Fetty Wap has been having as good a year as anyone and is now being rewarded with the cover of Vibe Mag. If for some reason you are unaware of his rise the article is a good introduction as they discuss his influences, how his life has changed, family and more.
There’s a lot of R&B influence in your music. But was it rap music specifically that caught your attention? Or were there other genres that you were into?
It was rap, definitely. 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. My first iPod just had Guwop’s Chicken Talk mixtape on it at first. I remember when I got it, the first song I heard was “Chicken Talk” with DJ Burn One. Ever since then I was hooked.
Were there any other rappers that really influenced you?
Not really. You know… people still call me Gucci back where I’m from in Paterson. Now, they call me Wap, though. They’d be like “Gucc,” not Gucci all the time. That used to be my Facebook name — Fetty Guwap. One of my proudest moments in music was being featured on a Gucci song this year.
Complete cover story available here by Mikey Fresh.