Many people have heard the catchphrase “SKWAAH!” from the rising hip hop star, Willie Maxwell, better known as Fetty Wap. Fetty has given us hits such as “Trap Queen,” “My Way (featuring Monty),” “679 (featuring Remy Boyz),” and “Again.” Fetty has collaborated with many other famous artists such as Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, and Gucci Mane.
Fetty Wap, birth name Willie Maxwell, was born in Patterson, New Jersey on June 19, 1991. He signed with the successful hip hop record label Rap God Fathers Productions (RGF Productions) shortly after he left high school. With the help of RGF Productions, he released his first single, “Trap Queen.” It took almost a year for “Trap Queen” to gain popularity, but now it has over 80 million plays on SoundCloud and has reached number two on the Billboard charts. Recently he dropped RGF Productions and signed with another popular hip hop label, 300. Maxwell just won the MTV Artist To Watch Award at the Video Music Awards. The Artist To Watch award is reserved for young, promising artists who show a future in the music industry. The most remarkable of all his accomplishments is overcoming his disability. Maxwell was born with glaucoma, a disease that claimed his left eye. According to an interview with musictimes.com Fetty Wap said he opted to keep his eye rather than get a prosthetic eye because he, “didn’t want to look like everyone else.” It is this counter-culture attitude and his catchy songs that has earned him a platinum single.
Fetty Wap has a large fan base at San Marcos High School.
“I personally believe that Fetty Wap is the greatest music composer of all time and will go down in history as one of the greats,” said junior Jesse Morrison.
“I love his music and his clothes,” sophomore Collin Bosse said. “I think it is very romantic how a lot of his songs are about his girlfriend.”
At the tender age of 24, Fetty Wap holds three top twenty singles and a highly anticipated album coming out next month. It is clear that Fetty Wap is here to stay.