Community leaders, fellow NYC rappers and fans of Fred the Godson came
together Monday to honor the late South Bronx rapper with a co-street
Fred, 35, died in April 2020 after losing his battle with the COVID-19 virus.
Now, almost a year after his death, his name will forever be known in his
The intersection of Kelly Street and Leggett Avenue in the South Bronx will
now be also known as “Frederick ‘Fred The Godson’ Thomas Avenue.” New
York City Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr. led the ceremony, followed
by guest speakers that included fellow Bronx rapper Fat Joe and Harlem
rapper Jim Jones.
“Today we paid homage to a Bronx legend who graced the us with a sound
that sent waves through the hip hop industry,” Salamanca said via a Twitter
post. “@FREDTHEGODSON will forever grace the streets of the South Bronx
as we renamed Leggett Ave. & Kelly St. in his honor.”
Fred became well known after he was featured on XXL Magazine’s 2011
Freshmen Cover. That annual magazine cover identifying promising rookie
performers often helped launch young rappers’ careers. The list also
featured present day hip-hop heavyweights like Meek Mill and Kendrick
Lamar, along with the late rapper Mac Miller. Although Fred didn’t go on to
sell millions of records, he is still regarded as a Bronx legend.