Just read the wiki. Yep. Pretty interesting.
My only question would be how they get this backstory. It must be explained somewhere in the game.
Yep, he certainly has a history of drug-dealing, hence why I always clamored for some kind of drug-activity related to gang stuff in this game through Franklin. That's why I feel Franklin was greatly wasted in V, none of this was touched upon. Franklin just got with Michael and Trevor, did did heists with them, got his cut and lived nicely in a mansion up in the hills - boom, just like that. All of a sudden he don't wanna know anyone from the hood no more or to go back there - he's happy ironing his clothes, on his laptop, doing some gardening, walking his dog, or just generally puttering around in his nice luxury pad. I'm like where was his detailed route to prosperity ? Where was the hard grafting in the streets, putting in work, slangin', sluggin' and shootin' his way to the top, trying to get money and up his criminal game ?
Well anyway, Franklin being a gang member automatically qualifies him to be into selling drugs - selling drugs is and has always the main income earner of modern black street gangs in major U.S. cities. You should almost automatically expect a black gang member to make the bulk of his illegal earnings from the drug trade.
*Wasn't the main part of Franklin's story about him trying to get out of that life?
* Not really no. Franklin did not want to get away from the gang life, he just wanted to engage in criminal acts that would fulfill his ambitions of making seriously big money. The gang life was not doing that for him, so he wanted to do other stuff, and that was heists with Michael and Trevor. He still continued to be a gang member though, nothing changed there.
*But they didn't have any connections, although a slight change in story could've fixed that
* Like I said, pimping is not really a big deal to me. But it just would have been nice to have a variety of crime related side missions in addition gang wars and other stuff.
*Actually they are somewhat forgotten mid way into Franklin's story, and the gangs aren't so big considering the area they control
* That's just my point, Rockstar messed this part all up. They just suddenly omitted gang's significance in the story halfway through the game, which was bullsh*t considering Franklin's side of the story was implied to include a lot of gang and hood action. The gang turfs were big enough, although there clearly should have been more.