December 2, 2015


Fetty Wap's Unbelievable Breakout Year, In His Own Words

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Scott Legato/Getty Images

It's #2015Breakout Week at, and we're officially celebrating Fetty Wap Day. All together now: Yeahhhhhh, baby! The 24-year-old MC behind Top 10 smashes "Trap Queen," "679" and "My Way" came onto the scene more fully formed and fully unique than almost any artist in recent memory. To start processing his massive 2015, we're turning to Fetty himself, in his own words, through a series of interviews and appearances he's done this year. You can also join us in assessing Fetty Wap by the numbers in this one easy infographic.

On being interviewed: “I’m not really like, an explaining type of guy.” [Spin, November]

On his history with music: “I didn’t listen to music that much when I was young. It wasn’t until I found out about Gucci Mane. That was really when I got into music.” [Vibe, June]

On his casual approach to songwriting, which he's pretty new at: “I first started doing music only like two years ago. I'm not really into the whole lyrics thing, I just like to make music that people like to listen to. I don't concept all of my music on one thing. It takes a lot of people hours to make music because they focus so much on one thing. I just do it and I make something you can just vibe to. I feel like when it's time for me to make, like, better lyrics and give people stories or whatever, I'll know when it's time for that." [Billboard, March]

On whether he made up “Trap Queen” on the spot (after a moment's thought and a mental run-through of the melody): “Basically… yeah.” [Spin, November]

On the topic of actual trap queens: "Everybody doesn’t have the same trap queen. Everyone can have their own trap queen. There is the way I use it in the song, but my mom is a trap queen. She held us down and she was a queen at doing it. She took care of her children and her tribe, made sure we had food on the table, and kept our heads up." [The Cut, August] 

On positivity: “I don’t try to support bad energies, I don’t make the best positive songs but I’m not a negative person. I don’t want to tie negativity to me. Where I come from there’s negativity, and I’m trying to get away from that all the way.” [The Cut, August] 

On his identity: "I don't really think I'm a hip hop artist, honestly. I don't want to say I'm hip hop. I'm not a rapper, I'm not a singer, I'm not a lyricist, I don't do what everybody else do. I just make music, I make good music. I'm just Fetty Wap." [Fuse, March, watch the conversation below]

On parenting his young son and daughter while working like crazy: “I used to see them every day. Now, my biggest fear is that my daughter is going to be crying because she doesn’t know who I am. Or she’s going to be crying because she’s happy to see me. She’s still young so she doesn’t really know what’s up right now. As a man though, that shit kind of hurts me. That’s my baby girl, my only daughter. What man don’t want their daughter to know who they is?”  [Vibe, June]

On wearing a suit in Maxim: "I didn’t like it at all—I’m not a fan of suits. But, I did enjoy the experience. The whole suit thing probably won’t happen again." [The Cut, August]

On spoiling his kids: “Why would I wear $4,000 outfits on TV but not buy them for my son—know what I’m saying?” [Spin, November]

On his story: “My legacy is going to live with my kids. My music is going to live forever. I’m not scared. This is what I do. I make good music; can’t anybody take that from me. I never get worried about outside critics because I’m not going to be Kendrick Lamar or whomever else. If I had something to prove, I would be doing it for the wrong reasons. I prove everything to my parents already. This is what I’m doing. To my mother, to my friends, they know this is what I’m doing.” [XXL, June]

On fear: “I’m not scared of anything. Like, God, that’s it. I’m scared of God and my mom.” [Spin, November]

On his previous professional history: “Real talk, my first check was from FedEx. I worked there for two days. … It just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t take people telling me what to do and shit. My next job after that was Popeyes for a week. And that’s only because I was eating it [laughs]. I was right back in the trap after a week. But I knew I wasn’t meant for any of those jobs or the trap.”  [Vibe, June]

On how people refer to him: ”People don't really call me a rapper. They call me Mr. 'Trap Queen.' The 'Trap Queen' Guy." [, April]

On his tolerance for endless “Trap Queen” talk: "Honestly, I don't really get tired of talking about 'Trap Queen.' Because that's what really got me started. Probably next year I'll be tired of talking about 'Trap Queen.' Not right now, though." [Rolling Stone, September]

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Zachary Mazur/FilmMagic

On the problems with originality and style: "For the most part, I don't really have a story to tell. It's the same story; everybody come out with the same story. They came from nothing, they got something and now they have everything. It's the story everybody already knows about. I just figured, why keep telling people that they ain't gonna get the chance to live this way? About how much money I got? About how many cars I own. Why can't I just put it in a way that they don't really know what I'm talking about, but they're just singing along? I don't depend on lyrics for my music. If I did, it'd be a lot longer process for me to make music. And, on top of that, I'd have to be a storyteller, and I'm not a storyteller." [Rolling Stone, September]

On who he’d smoke a blunt with, dead or alive: “Damn, that’s a hard question. Maybe if I could drink with anyone, it would be my grandfather. I know that was his thing, but I never got to meet him. He passed away like a year and a month before I was born.”  [Vibe, June]

On whether his hot streak will continue: “You never know what could happen, and personally, I don’t care. I just want to get up in here, get this money so that my family can live good, and if the music don’t work out for me, nobody can’t say I never tried.” [Maxim, April]

About that pie seen in the “Trap Queen” video, now seen more than 319 million times: “Apple, my favorite. I don’t know who made the pie, but I know it was baked for real. It was hot. I ate it.” [Spin, November]

On disliking music videos (which he doesn’t watch): “They take too long. I don’t know, bro, I’m mad weird, man. Everybody loves the video stuff. I don’t like videos. Fake cars, fake money, all of it’s fake. I don’t like being fake. If I’m going to do a video, I’m gonna use my real car. ... Kirko Bangz, I did a video with him, but I only had to do a hook so it was real quick. I was so happy. Best video of my whole life.” [Spin, November]

On his tendency not to have features on his records: “I made my name already. ... When they hear the album, it's gonna be Fetty Wap, the artist, featuring his brothers. There's no superstars on the album; my brothers are superstars to me." [Rolling Stone, September]

On Ed Sheeran’s cover of “Trap Queen,” one of many: “I think [it] was very good. I’m honestly surprised. I feel honored that people are actually covering my songs. It’s just a blessing. There’s a million other songs out there and they want to do Fetty Wap.” [Spin, November]

On performing live on a throne with a broken leg: "This [motorcycle accident] was real scary, you feel me, I ain't going to even lie. If I [mess] up, don't worry about it." [Concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, October]

On life, love and basically everything in between: “Yeahhhhh, baby!” [Assorted songs, January - present]

Check out Fuse's Fetty Wap By the Numbers infographic next!