Born and raised in Fresno, CA, life was always interesting to say the least for Don Earl Franklin. Raised by his mother and grandmother the life of theft, drugs and sex began at an early age. Although he knew his dad, his parents were not together and hanging with his father was not an option due to being 500 miles away. So the only role models around were his 2 older brothers and the boys on the, “Lotus Block.” It was there life revolved around girls, drug sales, and trying to stay out of jail.
The only thing Don knew was he had to take care of his mother who was disabled and social security checks did not pay the bills. At the age of 14, Don was no more and Mr. D-Note was born. Introduced to rapping at the back of a school bus, hip-hop was a past time through high school and after barely graduating music went to the backburner to slang crack rock. This went on for 2 years trying to hustle to survive and this all came to a screeching halt. On September 5, 1995, Mr. D-Note stumbled in after getting drunk and high the night before to find his mother dead.
Life as he knew it changed. From there life changed for Mr. D-Note as he battled severe depression and thoughts of suicide. There was one bright spot during this time in his life as he was introduced to music again where he played the hardest west coast rap you could find via Pirate Radio. As life saw fit he took a request from a neighborhood reverend to play Gospel Music on Sunday mornings. He was initially hesitant to do so but, he remembered how his mom would play old school Mahalia Jackson albums as a child so he agreed to do the show. It was here after hours of gospel music pierced the soul Mr. D-Note would never be the same.
From there he got involved with a local ministry and on the church alter prayed for direction from God. That was where he was given the ministry of music and film and has been going since.