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Frankie Hi-NRG MC

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Frankie Hi-NRG MC
Frankie Hi-NRG MC singing during the "Horror Vacui" festival in Trento
Frankie Hi-NRG MC singing during the "Horror Vacui" festival in Trento
Background information
Birth nameFrancesco Di Gesù
Born (1969-07-18) 18 July 1969 (age 54)
Turin, Italy
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, record producer
Years active1991–present
LabelsSony BMG

Francesco Di Gesù (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃesko di dʒeˈzu]; born 18 July 1969), better known by his stage name Frankie Hi-NRG MC, is an Italian rap and hip hop artist of Sicilian descent, born in Turin and raised between Caserta and Città di Castello. He has been active since the early stages of the Italian hip hop movement in the early 1990s and is regarded as one of the pioneers of the genre.[1][2] He predominantly discusses politics and societal issues in his music, his debut single "Fight da faida" (Irma Records, 1992) complains about various issues, including the Mafia and its ties with Italian politicians, the Ustica massacre, the Bologna massacre and the Operation Gladio.[2] He has also participated in the Sanremo Music Festival in 2008 with his song "Rivoluzione" and again in 2014 with "Pedala" and "Un uomo è vivo".[2]

He has released six albums, 5 of those albums with RCA and the single "Quelli che benpensano" from his second album La morte dei miracoli was awarded Italian Song Of The Year 1998.[3] In addition he has written for and performed with Italian artists like Fiorella Mannoia, Giorgia and international stars like RZA, Nas, Beastie Boys and Run DMC.

Frankie has expressed himself in other fields, writing and directing music videos. Since 2009 he has been an independent artist, releasing his latest album Essere Umani in 2014 on the Materie Prime Circolari snc label.

Furthermore, his album la morte dei miracoli boasts 39th place in the best albums according to Rolling Stone


He has collaborated with Italian and international artists (in addition to those included in his albums):


  • 1993 – Verba manent
  • 1997 – La morte dei miracoli
  • 2003 – Ero un autarchico
  • 2005 – Rap©ital
  • 2008 – DePrimoMaggio
  • 2014 – Essere umani


  1. ^ Sinclair, David (28 November 1992), Rapping the world, Billboard, pp. 16–22, retrieved 30 December 2017
  2. ^ a b c FRANKIE HI-NRG MC: OGGI IL COMPLEANNO, COMPIE 48 ANNI, Italia Post, 17 July 2017, retrieved 30 December 2017
  3. ^ Crosetti, Emanuela, Frankie hi-nrg mc: una carriera di successi, Notizie, retrieved 30 December 2017

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