The Tables Have Turned: Clash Meets Fredo
“I realised the other day, I’ve really got a job - I have to pay tax now!” jokes West London trapper-turned-rapper Fredo. It’s been an exhilarating ride over the last couple of years for the Harrow Road native, who’s latest mixtape ‘Tables Turn’ scored him a Top Five spot on the UK album chart.
The tape was Fredo’s second release behind 2017’s ‘Get Rich or Get Recalled’, and signals a step up in production and content. “I didn’t have a lot of music out there, and I felt like I’ve come a long way as an artist since my last project, so I just wanted to get it out there and see what the reaction was like,” he explains. “With ‘Tables Turn’ it’s just a different time in my life. I feel like I was less clued up about music when I made ‘Get Rich or Get Recalled’, and now I feel like I’m growing and learning more”.
The feature list for ‘Tables Turn’ is rather scarce for a mixtape, but this was intentional. “I like doing songs with other people, but with this project I wanted to showcase myself a bit more, only getting features from my friends, as well as Not3s because he’s a different style musically to myself,” he offers, before expanding on the production process: “The beats are evolving too, and that’s a big part of what makes the project great. I’ve got a guy called JB Productions, he’s done seven of the beats that are on ‘Tables Turn’ and I’ve also worked with other people too like Beat Boss. Looking forward, I’ve started to do a little bit with Steel Banglez as well, his beats are always sick, he’s the go-to guy at the moment.”