to say.
Are you married?
Yes, I’m married. I’ve been married for over two years now. I was blessed to have the opportunity of marrying my best friend and the mother of my two youngest children. “Miss Frank Fontaine.” Hey baby.
Do you have any kids?
I have 5 beautiful children: four girls and my jr.
How do you manage to keep the life-work balance? It must be a challenge that takes a lot of effort.
I don’t know. That’s a hard question. But I’m a Libra, so I always seem to achieve balance in every aspect of my life. It’s definitely a challenge though. But life wouldn’t be if there were no challenges. If that makes sense.
What made you get into music?
I’ve always loved music. I grew up admiring artists like Micheal Jackson, 2Pac, Lil Wayne and just witnessing the whole evolution of music throughout my years. So that may have made me more inclined to become an actual artist. But I think everyone has wanted to get into making their own music at some point in their life.
I remember listening to all the oldies but goodies with my grandmother and using that as like a therapy. But now seeing what has become of the industry as far as the benefits of making music. It’s was only right that I chose to pursue a career in what I’ve always been passionate about. Can you imagine producing in your studio? It’s a fantastic feeling!
It’s crazy how you’ve witnessed the music industry before the social media boom. Do you think upcoming artists now have higher or lower chances of “making it”?
I mean I guess it’s like everything else in life. Your only going to get out, what you put in. So the odds of making it are greater in some aspects, but who’s to say. Cause you can always crap out.
It’s been a long journey for you. Are you doing this full time yet?
I haven’t decided honestly. I mean I’m just going to keep grinding and doing what I’m doing at the moment. Keep networking and putting my shit out there. I’m trying to get this money county music shit to jump and see what’s comes about. But I’m pretty much a full-timer in everything I do.
How do you motivate yourself to work on music when there are so many distractions and “more fun” things to do out there?
I’ve had my share of “fun.” I’ve wasted a lot of time being incarcerated fuckin with certain individuals and running the streets. I’ve seen a lot of dudes from my area make mistakes, and it costs them their freedom. And I see others doing very well.
So I just thank God that my distractions today are like usual shit. My kids, my wife, bills, and trying to make tomorrow better than yesterday. Other than that I’m just staying focused on being a better me.
What was the lowest point of your life? How did it impact the way you see the present?
Lol wow! The lowest point of my life to me was realizing that I had become comfortable being a part of the system. I was sitting in a cell thinking to myself that I was at the same place at the age of 30. That I was at the age of 19. The only differences were I had lost way more than I’d have ever gained.
Do you have other hobbies besides music?
I’ve had other hobbies in the past. I use to want to do tattoos. I still ink myself up from time to time. I grew a love for basketball ball around 2005, during my first little stay in County jail. Other than that music has always been my outlet.
What do you think of the “new school” rappers? They sure don’t carry the same message 2Pac did.
I don’t really think of “new school” rappers. I mean I remember when Chief Keef and Bobby Shmurda, and all that came about. They were labelled as like the “new school” or whatever. I don’t know. I feel like there’s always gonna be like a “new school” or “mumble rapper” or “whatever.”
I just like music. I remember when all the big names like Drake, Nikki Minaj, Meek Mills, Big Sean, Asap Rocky, Wale, Simba, and Kendrick were all like the new school rappers.
And as far as carrying the same message as 2Pac, I don’t think anyone will ever carry the same message as he did. 2Pac will always be the Jordan to the industry In my eyes. The closest thing I’ve seen to Pac is either Boosie or Wayne. Depending on how you’re looking at the legacy.
Before we wrap up, how about you tell us your favourite inspirational quote?
My favourite inspirational quote… I’ll have to say ugh – Denzel Washington’s speech. “Put God first, Put God first in everything you do.”
What can people contact you?
As of right now, I’m on Instagram @Frank_Fontana_74, and my YouTube channel is still in the making. But I do have some material on there, check it out.
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