Frankie Cutlass

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Frankie Cutlass
Frankie Cutlass NY State Of Mind.jpg
Background information
Birth name Frank Javiel Malave
Born (1971-01-16) January 16, 1971 (age 46)
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 Platinum producer, DJ, rapper, musician, writer, 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]

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. The youngest of nine children, he was raised in the same housing development as actor and singer-songwriter Marc Anthony at Metro North Plaza Houses. [3]

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.[4] Shortly after, he started working as a DJ at local parties and clubs. Cutlass first hit the scene at the age of 15 and one year later left school to embrace a full-time music career.[5] 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.[4] 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. 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.[4] 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.[4]

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]

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.

In June 2016 Cutlass scored another double platinum award plaque by collaborating with DJ Khaled on his single title "For Free" featuring Drake. [11]

Frankie Cutlass Platinum Plaque.jpg

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Frankie married Lorraine Ortiz in New York City, they have two daughters, Karisma Delia Malave (October 11, 1995) who Frankie named after his mother who passed late in October 1995 Delia Rivera Malave, and Faith Victoria Malave (July 12, 2001). The couple separated early 2006 and the marriage ended in 2008.


Studio albums[edit]


  • "DJ's Only" (2010), Cutlass Music Group[15]
  • "Ritmo Tropical" (2011), Cutlass Music Group[16]



  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Frankie Cutlass Bio | Frankie Cutlass Career". MTV. January 16, 1971. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
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  4. ^ a b c d Steve Huey (September 30, 1962). "Marley Marl | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Frankie Cutlass". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Frankie Cutlass – Puerto Rico 2006 Audio CD". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Mills, Brad (February 11, 1997). "Politics & Bullshit – Frankie Cutlass : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Soundtracks for Spoof Movie". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Soundtracks for Gloria". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Soundtracks for Charlie's Angels (original title)". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
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  12. ^ The Frankie Cutlass Show by Frankie Cutlass | MTV
  13. ^ Politics & Bullshit by Frankie Cutlass | MTV
  14. ^ "Frankie Cutlass | New Music And Songs". MTV. January 16, 1971. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "iTunes – Music – DJ's Only – EP by Frankie Cutlass". March 3, 1994. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ "iTunes – Music – Ritmo Tropical – EP by Frankie Cutlass". May 31, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Frankie Cutlass – Puerto Rico 2006 Featuring Lumidee, Voltio & Joell Ortiz | Listen Free | iHeartRadio". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Cypher, Part 3 by Frankie Cutlass". MTV. January 1, 1996. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Frankie Cutlass – You & You & You CD Album MP3". May 14, 1996. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  20. ^ [2][dead link]
  21. ^ Billboard – Google Books. August 26, 1995. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Puerto Rico Ho by Frankie Cutlass". MTV. January 1, 1994. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Frankie Cutlass – Wede Man (feat. Selector) | Listen Free | iHeartRadio". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Frankie Cutlass Presents Rayvon – Girls Fresh (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ "& More – You'll Never Find Another Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved October 23, 2013.