(Plus Fetty's latest tracks, including "Bang My Head" with Sia and David Guetta)
I did not, in fact, greet Fetty Wap with “Hey wassup hello,” the now infamous salutation à la “Trap Queen.” I did, however, utter the words, “Hi Fetty, how are you?” which seemed pretty surreal in itself.
Fetty, the Formidable Record-Breaking King
Fetty Wap rose up fairly quickly and became a rapper of many firsts: the first male rapper with three songs to occupy the top 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Eminem did so in 2013; the first male rapper in four years to have concurrent singles reach the top 10 on the same chart since Lil Wayne did so in 2011; and, with his fourth single, “Again”, Wap became the first act in the Hot Rap Songs chart’s 26-year history to chart his first four entries in the top 10 simultaneously.
On the Billboard Artist 100 chart last week, Fetty placed at No. 6, having been on the chart for a total of 37 weeks (peaking at No. 3). Currently, Fetty boasts three tracks in the top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for an 11th consecutive frame.
In fact, on Monday Nov. 9th, Fetty Wap was the answer to a Jeopardy question. Let’s face it: Billboard or not, you know you’ve made it when you get a shoutout from Jeopardy.
“Trap Queen” — A Hood Love Story
Numbers aside, I was thrilled for the opportunity to cozy up to Fetty Wap and get the scoop from his own experience. Through my research, I discovered Fetty’s inspiration for “Trap Queen,” the song that captured the attention of, well…everyone.
Fetty says, “The inspiration behind the song was my ex-girlfriend at the time. She was a different kind of loyal. If you had to go jail, it was cool as long as you were going to jail together. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody else like that. I first met her at her job, and the way that I introduced myself, she didn’t like it. I didn’t really do it in the most respectful way.”
“I was like, “What do you want me to say? Do you want me to say ‘Hey, what’s up, hello’ to you? Does that sound better?"
“The next day I went back to her job, and she was my trap queen from then on. The song is a hood love story. My manager sent me the beat, and as I was listening to it, I knew. I kept listening to it. Even when I went to bed, I never stopped listening to it.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live. Randy Holmes / ABC
Rise to the Top
So what happened to Fetty’s “Trap Queen?”
Fetty goes on to say, “I don’t think I’ll ever meet anybody like my ex ever again. She’s doing good now. She’s in school. She’s doing what she has to do. With the money that we made — and the money that I’m making now and everything that’s going on for me — it’s only right that I help her. Even though we’re not together, I still make sure that she’s good.”
Fetty’s real life “Trap Queen” may be out of the picture, but Fetty himself is here to stay. With a track record like his, it’s safe to say that Fetty is no “one-hit wonder.” He’s determined to make an imprint in society and pop culture, and one might say he already has. Perhaps the best thing about Fetty is the fact that he owns who he is. He raps about what he wants, doesn’t care what the world thinks of his appearance, and, after chatting with him, I can personally say he is a very kind-hearted person.
[Dearest Fetty, apologies if this takes away from your “tough guy” persona.]
Via Power 106
Read on as Fetty Wap talks awards, Gucci Mane, and a deep fondness for his Jersey roots.
You signed with 300 Entertainment (Highly Suspect, Mainland), a boutique label founded by industry veterans and distributed by Atlantic Records. It seems, being a smaller label, they seek out artists with character and personality. They help you learn and grow instead of trying to mold you into some sort of picture perfect prototype, tied up nicely with a bow.
Can you tell me a little bit about your experience with 300?
Fetty Wap: I worked so hard to get to that point. I just felt like that’s where I wanted to be. They made me feel comfortable. It felt right — it wasn’t like I was signing my life away, ha-ha. You know what I’m saying?
I can understand that — it’s a big decision!
FW: They were just like, “Look man, we like your music, we like you as a person.” And then a year later, I went platinum with “Trap Queen.” And I had success with “My Way” and all the the other stuff I put out [e.g., “679” feat. Remy Boyz.] And they always ask, “How are you doing? How’s everything going?” I can call ‘em up whenever. It’s like an extended family.
Performing “679” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
If you could collaborate with someone in the future, who would it be?
FW: Honestly, the only person I’d want to collaborate with is Gucci [Wane, the inspiration for Fetty’s name.] That would be my dream collaboration.
Your tour has been underway — how’s life on the road? What’s your experience been like?
FW: Great! Our first gig was in Kansas City this past August with Chris Brown.
[During this performance, Fetty told the crowd, “In interviews, people always ask me how it feels to be here. All I can say is: Last year, I didn’t have an address. This year, I have five addresses. If is wasn’t for y’all, I wouldn’t have no address.”]
You’re from New Jersey — when did you move out of New Jersey to California?
FW: I still live in Jersey! I don’t live in California yet! Ha-ha. Not yet, but soon!
Do you have a fondness for where you grew up? Say you moved to California — would you keep a place in New Jersey?
FW: I’d definitely keep a place there. I’m not gonna change that much. I have that fondness. Whether I’m on the road or I’ve got some projects going on, I’ve still got my home and my family to go home too.
How does your family feel about your success?
FW: My family, they support me — I take care of my family. I wanna give to people who don’t have. I want everyone to be happy. I try to be the best I can be for them. I want everybody to be happy and not have to struggle anymore.
Via Giphy / Fetty Wap’s emotional reaction when he received his first MC100 Award of 2015 for “Trap Queen.”
You received your first award ever from Music Choice, perhaps even becoming a bit tearful. You also received the “Artist to Watch” award from the MTV Music Awards. That’s pretty big. How did you feel in those moments?
FW: It’s good to be nominated or win, but that’s not really me. I just want to see my family do good. That’s my award, my goal. But mainly I’m not worried about that kind of thing. I just want to take care of my family.
Fetty Wap most recently released a new track, entitled “In My Ways,” produced by Peoples X Shy, in addition to a collaboration with David Guetta and Sia entitled, “Bang My Head.” Check ‘em out below.
Fetty Wap "In My Ways" (Produced by Peoples X Shy)
The track was produced by frequent Fetty collaborators Peoples X Shy, which finds the rapper musing on his own stubbornness.
David Guetta "Bang My Head" feat. Sia and Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap’s self-titled album debuted Friday, September 25th via 300 Entertainment / Atlantic Records. Fetty’s music is available to stream on Spotify and Soundcloud. View upcoming tour dates and check out more information on Fetty Wap’s official website.
Many thanks to Fetty Wap, 300 Entertainment / Atlantic Records, and Golightly Media!