The Rise of Fredo

Elle Evans

By Elle Evans

Elle Evans

19 Feb 2019

Releasing his debut album earlier this month. We are going to take a further look into the success and rise of Fredo so far. 

Fredo is one of the biggest UK rappers in the scene right now. Since emerging on the scene back in 2016 the rapper has been growing immensely. To reach the level Fredo is at now in his career can take artists years but for Fredo it’s been nothing but a breeze. Before releasing a UK rap anthem in 2016 some of you may have recognised him from the Harrow Road Boyz crew. Fredo is seen backing and showing support to some of his bredrins in various visuals such as ‘Im Back’ by Rugrat and Ratlin’s ‘Messiah’.

Fredo dropped his first official single ‘They Ain’t 100’ back in 2016. The track soon became an anthem for the streets in the UK. The hit was being played in every club and rave up and down the UK with masses of people shouting the infamous hook. Skipping forward years later and it’s still got the same hype around it like it did when it first came out. This track sent him to the top of the UK rap scene creating an insane hype which everyone was talking about. The track caught the eye of many including Drake. Drake has a reputation for his respect and love for the UK scene and Fredo’s anthem was played on an episode of OVO Radio.

Following the release of his single, he also appeared on Tim Westwood’s Crib Session alongside HRB. The rapper dropped freestyles with Young Adz, Ratlin and Shak Corleone. As well as this he released two more singles ‘Pattern Gang’ and ‘Trap Spot’ where he then told us a full length project was arriving. The summer of 2016 was a big year for him. Fredo also featured on Kojo Funds and Abra Cadabra’s ‘Dun Talkin (Remix)’ alongside other UK artists Yxng Bane, Frisco and JME which gave him further exposure.

If you thought 2016 was a big year, 2017 was only gonna get better for Fredo. Kicking off the year with a Fire in the Booth with Charlie Sloth the rapper started racking up more views. March of 2017 Fredo dropped his long awaited mixtape ‘Get Rich or Get Recalled’. The mixtape is made up of 14 tracks featuring various other UK artists including Blade Brown, Ratlin, Donae’o and Muscle. Despite having short trips to jail, Fredo was constantly grinding and pushing out more music for the fans. Wireless festival came around where he secured his second appearance. Fredo performed there back in 2016 and 2017 alongside the likes of WSTRN and more. 

Fredo’s work rate has never gone unknown. The rapper dropped the visuals for ‘Pulling Up’ featuring Blade Brown and hit song ‘Like That’. Which with no surprise landed as another street anthem for the UK sending fans wild. In gaining so much success in such a short period of time this enabled Fredo to go on his first headline tour. The tour sold out within days of the tickets being released. Charlie Sloth also dropped an album ‘The Plug’ which Fredo also featured on among other huge UK names. 

By the time 2018 came around, Fredo dropped his second full length project ‘Tables Turn’. This mixtape reached top 5 in the UK Album Charts. ‘Tables Turn’ contained some more major singles such as ‘Rappin & Trappin’ and ‘Change’ which secured Fredo’s position in the UK scene. Which tracks are your favourites off of the mixtape? Mine are ‘Change’, ’Never’ and ‘Rappin & Trappin’.

Later last year Fredo also collaborated with Young T & Bugsey forming the summer infused hit ‘Ay Caramba’. Whilst shooting the video fans were quick to observe how much fun Fredo was having in Ibiza surrounded by models. Still pushing out more music Fredo dropped two more bangers, ‘Problem’ featuring Yxng Bane and the inescapable tune with Dave ‘Funky Friday’. The collaboration with Dave went to No.1 in the charts. Everyone was gassed about this collaboration so to see it go No.1 as an independent release was an amazing monumental moment for the UK Rap scene.

Fredo still coming with the consistency released two more tracks ‘BMT’ and ‘Survival of the Fittest’. Not only this but he also collaborated with German rapper Luciano on ‘Money’.

Earlier this month he finally dropped his highly anticipated debut album ‘Third Avenue’ which features Dave and Lil Dotz. This album focuses primarily on his roots. Growing up on Mozart Estate which has 6 avenues leading into it, Fredo grew up on the third which the album title plays tribute too. You can tell Fredo spent a lot of time on this album. The deliveries lyrically and through instrumentals have been executed perfectly. Whilst some tracks he discusses the world around him on ‘Morning’ and ‘Property Picking’ others like ‘Love You for That’ is an emotional song dedicated to his Mum.

Not only the release of his album has come within the last month. He also dropped by Tiffany Calver’s first freestyle on the 1Xtra Rap Show. Fredo treated us with another freestyle which has racked up over a million views and was trending on YouTube.

It’s safe to say Fredo has a lot more for us in the future and we can’t wait. You can catch Fredo on his headline tour which kicks off this month as well as his European tour which starts in May.

Check out a previous article here about Fredo’s debut album Third Avenue!