5 & Done: Franc Grams

BackgroundFranc Grams is an emcee from Connecticut who is making a big impact in the independent music world and beyond. His music has been featured on TheSource.com, Complex.com, 2DopeBoyz.com and much more. Franc Grams has performed on stages across the country including at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. His critically acclaimed album "Let's Start Over" debuted to much fan fare.

AllHipHop.com: What's Good Franc Grams? Firstly, What is the significance of your name?

Franc Grams: Everything about my name is symbolic… I’m big on speakings things into existence and then watching that manifest in front of me. My born name is Frank, changing Frank to Franc (the currency) was symbolic of me turning my name into money… Just the symbolic version of what’s about to happen with my net worth lol. Long story short “Grams” is symbolic of the hustle… Whether the music industry or streets/drug trade, it is still Grams being sold. Me being the product, music being my hustle.

What single or project are you currently pushing?

Franc Grams: I just released my first debut LP "Let's Start Over". In this project I reach back to the roots... I strayed a little, and the true essence of what I came here to do came up absent in some of the records I've released... You know, playing the game, doing what I felt was necessary to get ahead, get my foot in the door, in attempts to then bring forth what it is that I set out to contribute to music... this era... history... the culture...

Who does your production?

Franc Grams: I work closely and consistently with Lando Beats & Smoke The World. Me & Lando have a long history of work, and he’s on one of my upcoming projects pretty heavy, and Smoke The World was the first producer I’ve ever worked with, stemming back to me being in high school… On my most recent project, the “Let’s Start Over” album (February 23rd 2014) I reached back out to Smoke The World, and he produced every record on the project.

If you can change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why?

Franc Grams: Things would be about talent… A&R’s would be people with great ears for talent that go out and bring back what they believe in… With the labels trusting their hired A&R’s, they would develop and “gamble” on these acts to some extent. At the moment, talent doesn’t seem to be the focus. Correct me if I’m wrong, but labels only want to deal with something that is already tested and proven, an artist with tens of thousands of dollars invested, that already have major followings… Basically something that they see cannot lose, because the act is already standing on their own too feet… I mean, don’t get me wrong, my team is great, and the money and belief is there, so this is going to happen as we planned it to in time…… But how about the musical genius without the access to the dollars he needs to EVER be discovered… It’s disheartening that me OR YOU will never hear about them.

Any final words for the people.

Franc Grams: Go for yours… You get one shot at this whole living process, make it what you wish it will be. People will preach to us all our lives to take the safe route and tell us what isn’t realistic, have you feeling as if you are less capable then any other man that walked this world, but if it can be done it can be done again… We have the opportunity to watch what the people before us did, and take it much farther… We seen what they all did, we don’t have to submit to being anything less, or even accept where others set the bar at as the limit. Set your bar as high as you wish, only you can limit yourself. Check me out on www.FrancGrams.com