Already pick­ing up under­ground heat from the likes of CLASH, TRENCH and RWD for his work on and off the mic, UK rap­per and pro­du­cer Franklyn drops the highly anti­cip­ated visu­als to his track “A13”.

Born and bred in Hack­ney, east Lon­don, the pre­co­cious rapper’s lived inner-city exper­i­ences influ­ence all facets of his work. With recently released EP “Archives” act­ing as the re-intro­duc­tion to the kind of artistry that has already seen him per­form along­side the likes of George the Poet and Akala, Franklyn feels sim­il­arly poised for cult great­ness.

Inter­pol­at­ing the Gos­pel track “Melod­ies from Heav­en” onto a Hip-Hop can­vas, Franklyn once again deliv­ers a stream of lyr­ic­al con­scious­ness as deep as it is vivid. Intel­li­gently com­ment­ing on London’s youth viol­ence epi­dem­ic, he expresses his thoughts, pos­i­tion­ing him­self as the ‘ghetto Wil­fred Owen’, the block’s Dick­ens’ while driv­ing through London’s city streets and quiet rur­al roads.

Franklyn’s pas­sion for work that high­lights issues in our soci­ety and his desire to provide real solu­tions has made him a trus­ted and respec­ted young voice, writ­ing in nation­al broad­sheets such as THE GUARD­I­AN, but it’s in his music that this insight really shines: a true renais­sance man at only 26, the next phase of Franklyn’s career is gear­ing up to be his most sig­ni­fic­ant.

Franklyn has new pro­jects that see him delving into all aspects of art: a new EP, a short film inspired by youth viol­ence and his exper­i­ences in it, a second book and a tour­ing theatre pro­duc­tion all to come. It’s rare that an artist appears with an eye for vivid social com­ment­ary as well as the abil­ity to change it for the bet­ter. Mark Franklyn as a sig­ni­fic­ant one to watch for 2020.


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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.