Rest In Peace, Fred The Godson

Beloved South Bronx MC died from COVID-19 complications at age 35

Godspeed to The Godson (Art: Ron Hart)

It’s always a blessing these days when a rapper emerges from hip-hop’s birthplace. But the South Bronx’s Fred The Godson was so much more than another MC from the Essence.

Not since Big Pun had there been an artist from the 5th Borough who truly embodied the very prowess of what it means to be an MC from the South Bronx. Following the street success of his Armageddon mixtape (which turns 10 this year). he was honored as s member of XXL’s 2011 Freshman Class, which also featured Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Lil B, Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., and YG.

He became a fixture on hip-hop radio here in New York. But he never landed the major label deal he was seeing his fellow XXL class members enjoy during the 2010s. But he never, ever lost an ounce of his street cred. Alongside Bishop Nehru, Cardi B, Joell Ortiz and Joey Bada$$, he was on the frontlines of bringing New York Rap back in the game in a big way these last ten years. Too bad the moneymen slept on this cat.

“I’m not saying I’m the best rapper in the world,” Fred told Sway in a 2017 interview. “I just know I’m better than a lot of the shit that’s out now. Sometimes, you just think, ‘What the hell’s going on?’”

Earlier in April, the rapper revealed he had been suffering from the Coronavirus. But it was announced today via Complex that he had sadly succumbed to the complications of this horrible and disgusting virus. reports. 

He was only 35.

If you haven’t already, please listen to some of his classic mixtapes below and remember the life of this mighty giant of the microphone. 


AUDIO: Fred The Godson Fat Boy Fresh


AUDIO: Fred The Godson Gordo Mixtape 


AUDIO: Fred The Godson God Level


AUDIO: Joell Ortiz. Fred The Godson and The Heatmakerz Gorilla Glue Mixtape


AUDIO: Fred The Godson I Am Godson Mixtape

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Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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