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Fredo Santana (1990 - 2018), Chicago rapper and cousin of Chief Keef

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Rapped about street life on Chicago's South Side

Fredo Santana, Chicago-based rapper and older cousin of Chief Keef, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 27.

Santana died at his home in Los Angeles. The cause of death has not officially been released.

He had been hospitalized for serious liver and kidney problems in October, according to his Instagram, and had spoken publicly about his drug abuse issues.


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Born Derrick Coleman, he adopted the stage name Fredo Santana and broke into the national music scene in 2012 with the release of his mixtape, “It’s a Scary Site.” He released his debut album, “Trappin Ain’t Dead” in 2013.

His style of hip hop, often called drill, uses graphic lyrics and dark, ominous production to describe street life on the South Side of Chicago.

He has been featured on tracks with his cousin, Chief Keef, and worked alongside many rappers, including Kendrick Lamar, Soulja Boy, and the group Migos.

In 2013 Santana appeared in Drake’s video “Hold On, We’re Going Home” as a villain who kidnapped Drake’s girlfriend.

Santana is survived by his son. 

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