Lawrence Franks, Jr. (January 1, 1989- June 26, 2020) better known by his stage name Huey, was an American rapper from St. Louis, Missouri. Originally signed to Jive Records, Franks is best known for his 2006 debut single, "Pop, Lock & Drop It".
Huey was born on New Year's Day of 1989 in Kinloch, Missouri, where he was raised. He moved to Walnut Park neighborhood of St. Louis when he was five and returned to St. Louis County as a teenager. In an interview, he remembered his community as having "a lot of drugs going on and, of course, a little bit of violence" and said that his experiences growing up in a tough area inspired his rap lyrics.
At age 15, Jimelle began creating hip hop beats. His older brother referred Franks to producer Angela Richardson, who was creating a rap group. Franks began performing as Huey, and his songs "Oh" and "Pop, Lock & Drop It" became local favorites among DJs and promoters. Huey was featured on a series of mixtapes, one of which, Unsigned Hype, sold out of its run of 8,000 copies and was noticed by producer TJ Chapman, who introduced the rapper to Vice President of A&R at Jive Records, Mickey "MeMpHiTz" Wright, in 2006.
Long Live Huey