One of the recurring themes in the life of Baton Rouge rapper Fredo Bang is loss–loss of loved ones and brothers to street violence. Flexing his melodic vocals and strong songwriting talent, Fredo shares “Dawg Gone,” his latest video single. The song finds Fredo reckoning with the death of a close friend, approaching the topic from all angles, recounting the moment he heard the news–he heard through a prison phone–and working through his feelings as he rises to fame: “I might look calm, but on the inside I be screaming/They rub my shoulder, ask for gifts like I’m a genie/Don’t wanna hear your problems, you can keep it/You fake as fuck and that’s the reason we ain’t speakin’.” Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Premiered by The FADER, the video re-enacts the moments after Fredo learns of his friend’s death, as he languishes in his cell, before flashing forward to happier moments, haunted by his loved one’s absence. Dedicated to Fredo’s late friends Da Real Gee Money and Blvd Quick, “Dawg Gone” is an emotional highlight from Big Ape, Fredo’s latest mixtape, which garnered over 71 million streams across platforms.
A 20-track effort with production from the likes of Southside, Ben Billions, and frequent collaborator Hardbody B-Eazy, Big Ape is buoyed by Fredo’s mastery of melody, grounded by his lived-in storytelling, and informed by a violent past and months of reflection during a 2017 jail stint. Able to shift from clipped cadences to entrancing melody and back, Fredo hit his stride in recent months, garnering millions of YouTube views on tracks like the moving “Pray To God,” and especially “Oouuh,” an infectious and charismatic single that earned a guest spot from Kevin Gates on the remix and racked up tens of millions of streams on all platforms. The new mixtape is home to “Gangsta Talk,” a vicious flex-off with 16-year-old newcomer NLE Choppa, which piled up over 7 million YouTube views and 1.5 Spotify plays. In recent weeks, Fredo shared videos for “Story To Tell” (Remix), featuring Moneybagg Yo (2.4 million YouTube views), and “Shoot,” the tape’s introductory track. Featuring additional appearances from Tee Grizzley, YNW Melly, Mozzy, Sada Baby, Celly Ru, Yoshi, and Blvd Quick, Big Ape is available everywhere via Sony RED/Bang Biz Ent.
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