Fred The Godson stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk about his new City of God mixtape.
Fred discusses his lyrics and wordplay saying that’s what drew him to rap. “The first metaphor I heard ever was the Jay-Z joint ‘Reasonable Doubt’ when he said, ‘As I wake when I creeped in, looked in his casket, feeling sarcastic, looking I’m still sleeping.’ I was like wow. When I write something I just like that reaction. I always try to bust my brain and think about things that no one else thinks about. So I can prove to people I belong in this joint.”
He hasn’t signed a deal with a major label yet. “We got labels going back and forth,” Fred says. “But right now I’m making so much money off the features, the clubs, the appearances, walk throughs, that we ain’t starving.” He discusses the type of label situation he wants saying, “Major is the goal for me. Because I just want my joint to be out there. I need that push. I need the world to hear this.”
Fred talks about why New York rappers aren’t mainstream successful and what they’re lacking. “It’s an overstauration of rappers in New York,” he says. “Everybody’s trying to beat each other instead of embracing.” He talks about the lack of lyricists in the game, what NY artists’ he would want to tour with, and he addresses theWorld Star video with someone having his chain.
He’s been rapping for 9 years before his song was ever played on the radio. He’s never been signed to a label and has never had a day job. Fred talks about being cautious before signing anything. “We don’t like to do anything that might hurt,” he says. “We like to do things that, if at the end of the day, if it goes wrong, it doesn’t hurt.” The mixtape features all original music and is hosted by DJ Drama with appearances by Pusha T, Diddy, Meek Mill, Raekwon, Maino, Vado, among others.