“I’m gone be in jail if I don’t make it rapping.”
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and consequently, you are judged by the people you surround yourself with. This seems to be the story of Fredo Ruthless’s life. Raised in Jackson, Tennessee, the up and coming rapper cut his lyrical tooth as his father began to play beats for the family to rap over in the kitchen. Fredo quickly realized that this was his gift. He began to lock himself in his closet and freestyle with an old mic and his phone. This was the start, and a fitting one at that.
Fredo Ruthless is not your average rapper, and his aggressive tales of gang violence and substance abuse are not pinings for “clout”, but rather a raw, natural expression of his life and the turmoil all around him. He is the perfect synecdoche for Nashville’s youth, and it is evident with his following. Fredo’s Soundcloud might as well be common core for MNPS, as every student who attends a Nashville public high school is well versed in the lyrics, and budding reputation of the young spitter.
At the tender age of eighteen Fredo has a lot of living left to do, but he has seen more than most could fathom in his adolescence. He saw friends killed and sent to jail during his time in Jackson, and was quickly dubbed a “Menace to Society,” by the local judge. Fredo was labeled, expected to be another statistic, and would be assumed guilty by association for the rest of his stay there, so he left. Moved to Nashville to chase his dream, which is a common theme here, but this is not the Jason Aldean “Crazy Town,” story that has cemented itself as the Nashville stereotype.
He does not model the traditional southern rap style in form, or delivery either, and it makes sense considering he was locking himself in his closet to freestyle over Chicago and Detroit artists.
His songs are aggressive and real. His words rip through the listener as if his mouth were attached to the machine guns he flashes in nearly all of his visuals. Fredo Ruthless is the streets, and his immediate success proves it. It resonates with people. He strikes a chord with Nashville listeners, not for his bars or hooks, but rather for his spotless portrayal of everyday life in the city of Nashville.
Although “100 Shots,” and “Drug Addict,” would scare your typical suburban dad shitless, it’s hard to ignore how the story of Fredo Ruthless is that of the American Dream. Instead of being sucked into the negativity of the street, Fredo not only overcame it, but mastered it, and inspires Nashville’s youth to tell the story of the trials and tribulations that are all to commonly endured.
All he has are his words and his balls in the ocean that is hip-hop, filled with sharks eager to take a young black man’s talent and abuse it for his personal gain. The world belongs to him. He is the youngest, hottest thing out of Nashville since a Hume-Fogg student by the name of All-Star began peddling his CDs on the campus of Tennessee State University. Fredo is taking the city by storm. And the self proclaimed “trap rockstar” doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Music City Underground recently spoke with the young artist:
MCU: Why do you make music?
Fredo: Music is something I enjoy, and I can tell my story through my songs.
MCU: What are your long term goals in this industry?
Fredo: To get wealthy.
MCU: What other Nashville artists do you enjoy working with?
Fredo: I mostly like to be independent, but I’ve woked with a few people like Ganz , treetxp_wicked , 615exclusive & more.
MCU: Why do you think you appeal to Nashville’s youth so well?
Fredo: Because I’m a well known person, and most of them can relate or vouch to what’s in my lyrics.
MCU: When can we expect a Fredo Ruthless mixtape?
Fredo: Soon 🔥 I’m working on it.
MCU: What’s next?
Fredo: Next I’m dropping my visual “ NO HOOK. ” Stay tuned.
Check out Fredo Ruthless’s newest visual for “Drug Addict:”