Ricardo Dwight Trail, better known as Franq Nitti, is a Reggae/Dancehall singer, songwriter, and deejay from Spanish Town, Jamaica. Influenced by artists like Jah Cure, his uncle Toots Herbert, and cousin Vybz Kartel - Nitti began his music career at the age of fifth-teen and has made a name for himself in his hometown.
Since his debut of the single “I’m Ready” in 2009, Nitti has released several songs, including “Even Though” with Jah Vincci, “Love My Slimmaz,” a spin on Style X’s “Me Love My Fatty,” and a cover performance of Ray Charle’s “Hit the Road Jack,” with songster I-Quey.
Unable to perform during the pandemic, like many other artists, Nitti turned to social media, where he grabbed listeners' attention with his unique voice by singing covers and original music. With his popularity and online presence growing, Nitti has gained attention from other artists like KiDi, and has been featured in Jamaica's number one newspaper, Jamaica Observer, as the Next Upcoming Artist for stardom.
With his latest single, "Love It", produced by Ezekiel Rose, Nitti continues to show his vocal versatility, and effortless capabilities of fusing Reggae, Dance and R&B. As summer comes to an end, Nitti mentions fans should, "...stay tuned for all new music, and get ready to see me perform live!"
We had a chance to chat with Franq about his music and how he sees the industry.
Q. What made you go into music and how long have you been in the industry?
Nitti grew up around music, and performing was something he always liked doing. Once he reached his fifth-teen, his friends and family encouraged him to pursue music as a career. Since then, he has been making a name for himself in the industry for over fourteen years.
Q. Tell us about your latest released project. What's the background and inspiration behind it?
His latest project is 'Love It', produced by Ezekiel Rose production. The single 'Love It' is a Reggae/Dance fusion released on January 19th, 2022. This love song discusses an unwanted breakup and wanting to make things right. When asked about the inspiration for the song, Nitti said, " I wrote this song during a falling out with my girlfriend. After pouring my feelings into the song, we made up. So, in a way, she inspired me."
Q. What are the challenges you have faced so far as an artist and how has the current pandemic affected you both as an artist and as a person?
The main challenge Nitti faces is booking shows since the pandemic. Like many artists, Nitti turned to social media to help build connections with other creators and producers and has been able to perform covers and connect with new fans.
Q. Who are your favorite artists and how have they influenced your music and style?
Jah Cure, Bounty Killer, and Kartel are just a few of the artists that Nitti is inspired or influenced by.
Q. Are you currently working on any new projects at the moment?
Nitti is currently working on new music to be released soon.
Q. How do you define success as an artist?
True success as an artist, is the ability to have your work resonate with your listeners. Music is universal, if your listeners can not connect with it, it's not something that's going to be around for long. True success is having your message played and appreciated long after you're gone.
Q. Outside making music what else do you enjoy doing most?
Outside of music, Nitti enjoys working for himself as a Barber, selling clothes, and practicing his acting skills.
Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, Nitti hopes to see himself touring and performing/opening with some of his favorite artists
Q. Our audience wanted to know. Do you have any tattoos?
Yes, I have multiple tattoos.
Q. Where can we find you online?
You can find me on all platforms @franqnittiofficial and visit my website at franqnittiofficial.com