Catching up with: Francesco “Fraal” Tesei

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What exactly has former CCP student, Francesco Tesei (Fraal) been doing this summer? If you guessed “touring the country with big-name performers in rap,” you’d be correct. This summer he’s made quite a name for himself as a trilingual rap artist, speaking Italian, English, and Spanish, performing on stages across the country. Right now, Tesei sits at home in Italy, awaiting to take his next step in his educational career at Temple University. I got a chance to talk to him about the cross-country tour he was on over the summer.

Tesei left CCP this past spring. Soon after, he released an EP and began setting up concerts in New York City and Denver. Those two, along with a few cities in Italy, including Rome and Catania in Sicily, “were all different from each other, especially the ones in Italy,” Tesei says. He gained more love and respect from the cities he assumed he would be less successful in when it came time to step on stage. Tesei described Denver as being “packed” with an interactive audience. This was something the 23 year old, Rome-born rapper didn’t expect at all, especially when his English-speaking audience sang his Italian song back to him. In Sicily the scene was, as Tesei said, “completely new to me and the hip-hop and trap scene there is very alive. I had very diverse audiences and that was the main thing that was different from the past.”

Tesei took elements he learned from his classes at CCP with him on tour. “The main ones I can think of are my English, acting, and public speaking classes.” These three helped him with his writing skills and, as he said, made him more patient for when he wrote his songs. Acting helped him with improv skills for his music videos, and public speaking aided him in stage presence, especially when he had to perform with big name rappers that others could only dream of performing with.

“In New York City, I opened for Cory Gunz,” Tesei said. “A promoter organized a few events in New York, Philly, and D.C. and asked if I wanted to perform before Cory.” The first-time touring performer found this opportunity amazing and something that could launch his rap career.

After enrolling at Temple University and majoring in physical therapy, Tesei plans to grow his music career further. He describes juggling the two as being “very tempting to quit college,” because of his music career, yet he considers it a responsibility to do both, and he’s been successful at multitasking, dedicating his time off of school to music as an artist in college should. Overall, Tesei has taken the trials and tribulations of being a student and artist with him on tour and has put his name on the map, with plenty of territory to conquer.

 

If you want to follow Tesei on his musical journey, follow his Instagram, @fraalmusic!

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