Fetty Wap is the American rapper and songwriter behind hits “Trap Queen,” “My Way,” and “679.” Nobody had heard of him until mid-2015, when “Trap Queen” suddenly rose to number two on the charts. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the hot new artist Fetty Wap:
1. Fetty’s real name is Willie Maxwell II. He chose Fetty because it’s a slang word for money. Wap was added to the end as a tribute to his incarcerated hero Gucci Mane’s alias, GuWop.
2. He was born in New Jersey in 1991.
3. When he was young, Maxwell developed glaucoma and had to get his left eye taken out. The doctors replaced it with an ocular prothesis.
4. As a teenager, Maxwell had two computers just so he could download everything his “number-one favorite artist” Gucci Mane ever did on the old program Limewire.
5. He only started making music in 2013, but he comes from a musical family. His mom sings and his brother wrote his second hit, “My Way.”
6. Fetty Wap’s distinct groaning-singsong-rap is a genre-evading style he calls “ignorant R&B.” He says he doesn’t consider himself a hip-hop artist, so he just came up with his own genre.
7. He has a four-year-old son, Aydin, and a seven-month-old daughter, Zaviera.
8. Fetty has over 500 pairs of Jordans.
9. He wears a Haitian flag wrapped around his head on and off stage to honor his daughter’s grandmother. Also, he says, because he just loves the culture of Haiti.
10. A lot of Fetty Wap’s songs reference the Remy Boyz/1738. His New Jersey squad is named after a premium Remy Martin cognac. Fetty says “1738 is the finest liquor in the urban district, and that’s what we are, we’re the finest, we’re the best.”