Fetty Wap is one of the most exciting new artists to emerge in 2015. This year, Fetty won MTV’s Artist To Watch award. He burst into the spotlight and became a celebrity overnight with his infectious voice. Fetty has achieved underground and mainstream success, receiving millions of views on YouTube for several songs released from various mixtapes.
He rose to international fame with his platinum smash hit “Trap Queen” and followed up his debut single with “679” and “My Way”. Both songs went on two sell over 500,000 copies worldwide. Fetty Wap is known for his sing/rap style and his unique appearance. Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, Fetty Wap brings a much-needed individuality to rap music. Many rappers such as Drake, Waka Flocka Flame and several pop culture socialites have praised Fetty’s music and his positive vibes.
If you’re turning up in clubs or crashing college parties you should probably thank Fetty Wap, because it’s usually his music that booms through the speakers. He has a diverse fan base from Tom Brady to Taylor Swift. On September 25, Fetty Wap released his much anticipated album via 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records. Fetty’s debut album titled Fetty Wap has received favorable views thus far.
Many fans and casually listeners want to know more about this 24-year-old rapper, thus I’ve done some research looking for the most fascinating things about him. Here are 10 awesome things you didn’t know about hip-hop’s new rap star named Fetty Wap.
10 Fetty Wap Met Drake Via Instagram
When Fetty Wap’s “My Way” was circulating its way through the club scene, Drake took notice. Fetty claims Drake first contacted him through Instagram. Fetty says, "He [Drake] sent me a DM, and I sent him my number.” A few days later, while Drake was in Washington, DC at a club listening to Fetty’s smash hit, Drake contacted him via FaceTime. "When I landed from Tampa a couple of days ago, and as soon as I landed and turned my phone off of airplane mode, he was FaceTiming from DC where he was playing "My Way" at a club," he said.
Drake asked Fetty if he could remix his song and of course Fetty did not decline the kind gesture. "He [Drake] was like, 'Yo, I want to cut the record tonight.' Next thing I know, I checked my email and it was there," said Fetty. Since Drake’s appearance, “My Way” has gained even more popularity.
9 Tom Brady Is A Fan of Fetty Wap's Music
Think what you will about Tom Brady, but the University of Michigan product is one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen. His accurate throws and leadership skills are near perfection. Tom Brady is also extremely outgoing and seemingly very comfortable in social settings.
After winning his fourth Super Bowl championship, Tom turned up at the New England Patriot’s Super Bowl ring ceremony. He was alongside his fellow teammate Rob Gronkowski, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and rapper Wiz Khalifa to name a few. Tom showed off his awesome dance moves while listening to Fetty Wap’s irresistible “Trap Queen.”
8 Fetty Wap - Why He Has One Eye
Fetty Wap only has one eye and he doesn’t apologize for it. In fact, he embraces it. When Fetty Wap hit the music scene with his first hit record, numerous reports spread throughout the social media world about his missing eye. The most popular rumor was that he was shot in his eye when he was kid growing up in the streets of Jersey. However, this was untrue.
When asked by interviewers about his eye, Fetty does not shy away from the topic. When Fetty was an infant he contracted congenial glaucoma in both eyes. "The doctor saved one, I was blessed to still have my vision," Fetty said. A physician was able to save Fetty’s right eye, but wasn’t able to salvage the left eye. Fetty said that when he became a teenager he finally embraced his missing eye and intentionally took out his prosthetic eye at school. Since then, Fetty hasn’t looked back. His missing left eye is now his signature look and it has inspired many people to embrace their differences. Fetty says he never thought of himself as having a disability, but as being different and rare.
7 Fetty Wap's Favorite Rapper is Gucci Mane
Born Willie Maxwell, Fetty Wap is a fascinating stage name. One might wonder how it was formed or given. “Fetty” stands for money. “Wap” is a salute to the Atlanta rapper named Gucci Mane, also known as Guwop. Gucci Mane is an underground, street legend. He formed the rap group Migos and helped boost Nicki Minaj's career.
Gucci Mane plead guilty to possession of a firearm in May of 2014 and is in prison until 2016. Mane's record label, 1017 Records, revealed through Twitter that his prison release date is scheduled on March 6, 2016. Guwop is currently serving his sentence in the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
6 Fetty Wap Never Owned A Pair Of Jordan's Until He Became A Multi-Millionaire
Growing up, Fetty Wap was never able to afford a pair of Air Jordan’s. Most guys and girls do whatever it takes to get theses shoes in their possession. However, Fetty was one of the few boys in the hood without a pair. Then he recorded the song “Trap Queen.”
