Fred the Godson also known as Fredrick Thomas is a New York Rapper that rose to fame in 2011 after he was named in XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class alongside hip-hop icons such as Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, and Meek Mill. Throughout his career, Thomas recorded with rappers such as Jadakiss, The Game, Kevin Gates, French Montana and Diddy. The South Bronx rapper succumbed to Coronavirus complications on 23rd April 2020 at the age of 36.
Fred the Godson Biography
Fred the Godson was born Fredrick Thomas in the South Bronx into a household rich in music, R&B, and Rap exposing to this genre at an early age. His father who had seven children worked as security at the Tunnel, one of New York’s City’s most prominent Hip Hop Clubs. According to heavy.com, the Tunnel nightclub operated from 1986 until 2001 in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. The actor Vin Diesel also worked as a bouncer at the venue. Thomas once told Singers Room, “my pops was a bouncer at the Tunnel. It was a big influence on me without me even knowing it the time.” His father frequently brought the hottest records home before they hit the air-waves, a cherished treasure among his children.
Fred also indicated that he dropped out of school, Monroe High School in the 11th grade and began free-styling in the late 90s.
Fred the Godson Career
Fred the Godson was known for his cunning rhymes and smooth flow which had New York City Hip Hop enthusiasts believing in the genre again. He was once called the “The Next Great one,” because of his desire to restore the genre where it had emerged decades ago. His talent in creative music earned him “Best Male Rapper” at the 2007 Underground Music Awards and editorial in industry magazines such as Juice and XXL.
A member of the 2011 XXL Freshman class, Fred’s exemplary wordplay, and smooth delivery made him a promising MC on the rise. In 2012, he released his ambitious mixtape city of God, hosted by DJ Drama. The tape included features from Diddy, Pusha T, and Raekwon. Fred the Godson also known as Gordo also worked on the songs Toast To That and Doves Fly.
Fred the Godson Age
Fred the Godson was born on January 1st, 1985 in South Bronx, New York, NY.
Fred the Godson Wife
Fred the Godson was married to his partner LeeAnn Jemmott who has been updating his fans about his progress on social media. LeaAnn Jemmott is a make-up artist. Fred has two children with Jemmott. LeeAnn has been keeping fans updated on his condition. On April 10 she said, “He is fighting and he is winning. He has no sign of infection. His heart is strong and working well. His kidneys have been affected, but as of today, he has started dialysis to clean the toxins out of his blood. Fred is going to make it. God is good!” She has yet to comment on his passing.
Fred the Godson Death
Fred the Godson passed on from Coronavirus complications as per TMZ. Fred the Godson died two weeks after announcing on his Instagram that he had contracted the novel coronavirus. In a post made on 6th April while in the hospital bed and wearing an oxygen mask to help him breathe, he asked his fans for prayers and support.
His wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, told News 12 on April 8 that a doctor said he wasn’t faring well. “it was just like – he’s gone and he’s gonna die, that’s it. I don’t even know how I felt, I just felt like I was going to die,” she said. However, she added that he had started to have some positive progress while in the hospital, with the ventilator supporting him 70 percent rather than 100 percent. This seemed like a good sign, but she also said he would have an uphill battle to recover and be released. It is unclear if he was ever released from the hospital. Fred the Godson suffered from asthma and had problems with his kidneys. According to the CDC, “people with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs) cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.”
The day before his death, Thomas publicist told the Source that the rapper was completely relying on a ventilator to breathe. Thomas had been public about his battles with asthma in the past. His publicist said that Thomas’ fever had been reduced significantly from a high of 105 degrees but that his kidneys had stopped functioning. The publicist also said that Thomas’ vitals signs, including his heart rate, had been showing signs of recovery.
News of his passing first broke after DJ Self posted it on his Instagram page on the afternoon of April 23: “was loved by many never heard one bad thing about you RIP @fredthegodsonmusic Sleep Well my brother.
On April 1st, days before he was hospitalized, Fred the Godson was seen on the street with a mask apparently in good health. “Good morning y’all! Through it, all we all are still “BLESSED” hope I all have blessed Wednesday!#godisgreat”
Fred the Godson has received tributes from many musicians in the hip hop industry. Rapper Lloyd Banks also offered his tributes and condolences to Thomas loved ones on twitter. Kemba from The Bronx also paid a heartfelt tribute to Thomas with a tweet that read, “RIP Fred the Godson man. F***. 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’s friends. I was the little homie. This s*** hurts.”
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
Other artists to pay tribute to the Rapper include Fat Joe that wrote on Instagram, “My little brother oooh 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.”
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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 Mohicans 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Nas also expressed his grief on Instagram when he wrote, “Peace to you Fred the God Son on your ascension. Prayers to your family. Salute.”
French Montana and other musicians expressed their shock on the death of young talent and urged people to stay safe and at home as “Corona is real.”