(born Rodolfo Franklin
) is a hip hop DJ
, record producer
and music executive of Panamanian
descent . His crew of DJs is called "The Supermen", and his DJ moniker is derived from the name of Superman
's alter ego.
In the mid 1980s, Clark Kent was rapper Dana Dane
In 1989 he produced the remix for Troop's hit song "Spread My Wings." Clark scored his first street hit with the Junior M.A.F.I.A.
song "Player's Anthem" which featured The Notorious B.I.G.
and was also the first record that Lil' Kim
appeared on. The biggest hit he produced was "Loverboy
" by Mariah Carey
, which peaked at #2 in the US on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. He also produced tracks for artists such as 50 Cent
, Lil' Kim
, the Notorious B.I.G.
, Mad Skillz
, Lil' Vicious, Mona Lisa, Slick Rick
as well as groups such as The Future Sound and Original Flavor
, both of which were signed to East West Records and Atlantic Records
respectively, both groups having been signed by Clark who was a director of A&R at Atlantic at the time.
Original Flavor, on their single "Can I Get Open", featured a guest appearance by a then little known rapper named Jay-Z
. This would lead to further collaborations between the two, as Franklin would go on to produce three tracks on Jay-Z's critically acclaimed debut album, Reasonable Doubt
. The tracks were: "Brooklyn's Finest", which featured Notorious B.I.G., "Coming of Age" and... Read More