Chicago rapper Fredo Santana died on Friday, Jan. 19. The rapper best known for the album Trappin Ain't Dead Yet was 27 years old.
Born Derrick Coleman, Santana was the elder cousin of "Love Sosa" rapper Chief Keef. Santana began his career in 2012 with the release of his mixtape It's a Scary Site. The mixtape featured other upcoming artists such as Young Chop, TM88, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, and King L.
Santana released his second mixtape, Fredo Kruger, in February 2013. The mixtape featured guest appearances from Soulja Boy, Juelz Santana, Young Scooter, and Migos.
Fredo became a mainstream success after making a cameo appearance in fellow hip-hop artist Drake's popular hit "Just Hold On We're Going Home" music video.
His debut album Trappin Ain't Dead Yet featured guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, PeeWee Longway and Chief Keef.
In 2014, Santana collaborated with his cousin for the album Blood Thicker Than Water. Santana released two more mixtapes in 2017, Plugged In and Fredo Kruger 2.
Santana was signed to the record label Savage Squads Records.
The Music World Reacts
The rapper was discovered dead in his home by his girlfriend. The cause of death has not been determined yet, however the rapper recently suffered from kidney and liver problems for several months due to his addiction to lean. It has also been reported that the rapper may have suffered a fatal seizure, which is triggered by using lean.
Fellow artists and entertainers have begun to pay tribute to the late rapper on their social media accounts.
RIP FREDO SANTANA LOVE U MY BOY
— YG ADDIE A$AP ANT (@ygAddie) January 20, 2018
Fredo , God Bless ya life. God be with you. Infinite prayers for you and your family . Rest well young brother
— Wale (@Wale) January 20, 2018
— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) January 20, 2018