Kecalf Cunningham is the youngest son of one of the most influential artists of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin. His mother is widely known as the “Queen of Soul” and she has released a number of evergreen albums. She had also won numerous accolades including 18 Grammy Awards.
The mother-son duo graced the stage together many times and Kecalf had also become popular for being a Christian hip-hop artist. Unfortunately, the soulful singer has already died and many people wonder what the son of such an adorable singer is up to these days.
In today’s article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the singer including his career, net worth, relationship, and more. So, let’s get right into it.
Kecalf Cunningham is a popular rapper
Kecalf Cunningham was born on 28th March 1970 in the United States. He holds American nationality and belongs to the Afro-American ethnicity. According to his birthdate, he is currently 52 years old and his zodiac sign is Aries.
He was popularly known as a Christian rapper who performed on many occasions with his mother by his side. He performed at Radio City Music Hall Concert in 2008. The New York Times wrote about the even, “Kecalf Cunningham, a Christian rapper, who came with a backpack, a hoodie and some cheap-sounding recorded tracks. After what felt like ages, it was a relief to have Ms. Franklin return, energies renewed, to belt out “Chain of Fools.”
As time went on, he continued to grow and release more tracks. In 2017, he once again performed with his mother at the unveiling of Aretha Franklin Way, a street renamed to honor his mother. His mother gave an interview with The Katz Tapes in 1995 where she opened up about her youngest son’s love for music.
She told, “And my other son, Teddy, plays guitar. He plays in my band and he’s been doing some things lately with some musicians over in London. He sings, too, and he’s looking for his own record deal.”
Talking about his music, his music revolves around stories in the Bible and messages that spread the gospel. Furthermore, The Vulture even calls him the “Shaquille O’Neal” of Christian rap and they say that he has been alloyed rap resources for reasons other than rap aptitude. However, his music feels old-schooled and only a few of his music is popular on music streaming platforms like Apple, Music, Amazon, and YouTube.
Kecalf Cunningham’s love life
Kecalf Cunningham is currently in a matrimonial relationship with his long-time partner Kafi Franklin. The couple is living a happy and blissful married life but the duo has remained tight-lipped about their married life. In addition to that, the couple even hasn’t made a single appearance together in public.
Talking about his wife, Kafi is self-employed and she has studied business and accounting at Baker College. The couple is blessed with three children as well. They have two daughters named Victoria and Grace Franklin.
Their daughters attended Bloomfield Hills High School where Victoria also joined the Basketball team. Currently, the eldest daughter of the family studies at Howard University. Additionally, the couple is also blessed with a son named Jordan (better known as Jonah). He was born in October 1994.
All of Kecalf’s children have followed in his footsteps
You might be surprised to know that all of his children have also followed in his footsteps. His older daughter Victoria is a pianist and a singer who often posts her singing videos on her social media handles. She has also worked as a background vocalist with her late grandmother.
Similarly, his other two children are also into music as we can see on his Instagram video, where he and his younger daughter Grace can be seen performing music and beatbox.
Why did Kecalf hate Jennifer Hudson’s Respect?
If you are a fan of Aretha Fraklin then you must have heard about the movie titled Respect. The film tells the biography of the late iconic singer and the film was already in the works before Aretha’s passing. It was also revealed that the queen of soul herself handpicked Jennifer Hudson to play her in the film.
However, Kecalf was unhappy with the making of the movie because he claims that the film was made without any input from anyone in Aretha’s family. Additionally, he even went to Facebook to call for a boycott of the film. He said that he and his family do not support the film.
His message on Facebook reads, “HOW CAN YOU MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT A PERSON AND NOT TALK TO THE PERSONS SONS OR GRANDCHILDREN ABOUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION? HOW CAN YOU PUT A PERSON’S FAMILY (IMAGE) IN A BOOK AND NOT ASK PERMISSION? IF YOU ARE A “REAL” FAN OF MY MOTHERS….PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS. ASK YOURSELF….WOULD YOU WANT THIS DONE TO YOU? [T]he “ONLY” person my mother was in favor of for the movie was JENNIFER HUDSON. period. Everything else is being done against our wishes.”
However, the producer of the film Harvey Mason has defended the film by stating that they had spent countless hours with Aretha discussing the film and the moments in her life that should be included in the story.
About Kecalf’s parents (His mother’s demise)
Kecalf’s father, Ken Cunningham (aka Ken E. Cunningham) is the one-time Kecalf’s road manager. As you might already know, Kecalf’s mother Aretha Frankils was a highly successful singer who has sold over 75 million records worldwide. Unfortunately, Kecalf’s parents never got married despite being in a relationship for a long time between 1968 to 1976.
His mother went on to marry Glynn Turman in 1978 after she separated from Ken. However, their relationship also couldn’t last long as they decided to get divorced after six-year of marriage in 1984.
Later, Kecalf’s mother died at the age of 76 on 16th August 2018. It was reported that the cause of her death was her prolonged pancreatic cancer. A lot of famous persons from around the world such as former U.S. President Barack Obama and civil rights activist and minister Al Sharpton also paid their tribute to the late iconic singer.
Her memorial service was held at New Bethel Baptist Church on 19th August 2018. It was really a sad moment for her entire family and most of them took to their social media to pay tribute to their old guardian. Kecalf’s older daughter Victoria shared her sadness on Twitter with an emotional message on the same day when her grandmother passed away.
The message reads, “I have many memories of me coming into her home and she would be playing the piano and singing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling, but God is telling me that she is at peace. Today we lost an icon, a legend, but today I lost my grandma. I love u and imma make u proud ?” Additionally, the son of the late iconic singer has also shared numerous photos of his late mother on his social media handles.
Why was Kecalf Cunningham sentenced to prison?
Shockingly, Kecalf Cunningham was arrested for driving while drunk just two months after his mother’s death. The incident occurred on the 27th of October 2018. He appeared in court and plead guilty so he was sentenced to a maximum of 93 days in prison for a DUI(driving under the influence).
He has already completed his prison time on 26th February 2019. According to the sources, the Franklin family has been facing some legal troubles since the Internal Revenue Service claims that Aretha owes over $6.3 million in back taxes.
Kecalf Cunningham’s net worth
Since Kecalf himself is a musician, he earns a good amount of money. Nowadays, rappers make a lot of money and their profession is quite lucrative these days. Kecalf’s unique discography and assets have made him more than $1 million in net worth. He is doing well for himself and lives a comfortable life.
On the other hand, his mother Aretha is quite a big singer and songwriter. She has had an incredible career with chart-topping hits such as “Queen of Soul”, “Respect”, “I say a little prayer” and more. He has a net worth of more than $80 million at the time of her death. That money is kept safely in a foundation and it hasn’t been allocated to her children yet.