New York Rapper Fred the Godson Dies from Coronavirus

The 35 year-old revealed his diagnosis earlier this month
New York Rapper Fred the Godson Dies from Coronavirus
Fred the Godson — a New York rapper who collaborated with Diddy, Raekwon, French Montana and more — has died. Complex confirmed the artist's passing today, after he revealed earlier this month that he had contracted coronavirus (COVID-19). Fred the Godson was 35.

Fred the Godson first delivered his Armageddon project in 2010, which saw him work with Busta Rhymes, Cam'ron, Waka Flocka Flame, Styles P and more. The mixtape would help earn him a spot on XXL's 2011 Freshman list alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Lil B, Meek Mill and YG.

"Ever since things started picking up last year April, this is what I've been gunning for," Fred told the magazine of his placement in 2011. "It means everything...You being on that cover with the Freshmen, the new people that's out, it's a privilege. It's an honour. It's like two million other rappers who would love to have that opportunity."

That same year also saw Fred release the City of God mixtape, featuring team-ups with Diddy, Raekwon, Meek Mill and more. While he did not achieve the same commercial success as some of his fellow Freshmen and did not sign to a major label, Fred remained prolific in the years that followed.

In recent years, 2019's God Level saw Fred work with Benny the Butcher, Jim Jones and 38 Spesh. That release was followed this year by the Jay Pharoah-assisted Training Day and March's Payback. Outside of his recorded catalogue, Fred was also a staple of American rap radio, freestyling for Funkmaster Flex on Hot97, Sway in the Morning and more.

Find tributes to Fred the Godson from friends and contemporaries below.

My little brother ooooh how sad am i, i prayed and prayed and prayed for you all night long. So many dreams so many conversations so many great times we had. I am in shock to say the least i love you soooooooo much little brother it's been years since i felt this pain. I always wanted the best for you, i played you all my important songs to get your feed back i respect you so much as an artist. Why the GOOD die young i was soooooooo proud of you little brother. Maybe now the world will pay attention to your greatness you was always my favorite. God have mercy on his soul for he was a good man , a family man as loyal as they come. I pray that you with PUN and the fellas tell them we gavem hell out here in the world. God bless your wife your family your kids and my brother Arsonist i know Fred loves you and to the whole Hip Hop community we lost an incredible talent one of the last Mohegans 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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Damn RIP Fred. Real Nigga.

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