Album Review: Fredo Santana- ‘Walking Legend’

Fredo Santana is a “Walking Legend” in the making. Fredo, 24, is a newcomer to the Hip Hop scene. But in his short rap career he has released a total of six project. This includes mixtapes “It’s A Scary Site,” “Fredo Kruger,” “Street Sh*t” with Gino Marley and “Scary Site 2.”

Fredo released his debut album “Trappin Ain’t Dead” in October 2013.

Fredo put in the work and is now out to show the world why he deserves his blessings at this point in his life.

It is dead presidents that consume Fredo’s mind. Fredo is making trap decisions in “Check Came In,” a Dirty Vans production.

Fredo raps, “Check came in, so a young n-gga flexing/Could’ve bought a house, but instead I bought some weapons/Should I buy some bricks, sh-t, that is not a question/Finna f-ck yo b-tch then I might buy her a necklace.”

And this is just the intro. Fredo has many more where that came from on his album.

Fredo was able to secure production from Zaytoven and Will-A-Fool on “It Don’t Make No Sense.” The South Side Chicago rapper’s life doesn’t make any sense. It’s literally something out of a storybook. He’s a trapper-turned-rapper, XXL Freshman candidate and social media star, to name a few.

Fredo raps, “I got a hundred f-cking guns and I be on dumb sh-t/Got my mama texting me like ‘Fredo, that don’t make no sense.’ But I can’t be lacking, you know how sh-t is.”

Fredo Santana spits realness in “Coming Up.” Fredo talks his rise in the music game in this. But the most noteworthy aspect of Fredo’s rise is where he started.

Fredo hails from 61st and Indiana in South Side Chicago and grew up in poverty.

“Coming up, I had roaches, rats in my crib/Swear to God, I ain’t never had sh-t,” Fredo raps.

Fredo recalled being aware of his predicament at age of 10, demanding answers from his mother who could barely support him.

“I was like, ‘Mama, what the f--- is going on,’” he recalled during an interview with Village Voice.

Fredo grew to become depressed by his living conditions.

“…I’ve always been happy, but I wasn’t happy with the surroundings. My surroundings,” he told Village Voice. “My aunties and my mama and my neighbors. The community. Just the black community. The culture. How it just keep going and keep going. The poverty. All that. I wasn’t happy with that.”

Since Fredo came from the bottom, all he ever wanted to do was to make it to the top. Fredo is speaking that into existence in his Metro Boomin production featuring Lil Durk. Fredo pretty much sums up his ambitions in the song’s hook, rapping, “All I ever wanted/To make it to the top/All I ever wanted/To count all this guap.”

Learn a person’s story and walk in their shoes before you judge. This appears to be Fredo’s message as he tells his story in the Young Chop-produced “Half Of It.”

Fredo remembers being homeless with no clothes. He turned to selling drugs to earn money.

“I remember being f-cked up/Down and bad with no luck/Only thing on my mind was a f-cking come up,” he raps.

Fredo Santana and Gino Marley are master trappers in their Will-A-Fool production. They have their wrists to thank for their fortune. Fredo raps, “Give me two bricks, watch me turn them b-tch to six/Got a couple b-tches and they watch me water whip.”

People change and money change, according to Fredo. Sometimes, it’s money that causes people to change. Fredo tapped 300 protégé Lil Reese in his thought-provoking Ducko McFli and Childish Major production.

Sosa was originally slated to appear on Fredo’s “Sleepin In A Mansion.” This news came after Fredo announced their upcoming joint mixtape “Blood Thicker Than Water.” But Fredo handles this track by his lonesome.

So much pain can be heard in Fredo’s “F*ck The Other Side,” a Will-A-Fool production. The single hit the net following the tragic murder of cousin Blood Money.

It’s hard for Fredo to celebrate his success when he has lost loved ones in the streets. Fredo talks getting high to ease the pain.

The hook in the single has Fredo rapping, “I’ma spazz on you n****s, I say f**k the other side/Keep playing with a check, getting money til I die/So much pain inside, but it’s so hard for me to cry/I gained a lot of money, but I done lost a lot of guys.”

An unlikely collaboration occurred between Fredo and Childish Gambino in their Young Chop-produced track “Riot.”

Fredo is ready to wreck ish on his verse, rapping, “Violence, violence, my money keep on pilin/These b-tches be so childish, these n*ggas be some actors/Blessin to you b-tches, I’m the motherf*ckin pastor/30 on my waist, don’t make me turn your a-- to Casper/Make me do a drill, do a hit, after my last blunt.”

Gambino hits the track, rapping, “I’m like hold up, hold up, hold up, that’s why I tell promoters/I don’t drink Champagne, sh-t I’d much rather be sober/It be chronic or Gin & Tonic, I’m so predominantly winning/On all this rap sh-t, the king of comedy.”

There are some things Fredo and Lil Reese won’t stand for. This was the inspiration behind their Young Chop-produced single “No No.”

Lil Reese hits this track, rapping, “Tweak and front your move, s**t that’s a no no/All my n****s trained to go, shorties and they gon blow/Pull up on you in a (?), s**t we all blow/Couple killers in the vans, s**t they all blow.”

Fredo follows, rapping, “Got Reesey with me so you know, he gon blow though/Keep my eyes open, no lackin, oh no no, no no no, don’t make me blow though/With the 4-4, or the 3-0.”

Fredo tapped up and coming Toronto artist Tory Lanez for single “We On Our Way.”

Tory handled the track’s hook, rapping, “Hopped up out the Rari now they say I’m on m way/If she don’t leave with me I’ma send her on her way/My whip so faire, y’all n-ggas so scared, I know they all afraid/If she don’t leave with me, I’ma send her on her way.”

Fredo raps, “Never signed a deal, independent, had to make a way/Call my plug, say he got that yay, need that sh-t today/Got chips like Frito Lay, b-tches do what Fredo say.”

Fredo was able to tell his story in his sophomore album. He let fans know who the person behind the tattoos and frightening scowl was and how he came to be the person he is today. Fredo was able to diversify his song writing ability in this joint. Fredo’s sophomore proves he is here to stay. The rap game is gonna be a scary site for a long, long time.

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