Fredo (rapper)

Marvin William Bailey (born March 6, 1994), known professionally as Fredo, is a British rapper and singer from Queen's Park, London. He had a UK number 1 single in 2018 with fellow rapper Dave, called "Funky Friday".[2]

Fredo
Fredo in 2019
Fredo in 2019
Background information
Birth nameMarvin William Bailey[1]
Born (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 28)
OriginQueen's Park, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2016–present
Labels
Websiteofficialfredo.com

Early lifeEdit

Fredo grew up in Queen's Park, London and lived on West London's Mozart Estate where he was surrounded by gang violence and crime.[3][4]

During Fredo's youth, he listened to Giggs and 50 Cent, stating "I remember I used to bang Get Rich or Die Tryin' every day".[5]

CareerEdit

Fredo released his first track "They Ain't 100" in March 2016. Three weeks later he went to prison, on a charge he later beat.[4] Whilst he was in prison, the track gained popularity, with radio play and millions of views. Inspired by its success, and despite a second stint in prison, he persisted in his newfound rapping and recording career, releasing two mixtapes, Get Rich or Get Recalled in 2017, and in 2018 Tables Turn, which reached the Top 10 in the album charts.[1] He also appeared as a featured artist on tracks by Kojo Funds and Young T & Bugsey, as well as on Dave's 2018 hit single "Funky Friday".

Fredo's first full-length album, Third Avenue, was released on 1 February 2019. Produced mostly by JB,[4] it marked Fredo's debut on RCA's Since '93 imprint. It included "Love You for That", a track dedicated to his mother and apologising for not being the perfect son.[3] The album takes its title from the West London housing estate he grew up on.

In January 2021, Fredo released his second album Money Can't Buy Happiness, which contained features from Pop Smoke, Dave, Summer Walker and Young Adz.[6] It peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.[7]

On 24 June 2021, Fredo announced his third album Independence Day which released on 5 August 2021. The album announced that his music would be released independently.[8]

Legal issuesEdit

Fredo spent time in prison on remand in 2016 and 2017, both times for stabbing-related charges that were dropped before reaching court. He has also been the victim of a stabbing attack, having been stabbed four times on one occasion on his local high street.[9]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums

  • Third Avenue (2019)
  • Money Can't Buy Happiness (2021)
  • Independence Day (2021)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (7 February 2019). "London rapper Fredo on the neighbourhood that shaped his music". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Fredo | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com.
  3. ^ a b Sue, David (2 February 2019). "UK rapper Fredo: "My mum's a really big part of my life"". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Thapar, Ciaran (1 February 2019). "Fredo: "I've Spent More Helping My Friends in Prison Than in Harrods"". Vice. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  5. ^ "UK Rap Star Fredo Isn't Resting On His he Laurels". Complex. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Fredo releases new album 'Money Can't Buy Happiness'". Sony Music UK. 29 January 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  7. ^ "money can't buy happiness | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Stream Fredo's 'Independence Day' Album f/ Headie One, Potter Payper, Clavish & More". Complex. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  9. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (7 February 2019). "London rapper Fredo on the neighbourhood that shaped his music". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 April 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)