kam franklin

At four songs, Kam Franklin’s Nu Metals highlights a versatile singer just tapping into her powers.

Premiered by AfroPunk, Nu Metals is not only a smooth detour for Franklin and the sound most Suffers fans attribute her with, it is her applying her chops at songs she grew up loving and singing during adolescence and beyond. “The songs I chose for my EP have a much deeper meaning to me than I may give off,” she wrote in December. “There’s a reason for all of them. Deftones in particular, saved my life on many occasions.”

Beyond covering the Deftones’ “Change (In The House Of Flies),” Franklin goes to ’90s nu-rap staple KORN and lets her voice dance around Jonathan Davis’ “Freak On A Leash” creation. The Houston singer doesn’t waste much time strapping her large voice and personality to records such as A Perfect Circle’s “3 Libras” and Godsmack’s “Voodoo.” Etheral and relaxed throughout, Nu Metals is a call for mental health in Franklin’s eyes. She hoped that the EP would beckon more artists of color to discuss their mental health and anxiety faced. From adolescence on to now. Hear the early preview of Nu Metals below as the EP arrives for the general public on February 9.