Franklyn is an activist, youth worker, journalist, rapper and all around creative don. He has come through with a brand new project titled Archives on which he raps about his personal experiences and social issues within London.
His incredibly personal and captivating lyricism is the first I gravitated towards. His confident delivery as well as his brutal honesty about how he sees life around him. “Who Franklyn Is” is an autobiographical track setting the tone for the rest of the project. Over soulful and trap-influenced production, he is able to flow smoothly. On “Follow the Code” he talks candidly about the injustice of the criminal system where too many black men are behind bars, not deserving the severe punishment that’s put on them. It’s a sad reality they face, and I thank Franklyn for raising these themes up and telling his story with eloquence and honesty. “Humble Beginnings” is another honest and fantastic track, talking about his own humble beginnings, really bringing honesty and soul to his story. “Early” and “A13” are two excellent tracks, with soulful production and intricate wordplay throughout. The gospel sample on the latter track is emotive, with the synths and keys elevating the vibe of the track to this angelic, soulful and stunningly beautiful track. He is a tremendous storyteller, and Archives EP is an excellent project.
Listen to Franklyn’s new project Archives EP below via Spotify and don’t forget to support!