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Fredo Santana

Fredo Santana
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Background information
Derrick D Coleman[1][2]
Born(1990-07-04)July 4, 1990[3]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Reseda, Los Angeles, California[4]
GenresHip hop, drill, trap
LabelsSavage Squad Records, Glory Boyz Entertainment, Interscope Records

Derrick D Coleman (July 4, 1990 - January 19, 2018), was an American rapper better known by his stage name Fredo Santana.

The older cousin of Chief Keef, Santana began recording music in 2011, releasing a series of mixtapes throughout 2012 and 2013. 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 fatal seizure on January 19, 2018.[6][7][8]

Music career

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]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 life

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


Health problems

Santana was a heavy user of drugs, at one point being addicted to both Xanax and lean. Santana attributed his drug use to trauma experienced during his childhood, claiming he had post traumatic stress disorder and turned to drugs as a coping mechanism.[19][20]

Santana was hospitalised in March 2017 after suffering a seizure, which he blamed on a heavy workload and his poor sleep schedule.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23] Santana was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with both liver and kidney failure, with the main factors being his addiction to Xanax and lean.[24] Santana expressed interest in going to rehab while in hospital.[25]

On the evening of January 19, 2018 at around 11:30pm 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.[26]


Studio albums

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
45 -- --
Fredo Kruger 2
  • Released: September 8, 2017
  • Label: Savage Squad Records, Empire
  • Formats: Digital download
-- -- --


  • It's a Scary Site (2012)[27]
  • Fredo Kruger (2013)[28]
  • Street Shit (with Gino Marley) (2013)[29]
  • It's a Scary Site 2 (2013)[30]
  • Walking Legend (2014)[31]
  • Ain't No Money Like Trap Money (2015)[32]
  • Fredo Mafia (with 808 Mafia) (2016)
  • Plugged In (2017)[33]


List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"I Need More" (featuring Young Scooter)[34] 2013 Fredo Kruger
"Bird Talk" Scary Site 2
"Jealous" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)[35] Trappin Aint Dead
"It's Only Right" 2014 Walking Legend

Guest appearance


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  3. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter: "My birthday is 2ma not today ?&#x;~?"". 2014-07-03. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Rapper Fredo Santana Dead from Fatal Seizure". TMZ. January 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  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 .
  10. ^ Sep 24th, 2013 at 4:30 pm (2013-09-24). "Fredo Santana Speaks On His Part In Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home"". Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Fredo Santana - Trappin Ain't Dead - Listen". Audiomack. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Fredo Santana Debuts Kendrick Lamar-Assisted Song, 'Jealous': Listen". Billboard. 2013-10-31. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, Chief Keef Will Be On Fredo Santana's New Project - XXL". 2013-10-29. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Fredo Santana - Its A Scary Site 2 Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2013-12-20. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Chief Keef And Fredo Santana Are Coming Out With An Album - XXL". Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Fredo Santana Announces Joint Album With Chief Keef". 2014-02-28. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Fredo Santana Reveals Tracklist And Cover Art For "Walking Legend"". 2014-07-09. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Chief Keef RedEye Interview in Chicago". YouTube. 2012-04-28. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Fredo Santana Taken to Hospital After Having a Seizure - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Fredo Santana's Cause of Death Includes Cardiovascular Disease - XXL". Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Fredo Santana in the Hospital With Liver and Kidney Failure - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "FREDO SANTANA SSR on Twitter". Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "The cause of Chicago rapper Fredo Santana's death has been determined". Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "It's a Scary Site by Fredo Santana on iTunes". 2013-02-28. Retrieved .
  28. ^ "Fredo Kruger Hosted by DJ Victoriouz, Trap-A-Holics & DJ Twin Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2013-02-28. Retrieved .
  29. ^ "Fredo Santana & Gino Marley - Street Shit Hosted by DJ Victoriouz & DJ Twin // Free Mixtape @". 2013-06-27. Retrieved .
  30. ^ "Fredo Santana - It's A Scary Site 2 Mixtape".
  31. ^ "Walking Legend Hosted by DJ Scream, DJ Bandz & DJ Lil Keem Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2014-07-31. Retrieved .
  32. ^ "Fredo Santana - Aint No Money Like Trap Money Hosted by DJ Holiday Mixtape - Stream & Download". 2015-05-20. Retrieved .
  33. ^ C. Vernon Coleman II (January 28, 2017). "Fredo Santana Releases New 'Plugged In' Mixtape". XXL. Retrieved 2017.
  34. ^ "I Need More (feat. Young Scooter) [Explicit]: Fredo Santana: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved .
  35. ^ "Jealous (feat. Kendrick Lamar) [Explicit]: Fredo Santana: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved .
  36. ^ Ray, Jason (January 17, 2014). "Ty Dolla $ign - Beach House EP". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2014.

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