Fetty Wap is an American rapper and singer who shot to fame with his single ‘Trap Queen’.
This article will tell you about his childhood, family, career, major works, achievements, personal life, and net worth.
|Full Name||Willie Maxwell II|
|Famous for||Rapper, Singer|
|Date of Birth||June 07, 1991 AD|
|Age||30 Years (as of 2021)|
|Birthplace||Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Spouse||Leandra Gonzalez (m. 2019)|
|Children||Aydin, Zaviera, Khari, Amani, Lauren, Zy|
|Net Worth||$8 million (estimated in 2021)|
Fetty Wap is an American singer and rapper who became a household name in the US after the success of his single “Trap Queen”. The song has been streamed millions of times on the music-sharing platform SoundCloud. He was passionate about rap and singing from a young age. His single “Trap Queen” carried Fetty Wap to high standards and garnered over ten nominations, including the prestigious “Grammy”. He has not been in the music scene for long, however, Fetty Wap’s contribution to music has been recognized by the jury for various awards. Fetty also collaborated with many other musicians such as French Montana for a few pieces of music. He also worked on a single with the popular girl group “Fifth Harmony”, a favorite of many teens.
Childhood and Early Life:
Fetty Wap was born on June 7, 1991, in Patterson, New Jersey, and grew up in the same city. His parents originally called him Willie Maxwell. Willie Maxwell completed his elementary education at East Side High School in New Jersey. Willie Maxwell lost vision in his left eye at an early age due to a strange accident. Later, the damaged eye was replaced by a prosthesis with a ‘prosthetic eye’.
Fetty Wap leaned over to the music and soon began rapping. However, he wanted to try singing and do something out of the ordinary. His performance earned him a great deal of money and soon affectionately nicknamed Fetty, synonymous with money. He adopted the nickname Wap from “GuWop” a nickname for his idol and famous rapper Gucci Mane. “Trap Queen” was released from his independent album in early 2014. Although the song did not make the news in the first few months, it went viral in November of that year. It was uploaded to the music-sharing site “SoundCloud.com” and held a number record 130 million times by multiple users.
The success of his song helped Fetty Wap to secure a deal with the record label “300 Entertainment”. He uploaded his second song, “679”, to YouTube, in May 2015, and a month later, the song was released commercially to the public. The song continued to be ranked fourth on the Hot Countdown 100. The single “My Way” was the next hit by Fetty Wap, which was critically acclaimed and was a huge hit on the “Billboard Top 100” charts. The track was later modified by popular rapper Drake. “Fetty Wap,” his first studio-supported album, was released in September 2015. The tracks in this compilation were well received by audiophiles and ranked # 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Thousands of copies of this album have been sold to the public.
In November 2015, Fetty Wap released their single “Jimmy Choo” on the music-sharing site “SoundCloud”, but at first it didn’t make a big bang. Soon, a video clip of two girls dancing to the song was posted on “Vine”, helping her to achieve success. Fetty Wap collaborated with another prominent American hip-hop artist, French Montana, on two mixed tracks titled “Coke Zoo” and “ZOO 16: The Mixtape”, which were highly praised by critics. The song’s popularity among audiophiles led to its official release in February 2016. Within days, the song landed number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 ‘. The song set a brand new record with over 35,000 copies sold in its first week. Fetty Wap also teamed up with the girl group Fifth Harmony for their single song, ‘All in my head’.
Fetty Wap is best known for his single “Trap Queen”, which has been streamed over 10 million times on SoundCloud. It has also obtained a “Platinum Record” certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, popularly known as “RIAA”. Certification is given in honor of those albums and songs that have sold at least a million copies.
Awards and Achievements:
In 2015, Fetty Wap won the “MC100 Award”, “MTV Video Music Award” and “BET Hip Hop Award” respectively. He won two of these awards for his single “Trap Queen” alone. “Trap Queen” won two nominations at the prestigious “Grammy Awards” in 2016. In the same year, it won “Best New Artist” and “Best New Artist” at the iHeart Radio Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards ceremonies respectively. . He was also nominated for 3 awards at the 2016 American Music Awards. He was nominated for nearly 10 awards at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, 4 of which were only for “Trap Queen”.
Fetty Wap also has a brother who is also a prolific singer. It appears his brother has also influenced Fetty Wap on his musical journey. He was in a relationship with actress Masika Kalysha who rose to fame due to her appearance on the TV show Love and Hip-Hop: Hollywood and the couple is now parents to a girl named Khari. Fetty Wap has 3 children in total. He once admitted that he relied mainly on “autofocus technology” while recording his tracks, and even called himself “Ignorant R&B”. Fetty Wap expressed his love for Haiti and its people in one of his interviews. He also added that he embraced many fundamental aspects of Haitian culture. Oftentimes, it’s mentioned that the famous American rapper Gucci Mane was a huge inspiration, and in a way, was partly responsible for his success.
There have been numerous speculations that Fetty Wap was trapped by his partner Masika Kalysha after she became pregnant. However, he denied the allegations.
Fetty Wap has an estimated net worth of almost $8 million (estimated in 2021).