It has been less than a year since the Hip-Hop world lost a real one, Fred the Godson.
The gaping hole on the block can never be filled, and so friends, family, and fans are making sure that his legacy will be cemented in the streets.
On a snowy Monday, February 22, 2021, the borough of his birth (The Bronx) honored him by co-naming the corner of Leggett Ave and Kelly Street after him. From now on, people will also be able to refer to the block as “Frederick “Fred the Godson” Thomas Way.
His sister spoke to why this block was chosen:
“Good morning, everybody. I know a lot of people was asking, ‘Why this block? Out of all the neighborhoods we were blessed to be on, why this specific block?’”
“But a fire brought us here.”
“My mother got her independence here … This is where a mother’s love and a father’s protection prevailed and allowed us to live our wildest dreams. This is where a community crunched down on a boy’s talent.”
The ceremony featured several notables such as Fat Joe, Jim Jones, Sway Calloway, Mysonne, DJ Bobby Trends, and Ruben Diaz, Jr. There was also a special performance from Fat Boy Izzo to keep the people warmed-up in the cold.
Mysonne was gracious enough to post a video of the event.
He worked with music royalty like Busta Rhymes, Waka Flocka Flame, and Cam’ron and was a part of the class of emcees that produced names like Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, YG, and the late Mac Miller.
His music and family are his greatest legacy. Two ways fans can continue to honor his life are to PURCHASE his music and to support the Fred The Godson Foundation.
FTGF has a mission to inspire, empower, and nourish individuals, children, and families in underserved communities. Initially, their aid is centered around the South Bronx, a place where not only was he born … but so was the entire culture of Hip-Hop.
Additional reporting by Slops