Fred the Godson
|Birth name||Frederick Thomas|
|Born||February 22, 1985|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 23, 2020 (aged 35)|
Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, DJ, producer, songwriter, photographer|
He started freestyling in the early 2000s.
Thomas's music was characterized by his husky voice, humorous wordplay, and creative rhymes. In the early-2010s, he released two mixtapes; his debut was Armageddon in 2010, featuring samples of The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes and Cam'ron. His second release, City of God, was one of a series for DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz, and featuring Pusha T and Raekwon.
Between 2011 and 2020, Thomas released music and performed regularly, guest DJ-ing on New York radio station based in Hudson Hot 97, and collaborated with artists including Pusha T, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, and Raekwon, as well as releasing the answer song, "Monique's Room". He released two additional mixtapes in 2020, Training Day in January with Jay Pharoah, and Payback, released on March 20, 2020, which would be his last release before his death from COVID-19 one month later.
Thomas was reported to be suffering from acute asthma and kidney problems, after contracting COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York (state), and by April 6, 2020, his fever had abated in hospital, according to his publicist and his Instagram account. His wife told media on April 9 that she was concerned he was going to die, but the next day, said he was "going to make it", and was being weaned from a ventilator.
On February 22, 2021, what would've been his 36th birthday, Rubén Díaz Jr. honored Fred by giving him his own street co-name on the block of his childhood home that he grew up in. Special appearances were made by Sway Calloway, Fat Joe, Jim Jones, Jaquae, Mysonne and Justina Valentine.
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- Thomas, Datwon (February 22, 2021). "Fat Joe, Jim Jones and Bronx Community Celebrate Fred The Godson's Street Naming On His Birthday". VIBE.com. Retrieved February 22, 2021.