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Fredwreck

Background information
Birth name Farid Karam Nassar
Born June 23, 1972 (1972-06-23) (age 37)
Origin Flint, Michigan
Genres Rap & Hip hop
Occupations Record Producer, Rapper, Vocalist
Years active 1988-present
Labels Doggystyle Records
Associated acts Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Kurupt, Eminem, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Lil Kim, Hilary Duff, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Everlast, Cypress Hill, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, The Doors
Website Official website
Notable instruments
keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, bass, drum machine, turntables, flute

Fredwreck (born Farid Nassar in Flint, Michigan) is a record producer from Los Angeles, California. He got his big break when he became a producer for Dr. Dre's newly founded Aftermath Records label, and went on to work with Snoop Dogg's record label Dogghouse Records (now Doggystyle Records) and became a known producer on Tha Dogg Pound-affiliated material. He has produced tracks from Kurupt's Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha and most of his next release, Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey; both released during the period the rapper had left Death Row. He has also produced for other hip hop and pop artists such as Britney Spears, Kurupt, Eminem, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Lil Kim, Hilary Duff, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Everlast, Cypress Hill, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, and The Doors.

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Early life

The first child of Aida Kaileh and Karam Nassar, FredWreck was born on June 23, 1972. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1967 from the Palestinian Territories. They had 2 more children, two sons, named Omar and Salam. Salam "Wreck" went on to Dj for D12, Obie Trice, and Eminem and produced music for DMX, 50 Cent, D12, and Proof.

His father worked as a tool and die maker for AC Spark Plug, a General Motors division, and later moved the family to California to open his own grocery business. In California, FredWreck began breakdancing and DJing at local parties and school dances. This made him a regular at the local record store Upstairs Records, which led to a job at the store as one of the record buyers.

From there FredWreck landed a job doing mixes as a guest on the local radio station, which eventually led him to a weekly mix show spot, and gave him the opportunity to do remixes of songs already on the stations playlist. Record labels soon took notice of his remixes, and began buying them, and distributing them to radio stations across the country. It is at radio where FredWreck first met Sway & King Tech along with Joe Quixx, and became a member of the world famous hip hop radio show, the Wake Up Show.

Music career

Inspired by producers Dr. Dre, Mantronix, Marley Marl, and The Bomb Squad, FredWreck began experimenting with production equipment, recording techniques, and his skills as a DJ to carve out his own sound. The influence of East Coast Hip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop, Electro, Funk, Soul, Arabic and Rock helped give him a signature sound. From 1995 to 1997 he was hired by legendary Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee as an A & R executive at MCA/Universal Records where he oversaw the recordings of artists such as Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Immature, Al Green, King Tee, Shai, Bobby Brown and Soundtracks such as Dangerous Minds, Tales from the Hood, and others.

After leaving MCA/Universal, FredWreck decided to concentrate fully on production. He would give out his production CD to anyone that would listen, and it eventually ended up with Dr. Dre who called FredWreck to come in and collaborate with him in the studio. Which led to him working on the multi-platinum selling Chronic 2001.

His roommate at the time Xzibit introduced him to legendary producer Soopafly, who then also passed his beat CD on to members of the Dogg Pound, Daz and Kurupt. Which led to his production on the Kurupt album Streetz Iz A Mutha, and the chance to work with Snoop Dogg. Snoop then asked FredWreck to join his DoggyStyle Records imprint as a producer which led to production on Snoop's albums, and artists on his label such as Tha Eastsidaz.

In 2007 he partnered up with songwriter Kara Dioguardi to produce songs for pop stars Britney Spears and Hilary Duff. He received an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Album for his production on Britney's Black Out Album and Kara went on to be the new judge on American Idol.

MTV Arabia

The launch of MTV Arabia in 2007 brought FredWreck to his roots in the middle east, where he co-hosted (Hip HopNa) a hip hop talent search across Arabia with friend and partner Qusai (aka Don Legend the Kamelion). The first season led to the discovery of many talented Arab rappers such as Omar Boflot, Desert Heat, Asfalt , Malikah & MC Amin. The program reached 180 million viewers and is the first such program of its kind.

WaNaSaH TV

Fredwreck is currently hosting a weekly Arabian hiphop show called "Beit El-Hiphop" or "The House of Hiphop" beside the Saudi rapper and partner Qusai aka 'Don legend the Kamelion' of Jeddah legends productions.

Gumball 3000

Xzibit at the Gumball 3000 Rally, London 2007.

In the Gumball 3000 2007 rally, FredWreck and Xzibit drove a black Lamborghini Gallardo. During the first day of the rally, Dutch police seized Xzibits driver's license for doing 160 km/h where only 100 km/h was allowed. After the penalty, FredWreck took over the wheel and they were allowed to continue.[1] In an interview with Dutch radio personality Reinout 'Q-Bah' van Gendt,[2] Xzibit says that he mistook the kilometers for miles. Ultimately he never got his license back from the Dutch Police and had to apply for a new one in the United States.

Stop The Oppressive Politics

The STOP Movement was started by Fredwreck on April 19, 2003 [3]. It was created to inform the world about the Iraq War [4]. To reach more people, Fredwreck produced a series of songs with multiple artists including Everlast, Tray Deee. Defari, J-Ro, RBX, Daz Dillinger, Soopafly, Bad Azz, WC, Dilated Peoples, The Mac Minister, Mack 10, Evidence, Cypress Hill, The Alchemist, Mobb Deep and others.

"Down with us" is the first song in the STOP Movement. It is also the anthem for this anti-war movement. It was released on April 28, 2003[3]. Produced by Fredwreck, it features Everlast, Tray Deee, Defari, Daz, J-Ro, RBX, Soopafly, Bad Azz, WC, Dilated Peoples, and Mac Minister [5].

Dear Mr. President is the second STOP Movement song. It was released as a digital download on http://www.fredwreck.com . Also produced by Fredwreck, it features Everlast, Mobb Deep, The Alchemist, Mack 10, WC, Evidence, Defari, KRS-One, and B-Real.

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