Willie Maxwell was born on June 7, 1991 and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. Born with glaucoma in both eyes, doctors were unable to save his left eye and fitted him with an ocular prosthesis. Starting off as a rapper, he was nicknamed Fetty (slang for money) as he was known for making money. Wap was added to the end of the name to perform under in tribute to Gucci Mane’s alias, GuWop, who he cites as a main influence. Fetty Wap usually wears the flag of Haiti in honor of his daughter’s grandmother who had died and his music draws influences from Haitian culture.
Fetty Wap’s commercial debut single, “Trap Queen,” was released in 2014 and has become a platinum record with over 130 million plays on SoundCloud. In November 2014, Fetty Wap secured a recording contract with 300 Entertainment. Wap’s second single, “679,” was followed by “My Way” which became his second top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake remixed “My Way” and created the version that was played on radio. “679” soon followed reaching the Hot 100 Top 10 peaking at number four.
During the week of July 26, 2015 to August 1, 2015, Fetty matched Billboard marks by hip-hop prominent artists Eminem and Lil Wayne becoming the first male rapper with three songs occupying Top 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Eminem did so in 2013. He also became the first male rapper in four years to have concurrent singles reach the Top 10 of the same chart since Lil Wayne did so in 2011. With his fourth single “Again,” Wap became the first act in the Hot Rap Songs chart’s 26-year history to chart his first four entries in the top 10 simultaneously.
Wap’s debut studio album, Fetty Wap, was released on September 25, 2015. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. Wap subsequently released two mixtapes for streaming only: “Coke Zoo” in collaboration with French Montana and ”ZOO 16: The Mixtape” with Zoo Gang receiving two nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards.
In 2016, Fetty Wap released the singles”Jimmy Choo,” “Wake Up,” “Make You Feel Good” and “Like A Star” which featured a guest vocal by Niki Minaj, as well as the mixtape titled Zoovier. Expanding his entertainment scope Wap released the street racing game Nitro Nation and an Emoji pack.
2017 singles included “Way You Are” featuring Monty, “Flip Phone,” “Aye,” and “There She Go” featuring Remy Boy Monty with his only release being Mixtape II appearing near the end of the year. Wap was also featured in Cheat Codes’ single “Feels Great” with CVBZ.
Enter 2018. To hold fans over for his next full length release, Zoo King, Wap released the mixtape For My Fans III: The Final Chapter containing features from Remy Boy Monty, Sean Garrett and Duke. On 6IX9INE’s new single, “KEKE,” he joins forces with Fetty Wap and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Wap and is currently on the road supporting FMF III.