Frankie Cutlass

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Frankie Cutlass
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Background information
Birth name Frank Javiel Malave
Born (1971-01-16) January 16, 1971 (age 44)
Origin Harlem, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop, rap, urban, dance, latin
Occupation(s) DJ, rapper, musician, writer, music producer, remixer
Years active 1987–present
Labels Cutlass Music Group, Relativity Records, Violator, Sony, Epic Records, Tommy Boy Records

Frank Javiel Malave (born January 16, 1971), better known by his stage name Frankie Cutlass, is an American DJ, rapper, musician, writer, 7x times platinum producer and remixer from Harlem, New York, United States.[1] He is best known for his hits "Puerto Rico Ho" and "Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya." [2]

He is the father of two daughters, Karisma Malave and Faith Malave.

Early life[edit]

Frankie Cutlass was born and raised in New York City's Spanish Harlem also known as El Barrio, to Puerto Rican parents Delia Rivera Malave, a housewife, and Firpo Malave from Cayey, Puerto Rico. He's the youngest of nine children. He was raised in the same housing development with childhood friend, American actor, Singer-songwriter, the two-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy–winner Marc Anthony at Metro North Plaza Houses.

Music career[edit]

It was Cutlass' brother who first inspired him to DJ, and Cutlass first used the decks in the 1980s at the age of 12.[3] Shortly after, he started working as a DJ at local parties and clubs. He then played consistently in clubs and, through the influence of Hip hop, he started to grasp the underlying American culture.[3] Cutlass first hit the scene at the age of 15 and one year later left school to embrace a full-time music career.[4] He soon moved into production as well, working with Freestyle music artists such as TKA, K-7, Sa-Fire, The Cover Girls, George Lamond, Judy Torres, and Lisette Melendez.[3] In 1994, Cutlass used his own label, Hoody Records, to produce The Frankie Cutlass Show, from which his single "Puerto Rico" played on the underground club circuit to become an instant classic.[5] In 1995, Cutlass released his second single "Boriquas on the Set" featuring Fat Joe, Doo Wop and Ray Boogie as an underground hit and it would lead him to a recording deal with Relativity Records/ Violator Records.[3] By the mid-1990s, Cutlass was a member of the Funkmaster Flex team "The Flip Squad" and started spinning at special events, and on the airwaves for New York City's Hot 97 (WQHT) Radio Station. Frankie's interest had expanded into production as well as leading him to work with popular artists such as Notorious B.I.G, Uncle Luke, Fat Joe, Shaggy, Rayvon, Akinyele, Mad Lion and veteran Latin Music artists such as Tito Nieves on his smash "I Like It Like That"[6] 1997 saw the release of his second album, Politics & Bullshit, paying tribute to old-school rap and featuring artists such as Redman, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, Smif-n-Wessun, Sadat X, Biz Markie, Craig G, Kool G Rap, M.O.P., Keith Murray, Heltah Skeltah, the Lost Boyz and Roxanne Shanté.[7] The third single, "The Cypher, Pt. 3," reunited several veterans of Marley Marl productions, including Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Big Daddy Kane, and Craig G.[3]

His music found its way to mainstream success when "Freak It Out" by Doug E. Fresh was included in the 1996 “Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood soundtrack, certified gold-selling,[8] "Puerto Rico" was part of the soundtrack of the 1999 version of Gloria starring Sharon Stone [9] and Jennifer Lopez's 2003 DVD, Let's Get Loud. Fatboy Slim's "Ya Mama" featured in the Charlie's Angels Part 1 soundtrack, certified triple platinum selling in 2000.[10]


Cutlass's fame caught up with him, while associated with gang activity, he became a suspect in a federal investigation.[11] He began to miss the gang's weekly meetings, but no longer wanted to participate in gang activities. Because of this, the gang leader put a murder contract on Cutlass's life.[12] In Easter of 1997, he suddenly had a revelation of who Jesus really is. That night the Holy spirit visited Frankie and he received a clear understanding that God was calling him.[13] The next morning, Easter Sunday Frankie entered a church in Harlem to make Jesus Lord over his life. He introduced himself to the Christian community by ministering at churches around the country, and aligned himself with leaders such as A. R. Bernard Christian Cultural Center, Evangelist Nicky Cruz, Dr. Creflo Dollar (Life after Death feature on B.E.T), Salt from Salt-n-Pepa, Allan Houston, Darryl Strawberry, Howard Cross, Charlie Ward, Mike Barrow and Joseph Henry Cortese (The Storytellers).[14] In the Summer of 2004, Cutlass released "New Wine", his first gospel album, recruiting several gospel hip hop talents to lend their flow to his beats.


In 2006 Cutlass returned with a new remix of the hit "Puerto Rico," featuring Joell Ortiz, Lumidee, The King of the Cuatro Yomo Toro, Voltio and The Barrio Boys. He is also assembling his fourth full-length album, title "Once Upon a Time" (the anthology) Feat. Jim Jones, Joell Ortiz, Juelz Santana, Busta Rhymes and many others on his record label Cutlass Music Group.[15]


Studio albums[edit]


  • "DJ's Only" (2010), Cutlass Music Group[19]
  • "Ritmo Tropical" (2011), Cutlass Music Group[20]


Production and remix work[edit]

  • 2010 – Song: Drunk; Artist: Joell Ortiz; Album: Drunk; Label: Cutlass Music Group [30]
  • 1996 – Song: Freak It out; Artist Doug E Fresh featuring Luke; Album: Play; Label: Island/PolyGram [36]
  • 1993 – Song: Nice And Lovely featuring: Rayvon; Artist Shaggy Album: Pure Pleasure; Label: Virgin Records[40]


Charlie's Angels triple platinum plaque.

2010 – Awarded with the 1st Annual Old Timers Award, recognized as a legendary Latino in the music business.

2000 – Charlie's Angels Soundtrack – RIAAA Certified Triple Platinum[41]

2000 – Fatboy Slim – Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars – RIAAA Certified Platinum[42]

1997 – Awarded the Hijo Del Barrio Award by the Theatro Puertoriqueno

1996 – Puertoriqueno Del Bronx presented an award for Positive Role Model for the Latino Community

1996 – Don't Be a Menace to South Central Soundtrack – RIAA Certified Gold Album[43]

1995 – Funkmaster Flex The Mix Tape, Vol. 1: 60 Minutes of Funk RIAA Certified Gold Album[44]

1993 – K7 – Swing Batta Swing RIAA Certified Gold Album[45]

1991 – Lisette Melendez Together Forever RIAA Certified Gold Album[46]


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