Fab Five Freddy Net Worth

Fab Five Freddy Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Fab Five Freddy net worth is
$2 Million

Fab Five Freddy Wiki Biography

Born as Frederick Brathwaite on the 31st August 1959 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City USA, Freddy is a TV personality, visual artist and director, but probably best known to the world as the host of the MTV show “Yo! MTV Raps” (1988-1995), and for being involved in the New York underground graffiti scene.

Have you ever wondered how rich Fab Five Freddy is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Freddy’s net worth is as high as $2 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, which has been active since the late ‘70s.

Fab Five Freddy Net Worth $2 Million

Unfortunately, there is no information about Freddy’s life before his career took off. He joined the graffiti group Fabulous Five in the late ‘70s, which until then only worked in shadows, painting over New York Subway cars. Nevertheless, with the help of Freddy, they took a step forward, and from graffiti moved to the more conventional art world. In no time, Freddy and one of the members of the group, Lee Quiñones, held an exhibition of their respective works in Rome Italy, at the Galleria LaMedusa. Thanks to his rising popularity, he and Lee Quiñones, were cast in the film “Downtown 81”, written by Glenn O’Brien, which was more of a documentary as it follows artist Jean Michael Basquiat in his daily life. After the success of the film, Freddy tried to put his own ideas onto the screen, and with the help of filmmaker Charlie Ahearn, created “Wild Style” released in 1982, which followed a day in the life of Freddy’s friend and colleague Lee Quiñones. Back in 1981, he was co-curator of the art show Beyond Words, which was held at the Mudd Club, in which works from Futura 2000 artists were showcased. Also, the exhibition comprised works from Jean Michael Basquiat, Keith Haring, Rammellzee and Kenny Scharf among others.

Slowly Freddy and the rest of the graffiti-group began to surface from the New York underground scene, and in 1988 he was named as the host of the MTV show “Yo! MTV Raps”, thanks to the popularity of which, Freddy’s own popularity grew ever higher, and he became one of the most prominent figures of the rap scene. His stint on the show lasted until the mid-90s, and since then has been focused on careers as an actor, producer and director, but also has continued to encourage young hip hop and graffiti artists to follow their dreams, despite obstacles they encounter on their way to success.

Freddy has been referenced in the song “Rapture”, performed by Blondie, while his other imprints on the music and art scenes include the hit single “Change the Beat”, and numerous exhibitions throughout the world which he has held with other graffiti artists, and has inspired many artists, such as Bansky, Shepard Fairey, and Barry McGhee, among others.

To speak of his career as an actor, Freddy appeared in the film “American Gangster” in 2007, and the same year portrayed murdered rap artist Terrence ‘Fulla T’ Smith in the TV crime drama series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” in one episode of the series, while most recently he had a minor role in the biopic about the former President Barack Obama – “Barry” (2016), and also appeared in an episode of the TV crime drama series “Blue Bloods” (2016).

Regarding his personal life, Freddy’s most intimate details such as marital status and number of children remain hidden from public eyes, as Freddy tends to keep such information as secretive as he can.

Full NameFab 5 Freddy
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 31, 1959
Place Of BirthBedford-Stuyvesant, New York City USA
ProfessionTV personality
NicknamesFab 5 Freddy , Frederick Brathwaite , Fab 5 Freddie , Fred Brathwaite , Fab Five Freddy Braithwaite , Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy
AlbumsWild Style Breakbeats
MoviesJean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, American Gangster, The Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy, Downtown 81, Murder Was the Case, Wild Style
TV ShowsYo! MTV Raps
1Is mentioned in the 1980 Blondie song "Rapture" and appears in the video of the song, which synthesizes disco with the then-emerging rap music and hip-hop. A pioneer of rap, Fab 5 Freddie met Debbie Harry and other members of Blondie at a club and they became friends. When Freddy suggested that Harry write a song about the rap scene, she did. The result is the rap that is the second half of "Rapture," which begins "Fab Five Freddie told me everybody's fly." The song's title is a pun on rap music. Also mentioned in the song "Have You Seen Her" by M.C. Hammer.
2Was the first choice for the character of Russel Walker in Krush Groove (1985) .


