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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