New York Rapper Fred the Godson Dies from Coronavirus
The 35 year-old revealed his diagnosis earlier this month
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.
Damn, RIP my man Fred The Godson. Since like 2001 it was always great vibes and bar fests when we were around one another. Lyrical swordsman of the highest order for the city. Smh. 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #FredTheGodson— Skyzoo (@skyzoo) April 23, 2020
Fred The Godson - This hurts. RIP— Ev-Ah-Din-Sss (@Evidence) April 23, 2020
Long live Fred The Godson . 🙏🏽— Alchemist Type Beat (@Alchemist) April 23, 2020
Damn man smh RIP Fred the godson 🙏— CONWAY (@WHOISCONWAY) April 23, 2020
RIP Fred The Godson— DJ SCREAM (@DJSCREAM) April 23, 2020
Rip Fred the godson fuck Corona— YUNG SiMMiE (@275YUNGSIMMIE) April 23, 2020
RIP Fred The Godson. 🙏🏾— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 23, 2020
Rest In Peace Fred the Godson. As an MC your pen was amazing and inspiring to me. As a person, you were the nicest guy— always with a good vibe and a supportive word.— Rob Markman 💭 (@RobMarkman) April 23, 2020
RIP Fred The Godson man. Fuck. When I was growing up in Hunts Point, he would pull up like a superstar. Everyone thought he was the best. I was trying to be as good as he was. Him and my older brother friends. I was the little homie. This shit hurts. pic.twitter.com/C50rsNjglS— Kemba from the Bronx (@Kembaland) April 23, 2020
This will be my Fred The Godson thread.... I have so many memories of Fred. I remember hearing about em before actually meeting him. In the early 2000's, Harlem really ran rap for young guys like myself. Because its so small, you could go block to block, ciphering and battling.— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) April 23, 2020
2002 I had heard about a guy name Fred The Godson. And then later on I saw him on Hoodlyfe Dvd's. Shout to @terrellblair for capturing him that early on. He was always punchline heavy. It was never something he just picked up as time went on.— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) April 23, 2020
The same way I had T Rex old mixtape 8-30-85, I had Fred mixtape he did when he was in the group TBM. It was a duo. And he was just super nice back then. He had a song called "I Am" on there.— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) April 23, 2020
That song, a lot of people dont know grabbed the attention of @kodaklens there was rumors that he met with Jay off that ONE SONG. I was jealous lolol. I aint gon lie. We finally crossed paths in like 2005. During a cipher. He Cooked.— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) April 23, 2020
Its probably other stories that i cant remember but all in all he was a good friend, a father, husband and pillar in the bronx as far as lyricists. Hip Hop and the scene for Mc's are going to be hurting for awhile due to this. Stay safe and healthy people.— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) April 23, 2020
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 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