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Certified Fresh: Meet Ashley Francois, Your Next Favorite Rapper



Certified Fresh Meet Ashley Francois Your Next Favorite Rapper

Ashley Francois born April 9, 1996, is a well-known rapper, singer & songwriter in the Sarasota, FL area. This rising star has released multiple albums in the last few years including a hit single Maniac which was released in 2019 that kick-starting his road to success.

The debut album Don’t Feel Entitled was ranked tremendously high ranking number 2 on independent music awards in 2021 and he doesn’t plan on slowing down his momentum. Early on in Ashley Francois’s youth days, he grew up playing sports, such as football and basketball with his three brothers.

One of four brothers raised by a single mother in his early childhood living in Brooklyn N.Y. His brothers who are in the music industry are King Chad who is currently dominating the music industry & Young Knight. He always had a passion for music, but basketball was always the first priority in his household.

After graduating from high school, he then transitions to the University of Central Florida. He then soon realized that basketball wasn’t in the plans anymore and soon dropped out of college. Had a 9-5 job that took most of his time for almost a year then he soon quit his job to pursue his music career full time. He then started seeking out mixing & mastering engineers around the local areas of his city and got in touch with a few taking trips to where they were located so he can record a few tracks to see where he was musical.

He was getting very frustrated trying to find a sound that’s not out there in the music industry and quit trying to find mixing & master engineers and wanted to take it to the next level and give it a go to see if he can learn to do it himself. He enrolled in an online mixing & mastering course and started to learn all the in’s & out’s when it comes to mixing & mastering and it took him a while to fully understand and things he was being taught but soon figured it all out.

He then soon found his unique dark sound by consistently recording music day in and out every day. He then started paying close attention to how to write lyrics so he started off being ghost-writers for the local artists that needed someone that can write better songs for them so they recorded great-sounding music and he did that for some time.

He was featured on a SoundCloud contest to create a hit record in under eight hours. His debut album Don’t Feel Entitled won the Independent Music Awards for best hip hop album and also achieved a noble prize credited on the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.


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