Friday, March 13, 2015


Rapper Fetty Wap took a chance by singing on his breakout hit "Trap Queen," and it paid off. Over the past few months, the 24-year-old went from being a relatively unknown MC to scoring a smash single on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 16 on this week's chart), earning co-signs from stars like Rihanna and Kanye West, the latter of whom brought him out during a performance in New York City on Feb. 12.

With his Fetty Wap: The Mixtape on the way, the Paterson, N.J., native speaks on the success of "Trap Queen," how he doesn't really care much for lyrics and how a childhood accident affected vision in his eye.

What was the recording process like for "Trap Queen"?

It was in, I want to say probably November or December 2013. And the day I laid it in the studio, I can't remember exactly what day, but I just know it was in March, the energy was just so high. The day before, I was just letting them hear how I was coming up with -- like I never came up with nothing, I just had melody in my head and I just knew how I wanted to do it. Once I listened to it a couple of times I just went in.

Were you nervous about it? Singing is a bit more vulnerable than rapping.

Nah, I wouldn't say I was nervous. I was anxious to do it, really. I just wanted to do something different. Everybody was rapping. Everybody wants to be a rapper so I did something different. I started singing. But I ain't want to be a singer, so I did my own thing. Melodies -- I don't really know how to put it. I just do the Fetty Wap.

One doesn't become a trap queen overnight. What qualities do you look for initially?

I mean, uh, the PG way, she just gotta hold you down. She gotta be there when you need her, and vice versa. As long as she knows how to make her own money without always needing you. As long as she got you and you got her, that's the trap queen.

What's the rated R answer?

[Laughs] She gotta know how to cook. She gotta know how to wrap them things and send them things. Nah, she just gotta understand everything ain't all good even when it seems all good. As long as she ain't gonna rat you out and she's gonna hold you down, she ain't gotta necessarily do no bid for you, because if you're a man, you gonna do that bid for yourself. So you just gotta be smart and pick and choose wisely. Everybody got different qualities. My whole thing is loyalty. Loyalty ov

You've spoken about having an accident as a kid and that caused congenital glaucoma in your eye. What kind of accident was?

Honestly, I really don't know. I was little. I can't really remember. After the accident I was in the hospital for a little while, like, six or seven months. So I can't really remember that good. I never really asked because it's something I really that already happened so I don't want to revisit it. I don't really care about it.

If you want to talk about legendary rappers: Slick Rick, with the eyepatch. Had you ever thought about doing something like that?

Nah. Honestly when I think about what people think, I just look at it like this: I'ma be probably the youngest rapper with one eye, but a lot of money. I'd just rather count the money instead. er royalty, word is bond.

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