Fetty Wap is by far the breakout star of 2015!
You can’t turn on the radio without hearing his songs “Trap Queen,” “My Way,” “Again” and “679” which are all in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs Chart.
The 25-year-old recently spoke with The Cut on the term ‘trap queen,’ what loyalty means to him, staying away from bad energy and being comfortable in his own skin.
Due to the crossover success “Trap Queen” has achieved, many people are singing lyrics they don’t know the meaning behind. In a previous interview with Maxim, Fetty says the song was inspired by a girlfriend who “learned to cook crack, and she kind of did it so good that she made enough for the both of us. She knew how to stretch that shit…” But Fetty says everyone can have their own trap queen.
“There is a way I use it in the song, but my mom is a trap queen,” said the Paterson, New Jersey native.
“She held it down for us and she was a queen doing it. She took care of her children and her tribe, made sure we had food on the table, and kept our heads up. However you want to put it, there are different meanings to it.”
Most of Fetty’s songs as of late are about women. He doesn’t have the most conventional love songs, but many find them endearing.
“Most of my songs are about one person in particular. I guess it’s just what I be going through. [“Trap Queen”] is about how what I really be wanting is loyalty. The person I was dealing with at the time, she kind of just showed me a different side of women. She still to this day supports me and buys all my songs on iTunes, she still shows me loyalty, the same loyalty before everybody knew who I was. That’s where I get my inspirations and my motivation from for most of my songs and the meanings behind them.”
Right now, Fetty is rocking dreadlocs as part of his look. But surprisingly, he did some research behind them because he doesn’t want to be attached to anything that could bring him bad energy.
“I believe in bad energy. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s like I don’t want to be attached to bad energies because I’m not about that. 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 topic of conversation when Fetty first debuted on the music scene was that he had lost one of his eyes, but he hasn’t let that or what people say on social media get in the way of how he feels about himself.
“I used to wear the prosthetic eye when I was little to look normal, or what other people thought normal was. It was really when I started making music that I stopped wearing it. People around my city just started getting used to it, and I just started to be myself. I started to feel regular and like I didn’t have to turn my face to take a picture because I didn’t like how I looked. I could look straight into the camera. Every little insecurity I had was gone because I didn’t have to try to look a certain way,” Fetty shares.
“This is the way I look and I feel comfortable with it. People still talk about it on Instagram and social media, it’s crazy, but you just have to rise above it. You can’t be a “star” if you’re still going to let people get to you. You can’t be the boss at your job and let people get under your skin.”
Indeed, a lot of people, not just celebrities can learn from that mindset.