Fredo Santana

Derrick Coleman[3][4] (July 4, 1990 – January 19, 2018), better known by his stage name Fredo Santana, was an American rapper. The older cousin of Chicago rapper Chief Keef, Santana began recording music in 2011, releasing a series of mixtapes throughout 2012 and 2013.

Fredo Santana
Coleman in 2015
Coleman in 2015
Background information
Born(1990-07-04)July 4, 1990[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 19, 2018(2018-01-19) (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[2]
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–2018
Associated acts

His debut studio album, Trappin Ain't Dead, was released on October 31, 2013, via Savage Squad, and peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard 200.[5] Santana's second studio album, Fredo Krueger 2, a sequel to his 2013 mixtape Fredo Krueger, was released on September 8, 2017.

Santana died of a seizure on January 19, 2018.[6][7][8]

Music careerEdit

Fredo's first mixtape, It's a Scary Site, was released on September 20, 2012. It featured production by TM88, Young Chop, 12Hunna, Leek E Leek, J-Hill, C-Sick, and Paris Bueller as well as guest appearances from Chief Keef, Lil Reese, King L, Gino Marley, Frenchie, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby, and Lil Durk. Santana's second mixtape, Fredo Kruger, was released on February 28, 2013, and featured production by 808 Mafia, Young Chop and Mike Will Made It, as well as guest appearances from Migos, Juelz Santana, Soulja Boy, Young Scooter, Fat Trel, Alley Boy, Lil Durk and Lil Reese among others. It would later be released for retail sale via iTunes on May 7, 2013.[9]

On September 24, 2013, Fredo Santana made a cameo appearance in Drake's music video for "Hold On, We're Going Home", in which he portrayed a bad guy kidnapping Drake's "girlfriend."[10]

His debut album, Trappin Ain't Dead, was released on November 20, 2013.[11][12] The album featured guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Chief Keef, Peewee Longway and other members of Glory Boyz Entertainment.[13] It's a Scary Site 2 was released on December 20, 2013.[14]

On February 27, 2014, Santana announced that he and Keef were going to release a collaboration album Blood Thicker Than Water.[15][16] On July 9, 2014, he revealed the track list for his upcoming album Walking Legend.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Santana was the older cousin of Chicago rapper Chief Keef.[18]

Santana is survived by his son, born in 2017.[19]

Health issuesEdit

Santana was a heavy user of drugs, at one point being addicted to Xanax and lean. Santana attributed his heavy drug use to trauma experienced during his childhood, claiming he had posttraumatic stress disorder and turned to drugs as a coping mechanism.[20][21]

Santana was hospitalised in March 2017 after suffering a seizure, which he blamed on a heavy workload and his poor sleep schedule.[22] After the seizures persisted, Santana was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy in May 2017 and prescribed Keppra to treat it. Despite the medicine, Santana continued to suffer from seizures, usually multiple seizures in a row.[23]

Santana was hospitalized once again in October 2017 after friend and fellow rapper Gino Marley found Santana mid seizure on the floor of his house with blood coming from his mouth.[24] Santana was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with both liver and kidney failure, with the main factors being his addiction to Xanax and lean.[25] Santana expressed interest in going to rehab while in hospital.[26]


On the evening of January 19, 2018, at around 11:30 p.m. local time, Santana's girlfriend discovered him unresponsive at their home in Reseda, Los Angeles.[6][7][8] Shortly after, Santana was pronounced dead. He had suffered a fatal seizure, and an autopsy revealed he had developed cardiovascular disease in addition to the previous conditions he suffered from.[27] Santana is one of a number of celebrities who were 27 years old when they died.