After months of promotion and dedication, the song went viral. By the age of 22, Fetty became a millionaire. Born in one of the most dangerous cities in America, the Patterson, New Jersey rapper says that he has now become addicted to the legendary Michael Jordan shoes and “buys a pair a day”. Fetty has $2 million stashed in the bank and he is hungry for more.
5 Dreadlocks Hate - He Doesn't Care
When the world met Fetty Wap, he had short curly hair. He announced via his Twitter that he purchased braid extensions. They allegedly cost him $4,000, an estimated $100 per braid. However this was only half the story. A woman cut her braids and “donated” her hair to Fetty. Fetty said that he didn’t want “fake” braids. "I look like a whole new person lol ... I love em," he tweeted.
Soon after revealing his newly purchased dreads, the Jersey rapper received negative reactions from many of his Twitter followers. Fetty took the criticism in stride. He then tweeted, "Do what make yu happy ... I been different don't expect anything less you never no with me." He was asked on the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club about how he felt about the criticism, and said coolly, “I just be counting money.” Fetty Wap says he always wanted to know how he would look with dreads, so he courageously decided to try it out. He’s also tweeted about not caring about what others think and finally being able to live his life.
4 Fetty Wap Has Two Kids
Fetty Wap is 24. He has two adorable kids. One child is a girl, the other a precious boy. Fetty’s daughter's name is Zaviera. His son’s name is Zooviera. The rapper says that his kids mean everything to him. The proud father posts pictures of his kids on Instagram. “You and your brother don’t understand yet how much I love ya but a couple years down the line you’ll see why daddy go so hard for his baby’s.”
The rapper also shared a picture of his son and praised the munchkin’s mother for bringing him to his show. He talks about the hardships of being a father and juggling the life of an entertainer. Fetty went on to explain that his kids changed his outlook on life. He was terrified that his son would have the same eye condition that he was born with. He said: “When he [my son] was born, he was able to see out of both of his eyes. It was like I got my vision back.”
3 Taylor Swift and Fetty Wap Performed "Trap Queen" Together
During her “1989 World Tour” Taylor Swift humbly invited multiple celebrities to various locations. After an appearance from Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson and pop singer Ciara, Swift introduced her fans to Fetty Wap. She says that she loves his music and personality. Taylor was quoted saying, "every once and a while there's a breakthrough artist who comes out of nowhere and all of sudden within a few months, their songs are shooting straight to number one. You hear their music at every party."
Taylor also praised Fetty during his introduction on a Saturday night in August: "He's also one of the most grounded, sweet, cool people I've ever gotten to hang with him." Fetty Wap has quite the reputation.
2 Fetty Wap Was Hospitalized After A Motorcycle Crash
Motorcycles are cool and flashy. Many bike lovers claim that riding a motorcycle gives them a thrill like no other. However, everyone knows that a motorcycle can be exhilarating yet, dangerous as well. Protective gear while riding motorcycles is highly advised. People who ride motorcycles do so on their on own risk. On September 26, 2015, Fetty Wap was involved in a severe motorcycle accident.
The rapper was riding his motorcycle in his hometown when he collided head-on with another vehicle on the road, according to TMZ. Paramedics treated Fetty at the scene before transporting him to a nearby hospital where they examined him for possible fractures, the news outlet reported. Days since the life threatening incident, Fetty is reportedly healing from his injuries and grateful for surviving the crash.
1 Fetty Bought A House For His Mom
Many people dream about making it big. They think about all the things they could buy and the various luxuries they would splurge on, but only some think about how they would share it with their loved ones. Fetty Wap says he constantly dreamed of success so that he could create opportunities for his friends, give back to his community and above all, spoil his mother.
When Fetty’s rap career took off, inevitably wealth flowed into his bank account. At the age of 23, Fetty Wap bought his mom her first house. “23 years old, I just bought my first house, man,” he said. “Straight up. One of the biggest accomplishments of my life.” Fetty surprised his fans and his mom when he revealed the house was for her. Fetty Wap’s debut album is in stores now!