Linqua Franqa Lead Photo 385 Sean Dunn

Linqua Franqa is the hip hop darkside of Athens-based linguist-turned-legislator Mariah Parker, whose scientific fixation with language is obvious in the intricate, self-aware rhymes she weaves into boom bap tapestries. Her lyrics, garnished with haunting neo-soul hooks, tell complex and unflinching tales of existential heartbreak, racial strain, and feminist swagger, and longtime hip hop heads will hear echoes of nineties New York underground in both her playful vocal delivery and jazz-kissed beat production. In the wake of a critically acclaimed first album and narrowly-clinched election to the Athens Clarke County Commission, Parker has garnered the attention of CNN, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Afropunk, The Root, The Bitter Southerner, and others for her outspoken commitments to justice and her electrifying live performances, which call listeners to self-reflection and critical action in their lives and their communities.