Studio albumsEdit

Studio album, with chart position
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B/Hip-Hop US Rap
Trappin Ain't Dead
  • Released: October 31, 2013
  • Label: Savage Squad Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Fredo Kruger 2
  • Released: September 8, 2017
  • Label: Savage Squad Records, Empire
  • Formats: Digital download


  • It's a Scary Site (2012)[28]
  • Fredo Kruger (2013)[29]
  • Street Shit (with Gino Marley) (2013)[30]
  • It's a Scary Site 2 (2013)[31]
  • Walking Legend (2014)[32]
  • Ain't No Money Like Trap Money (2015)[33]
  • Fredo Mafia (with 808 Mafia) (2016)
  • Plugged In (2017)[34]


List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"I Need More" (featuring Young Scooter)[35] 2013 Fredo Kruger
"Bird Talk" It's a Scary Site 2
"Jealous" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)[36] Trappin Ain't Dead
"It's Only Right" 2014 Walking Legend

Guest appearanceEdit


  1. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter: "My birthday is 2ma not today đ&#x;˜?"". 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  2. ^ "Rapper Fredo Santana Dead from Fatal Seizure". TMZ. January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Gale, Alex. "Chief Keef Could Earn Up to $6 Million From Record Deal | News". BET. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  4. ^ Staff, KollegeKidd (30 August 2014). "Fredo Santana Beat Up A School Teacher When He Was 14". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  5. ^ Ramirez, Erika Fredo Santana Debuts Kendrick Lamar-Assisted Song, 'Jealous': Listen Billboard. May 30, 2015
  6. ^ a b "Chicago rapper Fredo Santana, cousin of Chief Keef, dies at 27". Sun-Times Media. 21 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b Loughrey, Clarisse (21 January 2018). "Fredo Santana dies: Rapper who appeared in Drake video passes away age 27". The Independent.
  8. ^ a b Cook-Wilson, Winston (20 January 2018). "Chicago Rapper Fredo Santana Dies at 27". Billboard.
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Fredo Kruger by Fredo Santana". 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  10. ^ "Fredo Santana Speaks On His Part In Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home"". 2013-09-24. Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  11. ^ "Fredo Santana - Trappin Ain't Dead - Listen". Audiomack. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  12. ^ "Fredo Santana Debuts Kendrick Lamar-Assisted Song, 'Jealous': Listen". Billboard. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  13. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, Chief Keef Will Be On Fredo Santana's New Project - XXL". 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  14. ^ "Fredo Santana - Its A Scary Site 2 Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  15. ^ "Chief Keef And Fredo Santana Are Coming Out With An Album - XXL". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  16. ^ "Fredo Santana Announces Joint Album With Chief Keef". 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  17. ^ "Fredo Santana Reveals Tracklist And Cover Art For "Walking Legend"". 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  18. ^ "Chief Keef RedEye Interview in Chicago". YouTube. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  19. ^ Staff, KollegeKidd (5 June 2017). "Fredo Santana Celebrates Birth of Son". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  20. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  21. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Fredo Santana Taken to Hospital After Having a Seizure - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Fredo Santana's Cause of Death Includes Cardiovascular Disease - XXL". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  24. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Fredo Santana in the Hospital With Liver and Kidney Failure - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  26. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  27. ^ "The cause of Chicago rapper Fredo Santana's death has been determined". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  28. ^ "It's a Scary Site by Fredo Santana on iTunes". 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  29. ^ "Fredo Kruger Hosted by DJ Victoriouz, Trap-A-Holics & DJ Twin Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  30. ^ "Fredo Santana & Gino Marley - Street Shit Hosted by DJ Victoriouz & DJ Twin // Free Mixtape @". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  31. ^ "Fredo Santana - It's A Scary Site 2 Mixtape". Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  32. ^ "Walking Legend Hosted by DJ Scream, DJ Bandz & DJ Lil Keem Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  33. ^ "Fredo Santana - Aint No Money Like Trap Money Hosted by DJ Holiday Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  34. ^ C. Vernon Coleman II (January 28, 2017). "Fredo Santana Releases New 'Plugged In' Mixtape". XXL. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  35. ^ "I Need More (feat. Young Scooter) [Explicit]: Fredo Santana: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  36. ^ "Jealous (feat. Kendrick Lamar) [Explicit]: Fredo Santana: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  37. ^ Ray, Jason (January 17, 2014). "Ty Dolla $ign - Beach House EP". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved January 30, 2014.