From a young age, Frank Nitt was quick to absorb the rich musical history of his native Detroit. During the early 90’s Nitt honed his craft in Hip Hop, meeting and collaborating with a host of like-minded Detroit creatives including a young Jay Dee (aka J Dilla). Nitt drifted between hip-hop groups & projects before meeting his musical match in Derrick “Dank” Harvey, forming the rap duo “Frank Nʼ Dank.” The group eventually landed worldwide attention & acclaim for their contributions to Dillaʼs debut album Welcome 2 Detroit (BBE) in 2001 and soon after signed to MCA Records.
Poised to release their debut full length 48 Hours (entirely produced by Dilla) the album ended up shelved, seemingly indefinitely, due to label politics. It wasn’t until 2013 that the album finally saw a proper official release, garnering critical praise for its irreverent, light-hearted rhymes and unconventional production.
After years as a group, Nitt parted ways with Dank to pursue a career as a solo emcee, eventually connecting with prolific LA beatsmith Madlib to release Nittyville, an installment of Madlib’s acclaimed Medicine Show series.
Most recently Nitt released Sunset Blvd., a collaborative full-length with Illa J (younger brother to the late J Dilla) over unreleased Dilla productions and featuring hip hop heavyweights Common, Talib Kweli and members of De La Soul and the Pharcyde.
For 2015, The Los Angeles based, Detroit bred Nitt is preparing a new solo project Frankie Rothstein, for release on Fat Beats Records. With production from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, J Rocc, and J Dilla, Nitt presents himself with a new level maturity and growth, tackling the realities of modern music business through the lens of an emcee with 20 years in the game.