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Frank Nitt

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Raised by Hip Hop in the music and culture-rich city of Detroit, Frank “Nitty” Bush is what happens when passion turns project. Frank Bush met Derrick “Dank” Harvey in 1984 when Frank moved into a neighborhood on the east side of Detroit. Sharing the ability to break-dance and an undying love for the then relatively new music style known as Hip-Hop, the two immediately became friends. As middle school age children, they united and would compete in Hip-Hop breakin’ battles against other neighborhood crews on Saturday nights.

“We were hip-hop kids,” Frank says. “Hip Hop has always been apart of my thing. It was that, Prince and Michael Jackson.” Considered the weird kids in high school, the duo and their friends including the likes of James “J-Dilla” Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), were apart of many formations of Hip-Hop, DJ and Breaker groups until finally being labeled Frank N Dank by J Dilla. Over the next few years their Hip-Hop hobby grew into a craft. Frank, always anxious to develop a new skill, moved from just break dancing into DJ-ing and rhyming.

It was in 1999 that Frank N Dank would release their first album on FatBeats Records, which was two 12” vinyl’s with one song on each side; “Me And My Man” / “Love (A Thing Of The Past)” and “Everybody Get Up!” / “Give It Up pt II,” both produced by J Dilla. In 2000, Frank N Dank signed a recording deal with MCA Records but released no records. In the midst of the major label’s collapse, Frank N Dank’s prospective MCA release, “48 Hours,” was continuously pushed back and eventually appeared as a bootleg LP in 2003. Frank N Dank were granted release from MCA records in 2003.

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