A New Jersian with a knack for story telling - Michael Francis is my new secret weapon.
When Bruno Mars had 800 friends on twitter, before the radio knew his name on his Beautiful Girl feature with B.O.B…prior to Miguel’s record label deciding to push his music forward, after the help of his single featuring J. Cole – I was a fan. They were my underground preferences; artist who I meticulously followed while the world leaned toward bigger mainstream trends and already established artist. It was like a game for me, a game of prediction, canalization of the present, and giving esteem to the past while breaking down what trends and sounds manipulated the music world into what it is today.
After a long absence of any worthy up-and comers, I found Michael Francis.
Sometimes success is the byproduct of leveling risk with tools already honed, and of course the appeal on songs such as, “Woman”, derived directly from sexual fetishes and melodic story telling of its creator. The few, yet substantial songs of Francis make any doubter of music’s present state excited. I love sitting back and watching the growth of artist, from the moment they first introduced their craft to the world, to when their songs are in heavy rotation on airways. I’ve seen this talent before, with the likes of a flourishing Trey Songz, and a younger Rick Ross, whom hadn’t found his voice yet – Francis may just be on my list of successful predictions, but I see potential.
With the release of his LP, Cold Heart Chronicles in November, Francis uses story telling, over a melodic beats. Partnering in business and musically with another Jersey native, The Illz, Francis is on his path to obtaining hierarchal success, all while staying true to his creative niche.
Check out Francis’ debut video, Dementia. Directed by Kristopher Rey-Talley:
John Hurtado (@Mr_Hurtado)