Thetford rapper Franko Fraize says getting signed to a major record label is ‘a dream come true’.
The former Charles Burrell High School student is still ‘buzzing’ after having signed with Polydor Records.
The deal - which had been on the table for about two months - became official when he ‘signed on the dotted line’ last week.
It sees him join Polydor’s impressive list of international artists, which include 50 Cent, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Madonna.
“It’s made me feel happy more than anything, I’m buzzing,” said Franko, who spent last weekend celebrating.
“All I’ve ever tried to do is get that next little step up on the ladder,” he added. “It’s like a dream come true.”
The 28-year-old describes himself as a ‘young unassuming street poet from Thetford’ and says his honest and witty lyrical tales about life’s trials and tribulations are something that people can relate to.
He credits BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe with helping to give his music legitimacy and said hearing his songs on Zane’s show last year also gave him faith in his own convictions.
The young rapper - whose musical influences include Pete Doherty and The Streets - has previously supported the likes of Professor Green and The Libertines, and performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich last month.
He says he has been ‘sitting on a lot of content’ and is excited about the prospect of releasing his first album.
“You better believe that when you work hard to make something happen, it’ll happen,” he said.
For details of Franko’s upcoming performances, follow @frankofraize on Twitter or search Franko Fraize on Facebook.