R.I.P. Fred The Godson—The Internet Mourns Rapper's Passing

Hip-hop artist Fred the Godson died after battling COVID-19 complications since the beginning of April. The rapper, who was 35, had been placed on a ventilator earlier this month and died Thursday, according to Complex.

The Bronx, New York, native made waves in the hip-hop community with Armageddon, his 2010 mixtape, which earned him a spot in XXL magazine's 2011 Freshman Class, along with other future stars like Kendrick Lamar, YG, Mac Miller and Lil B.

Throughout his career, Fred released 10 mixtapes, which featured collaborations with the likes of Lil' Kim, Fat Joe, Pusha T and Raekwon. He also frequently worked with Tyler Woods, Jaquae and Jim Jones, appearing on multiple releases. His most recent mixtape was 2020's Payback, which was released in March.

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Fred the Godson and Jaquae, rear, perform at S.O.B.'s in New York City on December 20, 2016. Johnny Nunez/WireImage/Getty

Tributes for Fred poured in shortly after his death, including one from his collaborator Jaquae, who said he was lost following the rapper's death and shared a photo of him on Instagram.

Other rappers paid tribute on Twitter. Skyzoo wrote about Fred's lyrical abilities, calling him a "lyrical swordsman of the highest order for the city." Interviewer Kxng Crooked wrote about how thankful he was to spend some time with the rapper in February.

Damn, RIP my man Fred The Godson. Since like 2001 it was always great vibes and bar fests when we were around one another. Lyrical swordsman of the highest order for the city. Smh. 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #FredTheGodson

— Skyzoo (@skyzoo) April 23, 2020

Today is a sad one.. My guy Fred.. I thank God I was able to spend a few days in the lab with him in February hangin out..talkin music and life with our brother Joell.. Fred The Godson rest in poetry, power and paradise 🙏🏾

— itsCROOK (@CrookedIntriago) April 23, 2020

Rest In Peace Fred the Godson 🙏🏽

— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) April 23, 2020

Mickey Factz wrote a lengthy thread about the rapper, noting that word had spread about Fred before he met him and noted that he'd seen him ciphering on a Hood Life DVD. He also spoke about the hype surrounding Fred before he became successful, including rumors that he met Jay-Z because of his song "I Am."

Factz ended the thread by talking about what a major loss Fred's death is to the Bronx hip-hop community. "All in all he was a good friend, a father, husband and pillar in the bronx as far as lyricists. Hip Hop and the scene for Mc's are going to be hurting for awhile due to this," he tweeted.

2002 I had heard about a guy name Fred The Godson. And then later on I saw him on Hoodlyfe Dvd’s. Shout to @terrellblair for capturing him that early on. He was always punchline heavy. It was never something he just picked up as time went on.

— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) April 23, 2020

That song, a lot of people dont know grabbed the attention of @kodaklens there was rumors that he met with Jay off that ONE SONG. I was jealous lolol. I aint gon lie. We finally crossed paths in like 2005. During a cipher. He Cooked.

— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) April 23, 2020

Rapper Kemba wrote about Fred serving as an inspiration for his own career when he was younger. "When I was growing up in Hunts Point, he would pull up like a superstar. Everyone thought he was the best. I was trying to be as good as he was. Him and my older brother friends. I was the little homie," he tweeted.

Fans mourned Fred's loss by sharing clips, including freestyles he dropped on New York radio station WQHT, his own songs and ciphers.

Rest in Power, Gordo #RIPFredDaGodsonhttps://t.co/9YdW30KilI

— Ang P (@AngTheFuture) April 23, 2020

RIP to Fred The Godson. A legend in his own right. pic.twitter.com/qCyvJXzlZT

— The Pilot Boys Podcast (@pilotboyspod) April 23, 2020

All these Bars......now My mans is gone....Damn! RIP Fred The Godson. pic.twitter.com/LshfEq1EWn

— Tre Magic (@Tremagician) April 23, 2020

"I leave chicks like Ewing, knees hurt with no ring" I'm still trippin off that bar 10 years later. #RIPFredTheGodson https://t.co/KwQCllWio6

— Edward Bowser (@etbowser) April 23, 2020