Blue Bloods2016TV SeriesAtticus
Rachel Getting Married2008Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Fab Five Freddy)
American Gangster2007Smalls Patron
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2007TV SeriesTerrence 'Fulla T' Smith
The Manchurian Candidate2004Political Pundit
New Jack City1991Master of Ceremonies
She's Gotta Have It1986Dog 10 (as Fab Five Freddy Braithwaite)
Downtown 811981Graffiti Artist


6th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors2009TV Movie co-executive producer
5th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors2008TV Movie co-executive producer
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2007TV Movie co-executive producer
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2006TV Movie co-executive producer
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2005TV Movie consulting producer
Hip-Hop Honors2004TV Special consulting producer
New Jack City1991associate producer
Wild Style1983Documentary associate producer - as Fred Braithwaite


Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 12004Video video "One Love"
Murder Was the Case: The Movie1995Video short video "What's My Name?"


Wild Style1983Documentary performer: "Down By Law" / writer: "South Bronx Subway Rap", "Military Cut Scratch Mix", "M.C. Battle", "Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie", "Subway Theme", "Cold Crush Bros. At the Dixie", "Cuckoo Clocking", "Double Trouble at the Amphitheatre", "The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, D.J. A.J. At the Amphitheatre", "Gangbusters Scratch Mix", "Rammellzee and Shock Dell at the Amphitheatre", "Down By Law"


Wild Style1983Documentary original concept - as Fred Braithwaite


Wild Style1983Documentary

Music Department

Wild Style1983Documentary musical director - as Fred Braithwaite


American Gangster2007production consultant


Wild Style1983Documentary special thanks - as Fab Five Freddy
Downtown 811981thanks


Untitled Story of MTV Documentary2017Documentary filmingHimself
Luke Cage2016TV SeriesHimself
Hip-Hop Evolution2016DocumentaryHimself
Hustlers Convention2015DocumentaryHimself
Retro 302015TV SeriesHimself
The Tanning of America2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013DocumentaryHimself (as Fab Five Freddy)
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer2013DocumentaryHimself
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Hip Hop Pioneer (as Fab Five Freddy)
40 Greatest Yo! MTV Raps Moments2012TV MovieHimself - Host
Gray: Live at the New Museum2011Documentary
Outside In: The Story of Art in the Streets2011Documentary shortHimself - Artist
Art in the Streets2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Blank City2010Documentary
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHimself
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child2010DocumentaryHimself
Downtown Calling2009DocumentaryHimself
Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB2009DocumentaryHimself
The Universe of Keith Haring2008DocumentaryHimself (as Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy)
Malcolm's Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X2008/IDocumentaryHimself
The Heart of Hip Hop with Fab 5 Freddy2007TV SeriesHimself
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2007TV MovieHimself - Honoree
Ali Rap2006TV MovieHimself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2006TV MovieHimself
VH1 Goes Inside2006TV Series documentaryHimself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2005TV MovieHimself
New Jack City: A Hip Hop Classic2005Video documentary shortHimself
TV Party2005Video documentary
Blondie: Video Hits2005Video shortHimself (segment "Rapture")
Hip-Hop Honors2004TV SpecialHimself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Blondie: Greatest Video Hits2002VideoHimself (segment "Rapture")
The Freshest Kids2002Video documentary
A Tribe Called Quest: The Video Anthology2002VideoHimself (segment "Scenario")
MTV 20: Live & Almost Legal2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
BET's Top 25 Countdown1999TV SeriesHimself (2007)
MTV Video Music Awards 19941994TV SpecialHimself
Freaks, Nerds & Weirdos1994TV MovieHimself
Who's the Man?1993Himself
Juice1992Himself (as Fab 5 Freddie)
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHimself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Yo! MTV Raps1988TV SeriesHost (weekend edition) (1988-1995)
Wild Style1983Documentary'Phade' (as Frederick Braithwaite)

Archive Footage

Nas: Time Is Illmatic2014DocumentaryHimself
Class of '80 Debbie Harry2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself

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