Also known as `Gordo', Fred has been around for over a decade and, after taking a short break from music, he began making
a comeback last year and has stayed highly prolific since. He released two full-length albums last year, a collab LP with Brooklyn
vet Joell Ortiz and production duo The Heatmakerz called Gorilla Glue, and his own God Level which also featured a handful
of Heatmakerz beats and guest appearances by Benny the Butcher (of the fast-rising Griselda crew), 38 Spesh, Jim Jones,
Marc Scibilia, Axel Leon, Bobbi Storm, and Sweetest Voice. In case you're unfamiliar, Fred is very much cut from the gritty
'90s New York street rap cloth, and it's good timing that his comeback is coinciding with (and linked to) Griselda's unexpected
fame. If you're into what those guys are doing right now but haven't checked out God Level, that's worth changing.
Payback is the latest official album from Fred, and the last before he passed on. The first single 'Rae' features frequent
collaborator 38 Spesh, and it is dropping on Spesh's imprint Air Vinyl. The album also features Klass Murda on the
song 'Sweet Nothings.' It's yet another fine example of throwback New York rap, and an incredible parting shot from
the BX lyrical legend
His prowess can't be captured with a small sampling of punchlines, and his work should be appreciated in full form. In a March
2020 interview with The Source, Fred the Godson said he'd planned to flood the market with new music this year. Payback was
just the beginning for what looked like a breakout year. The hip-hop community has shown love to the late emcee's family, from
Nas to Jadakiss to Juicy J. In his memorial post for Fred the Godson, Fat Joe, who called Fred his "little brother," posted,
"Maybe now the world will pay attention to your greatness."