Lawrence Franks was an American rapper from St. Louis, Missouri, Jr. better known by his stage name “Huey”. Franks was originally signed to Jive Records and was best known for his debut single “Pop, Lock & Drop It” in 2006. He was born on January 1, 1989, in Kinloch, Missouri, United States.
Huey was born in Kinloch, Missouri, where he was raised, on New Year’s Day, 1989. Once he was five, he moved to St. Louis’s Walnut Park neighborhood and returned to St. Louis County as a teenager. In an interview, he described his neighborhood as having “a lot of drugs going on and, of course, a bit of violence” and said that his rap lyrics were influenced by his experiences growing up in a difficult place.
Jamelle started creating hip hop beats when she was 15. His older brother referred Franks to the producer Angela Richardson, who had founded a rap group. Franks started performing as Huey, and his songs “Oh” and “Pop, Lock & Drop It” became popular with local DJs and promoters. Huey was featured on a series of mixtapes, one of which, Unsigned Hype, sold out of its 8,000-copy release, and was spotted in 2006 by producer TJ Chapman, who introduced the rapper to Jive Records’ Vice President of A&R, Mickey “MeMpHiTz” Wright.
Huey ‘s label debut album, Notebook Paper, was released in mid-2007, described by Allmusic as combining Nelly, Chingy, and Ludacris. The album reached # 26 on the Billboard 200 chart and # 10 on the Top R&B / Hip-Hop album chart. His lead single, “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” peaked at # 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his biggest hit to date. The unwillingness of Nelly to collaborate on his debut album with Huey caused 2 diss tracks “Down, Down, Baby” featuring Tha Camp Boyz and “Back at Cha’.” The next single from Notebook Paper, featuring singer Lloyd, is “When I Hustle”
Huey revealed in 2013 that he had formally signed with the Brick Squad Monopoly label of Waka Flocka Flame & is currently working on his third album. Huey released his mixtape Project H. on 14 May 2014.
Huey’s Cause Of Death
Huey, the St. Louis rapper was shot dead at the age of 31 on June 25 in St. Louis. Huey also went by the name Baby Huey throughout his career. Huey’s death was confirmed in a tweet by Blanco Tarantino, a St. Louis media personality. Tweeted Tarantino,
STL native Huey, best known for his classic single “Pop Lock & Drop It”, was shot and killed earlier tonight and was expected to shoot a video this Saturday. This just hit home fr 🙏🏿
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STL native Huey, best known for his classic single “Pop Lock & Drop It”, was shot and killed earlier tonight and was expected to shoot a video this Saturday. This just hit home fr 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/yO1bguNmG4
shed a few , my dawg Huey is gone forever. thank you for the talk, thank you for your energy, thank you for believing in me. Ima help keep your spirit alive down here. much much love forever. pic.twitter.com/18S62VBvbW