Album Review: Fredo Santana- ‘Trappin Ain’t Dead’

After releasing several mixtapes for fans’ enjoyment, Fredo Santana felt confident enough to drop his debut album “Trappin Ain’t Dead.” Fredo delivers what the mixtape title suggests as he gives listeners a horrifying depiction of Chiraq’s underground drug trade.

Fredo hints at despair in “Trap Boy” as he talks about the limited opportunities for young black boys in the Chi. Fredo’s opportunity at making money was dabbling in the drug trade.

Fredo hits the track, rapping, “Growing up, I was just another black boy, so I grab some work and I hit the trap boy.”

Rap wasn’t Fredo’s first aspiration. He was merely a trapper who happened to become a rapper, rapping, “I’m a rapper, but don’t confuse me with these rap boys/I be in the trap with them shooters and them trap boys.”

“Jealous” is another strong track from Fredo featuring Hip Hop titan Kendrick Lamar.

Chicago is K Dot’s second home as the Compton rapper boasts eating Harold’s Chicken and busting down a few thots.

Thot, coined by Chicago’s urban residents, is a term to describe a promiscuous woman.

Jealous ones has very much affected the good kid as he raps, “Money change and people change and people come/And people go and act estranged/I’m aggravated cause they hated, confirmation for success/Anticipated, I can taste it.”

There are crabs in the barrel where Fredo is from. Luckily for the Savage Squad Records rapper, he still has the support of his day one bros.

“Coming up, gotta watch who you hang with/I’m still with the same niggas I came with/On the block with the same niggas I banged with/If you ain’t talking moey I don’t know your language,” Fredo raps.

Fredo talks turning nothing into something in “Came Up From Nothing.” Fredo is the boss hog, rapping, “I’m after money til my feet fall off/I’m headed to the top, I can never fall off/You say you want it hard, but I can give it to you soft/Make sure your family straight the first step to being a boss.”

Fredo goes deeper in this track, explaining the “nothing” he came from. He raps, “Coming up, you be surprise what I saw/Niggas dying everyday where I’m from.”

Chiraq is where Fredo resides. It is a city that led the nation in homicides in 2012. The city currently has 388 murders thus far in the 2013.

Fredo is a self-professed member of the notorious Black Disciple street gang, so he sought the production talents of Young Chop for the track “Gang Bang.” Lil Reese lent his vocals for the track’s intro.

Fredo touts his savagery, rapping, “All my niggas grimy, all we do is gang bang/Who the fuck is you, you can’t hang where I hang/I got shooters that’s gon shoot, bullets going through your brain.”

Fredo sought assistance from his East Side counterpart Lil Herb on track “Clockwork.”

Fredo gets to work, rapping, “Go all the way back when I was a young nigga/got my first pack, fell in love with drug dealing/I was hungry and thirsty and I’m still is/That’s why I grind hard like I got six kids/New car, new house, that’s what them bricks did/New jewelry, new kicks, that’s what them licks did/I was born fucked up, I wasn’t a rich kid/Just a young hustler that knew how to flip shit.”

Lil Herb follows Fredo, rapping, “Six o’clock, jamming bags, that’s that clockwork/M-O-B, fuck a bitch, I put the block first/In the trap, fuck a job, that’s where I work/On that eight pushing weight til my arms hurt/And this bezel on my wrist, it make arms hurt/No conversation, I got this 30, I’ma spark first.”

Fredo’s name ring bells, so it was fitting for the trap star to record a song under that title.

In this single, Fredo raps, “He front me 5 bricks and I buy about 10/Trap life or no life, Man, this shit serious/Run off with them bricks you might not see your fucking kids/Savage life bitch, That’s how a nigga live.”

Trappin ain’t dead because Fredo is still in the “Trap House.” Trappin is a nine to five job for Fredo as he raps, “He front me 5 bricks and I buy about 10/Trap life or no life, Man, this shit serious/Run off with them bricks you might not see your fucking kids/Savage life bitch, That’s how a nigga live.”

Fredo linked with cousin Chief Keef for “Bought A Big K.” Fredo and Sosa made for a hot collaboration as they boast their love their assault rifles. Sosa handled the hook as Fredo laid down two verses.

Fredo’s debut album is just as scary as the image he portrays. Fredo details the authentic, gritty lifestyle of a drug dealer. It doesn’t get much realer than this.

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