It all began last fall when I would continuously see references in tweets and Instagram captions that read, “hey, wassup, hello”. The more I began to see it, the more curious I became in figuring out where on earth it was coming from. Eventually, my ears got a first listen to Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and it all made sense. I am huge on catchy phrases and lyrics, so when I heard Fetty’s special flow on the song it became an instant favorite of mine. I was hooked. And as I’ve seen as of lately, I’m not alone on this.
Deemed recently as MTV’s “Artist to Watch” and “Best New Artist”, Fetty Wap is making his come up and it’s happening fast. Having been on the scene for only about a year and got his start in music two years ago, the rapper has been able to see his first three singles reach the top 11 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart (this was a record previously set by The Beatles). He’s also the first act to simultaneously chart his first four entries in the top ten on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. Music greats Kanye West, Beyonce and Rihanna admitted that they are all “Trap Queen” fans. That definitely says a lot.
The rapping-singer took to modeling recently, as he was featured in the in the latest edition of CR Men’s Book sporting some of the latest looks from Kanye’s YEEZY Season 1 collection. The 24-year-old was announced to be a headliner at New York’s Power 105.1 Powerhouse concert in October. He’ll be alongside popular acts including, Jidenna, Big Sean Future and Kendrick Lamar.
Fetty, which means money and Wap, which comes from Gucci Mane’s nickname Guwop (who happens to be his idol), was born Willie Maxwell II in Paterson, New Jersey. Fetty’s unique look comes mostly in part from his left eye which has raised much speculation. Many have suspected that he may have been involved in some violent act of some sort, but it actually turns out that a childhood accident was the cause. Fetty told Shade 45’s DJ Self, “What happened is, when I was little I had gotten into a little accident and it gave me congenital glaucoma in both of my eyes. The doctor saved one, I was blessed to still have my vision. That's it. That's the story."
If you familiarize yourself enough with Fetty Wap, you’ll hear him make the reference, “1738” a good amount of times. No, 1738 is not a gang nor is it a 'hood. Rather, it’s the name of Fetty’s crew. They named themselves Remy Boyz 1738 after the premium Remy Martin cognac. “1738 is the finest liquor in the urban district. If you go to the liquor store and you get a bottle of 1738, it’s going to be the most expensive Remy… And that’s what we are, we’re the finest, we’re the best,” Fetty shared.
His self-titled debut album is set to release on September 25. So if you can’t get enough of Fetty, now is your chance to get as much of him as you can. From what we’ve seen of him so far, it can be safe to say that we should expect nothing less than pure fire.