Good Boy Fashion – ‘RNWY’
Good Boy Fashion (GBF), also known as Lance J. Franklin II, is no stranger to the limelight. Since his teenage years, he has been immersed in the world of music, singing, writing, and producing with a fervor that can only be described as electrifying. Hailing from the vibrant city of Detroit, Michigan, GBF’s journey began in Glee Club performances, singing soulfully in church, and taking center stage in captivating musical productions. It was his unyielding passion for the art of performance that drove GBF to embark on a series of self-produced projects, with the desire to leave an indelible mark on the music scene.
In 2021, GBF mesmerized audiences with his groundbreaking single “RNWY” (pronounced runway), a masterful creation that paid homage to Ballroom culture and celebrated the diversity of Black trans women. This visionary work not only challenged the mainstream gay culture’s tendency to overlook and erase the contributions of Black trans women, but it also shattered the confines of stereotypical masculinity and physical perfection. GBF fearlessly positioned those who are often marginalized—the plus-size, the effeminate, the gender nonconforming, and the bisexuals—as the true stars, embracing their bodies and identities with an unapologetic love.
With his unique musical style, GBF fearlessly explores an array of tones and timbres on “RNWY”, while his voice exudes an unparalleled sense of comfort in it’s own skin. His soulful vocals resonate with authentic talent, each word penetrating deep into the listener’s soul. GBF masterfully navigates the pulsating mid-tempo R&B soundscape, where restless percussion intertwines with warm, shimmering keyboards, creating an irresistible backdrop for his remarkable artistry.
Embracing the song’s empowering lyrics, ‘RNWY’ invites you to unleash your inner savage, displaying your fashion prowess like a captivating vixen from a fashion nova galaxy. The song’s pulsating rhythm and GBF’s mesmerizing vocals effortlessly transport you to a world where time stands still, and all eyes are fixed on you. It is a call to embrace your confidence and unleash your true essence, celebrating your unique self on the mesmerizing runway of life.
The music video for ‘RNWY,’ like the song itself, emerges as a radiant tribute to his dedication to inclusivity and empowerment. This visually stunning creation delves into the mesmerizing world of the runway, symbolizing not only a physical space but also a metaphorical platform for self-expression and acceptance. In ‘RNWY,’ GBF spotlights the inner and outer beauty of individuals who often find themselves relegated to the sidelines of mainstream culture. The video showcases the strength and resilience of those who do not conform to society’s narrow ideals of beauty and masculinity. Plus-size, effeminate, gender nonconforming, and bisexual individuals are depicted radiating self-love and embracing their bodies with utmost pride.
With eager anticipation, GBF also sets his sights on releasing his highly-anticipated debut album in the latter part of 2023. The inspiration for GBF’s upcoming album, aptly titled “Us Against the World,” sprang from his desire to fill a significant void in the music landscape. GBF candidly expressed his sentiments, stating that he felt a profound absence of timeless and tender wedding songs that speak to the hearts of Black Queer individuals. Classics like “Endless Love,” “Here and Now,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” and “I Believe in You and Me” seemed to overlook their experiences entirely. Driven by the need to create a song that could be played at his own future wedding reception, GBF embarked on a journey to forge a powerful connection between unrequited love, sex, body positivity, infidelity, and ghosting within the captivating tapestry of “Us Against the World.”
At the heart of what promises to be extraordinary album, lies the song that started it all – ‘Us Against the World.’ This heartfelt wedding-song duet showcases two cisgender Black gay men in a moving and timeless celebration of love. GBF’s passion for crafting a wedding anthem that captures the essence of Black Queer love emanates from every note. He recognized the absence of such a song and embarked on a mission to create a piece that encapsulates the joy, commitment, and devotion experienced by Black Queer individuals on their special day
With each step down the runway of GBF’s illustrious career, he leaves an indelible mark, carving out a space for marginalized voices to be heard, celebrated, and uplifted. As the world eagerly awaits his first official album, set to be unleashed later this year, GBF stands poised to captivate audiences and etch his name among the music industry’s brightest stars. His raw talent, unwavering authenticity, and unwavering commitment to inclusivity have positioned him as a trailblazer, an artist whose impact transcends mere melodies and lyrics, inspiring a new generation to embrace their true selves and find strength in their own unique narratives. Get ready to witness the meteoric rise of Good Boy Fashion, a visionary artist whose artistry knows no bounds.