R.I.P. Huey

32-year-old recording artist  Lawrence Franks Jr, professionally  known as Huey,  was killed in a double shooting, St. Louis Police confirmed on Friday, July 26, 2020.  According to reports, the shooting took place the day before, in front of a home in Kinloch, Missouri, located near St. Louis, MO.  The rapper, who was once signed to Jive Records, is survived by a 13-year-old daughter.

A statement released to Right On! Digital,  Que Records and Que Global Entertainment William “Quayshaun” Carter said:

“It is with great sadness that we share that a member of the Que Records family has passed on. It was a pleasure to work with Huey for the release of his Redemption album in 2009 with EMI. It was a happy time for us. It was Que Records’ first big release. It meant the world to us and Huey meant the world to us. His death is a tragic loss. Huey and his partner Rhome McGee were doing a lot for their community, hosting events and growing their self-funded clothing line.

The violence has to stop. We can’t only be horrified when white cops kill Black men. We have to equally be concerned when Black men kill Black men. The day that we hold each other in the same value is the day that we finally gain the respect that we deserve as a people.

We send our condolences to Huey’s daughter and to his family and friends. We ask that everyone keeps us in their prayers and not let his vision and dreams die with us. Let’s continue on the path of Black excellence.”

Huey, who was also known as Hue Hef, released a song, “Tonight,” in 2014, will always be remembered for his 2007 certified Double Platinum hit, “Pop, Lock & Drop It.” This catchy single, produced by Calvin Miller and D’andre “Po-po” Smith, peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Rap Songs and  caught the attention of rapper Bow Wow and R&B singer T-Pain who was featured on the remix.  The video received an overwhelming response on BET’s 106 & Park and MTV.

Right On! Digital offers condolences to his family and business associates.