Photo of Big Frank in 2004
|Birth name||Franklin Washington Duval|
September 2nd, 1972|
Fort Travis, Kings, Sierra
January 29th, 2006 (aged 33)|
Little Gibraltar, Channel Islands, Sierra
|Genres||Hip-hop · Gangsta rap · West Coast rap · Political hip-hop|
|Instruments||Guitar · Vocals|
|Years active||1994 - 2006|
|Labels||Big Frank in da House · West Coast train · Styxie Big Time · Living Big|
Franklin Washington Duval (September 2, 1972 - January 29, 2006), famously known as Big Frank, was a Sierran hip-hop artist and rapper and is considered to have been one of the greatest and most influential rappers in Sierran musical history. Born in Fort Travis in the province of Kings, Franklin grew up in the city, but had a troubled youth growing up due to his West Coast influenced culture and obesity issues causing him to have few friends and become socially isolated from his pears. He eventually moved to Shasta to complete his secondary education. There he developed his passion for music and rap and practiced rap during his free time throughout his high school years. After graduating in 1990, he moved to San Francisco City, San Francisco and would did solo-raps as a street perfumer and later a private entertainer before securing a deal in 1994 and worked for Pacific Records and later O.P. Entertainment in 1998.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Big Frank became famous and was a household name in the Sierran Pacific Northwest with over 10 million records being sold by 2003 across the Pacific Northwest and another 2 million sold in the Styxie provinces. Throughout his life Franklin would struggle with obesity and turned it into a rap icon. His obesity became a rap symbol and had helped him rise to stardom, though he continued to struggle with it in private. In 2004, Big Frank became famous for his iconic order at Shirley's and his order would see him rise to further fame and more records were sold over the course of the year. After the order, Frank would start to exercise and would exercise, jog and run in private throughout 2005 fearing that his obesity would cause him to suffer a fatal health issue. He eventually died on January 29th, 2006 at the age of 33 from a heart attack which was attributed to his obesity according to the official autopsy while he was on tour in the Channel Islands.
In the years following his death, Big Frank has become an icon within Sierran rap and has been cited as a role model and source of inspiration for many contemporary Sierran artists and rappers. In 2009, Q-Lo had called Big Frank "an inspiration to Sierran rappers and musical artists all over" and called his death an untimely tragedy. Over 40 million records have been sold as of 2017 and has been memorialized across the country. Since 2005, Big Frank's order has been added to Shirley's menu and the street where Big Frank held his final concert in Little Gibraltar has been named in his honor.