Fetty Wap is living his “plan B” dream right, he says in the cover story for Vibe’s latest digital issue. The New Jersey “Trap Queen” rapper speaks about his fast rise to fame, fatherhood, fears and Bobby Shmurda in the extensive Q&A.
It’s only been a couple of years since Fetty decided to give music a go, after he realized that selling drugs wasn’t a good option and working a regular 9 to 5 wasn’t his speed. “It just wasn’t for me,” he says of quitting a gig at Fed Ex after two days. “I couldn’t take people telling me what to do and s**t. My next job after that was Popeye's for a week. And that’s only because I was eating it [laughs]. I was right back in the trap after a week. But I knew I wasn’t meant for any of those jobs or the trap.”
Fetty wanted more from life — for himself, and mostly importantly, for his children. “I just knew I wanted to be something. Whatever I could get up out of life I was going to get it.”
He wasn’t willing to do anything to get money, even though family is what drives the 24-year-old. Being a father is his most important job, but also one that scares him the most, and his music schedule isn’t helping to ease things. “I used to see them every day. Now, my biggest fear is that my daughter is going to be crying because she doesn’t know who I am,” he shared. “Or she’s going to be crying because she’s happy to see me. She’s still young so she doesn’t really know what’s up right now. As a man though, that s**t kind of hurts me. That’s my baby girl, my only daughter. What man don’t want their daughter to know who they [are]?”
Towards the end of the interview, Fetty explains why his missing eye (which he lost due to glaucoma) isn’t a disability and discusses Shmurda, who he says was among the first to share “Trap Queen” on social media.
“We’re some young hood n****s that lived a certain lifestyle, and there’s consequences that come with that,” Fetty says. “Right now, he’s doing his time like a G. When that’s over, he’ll come back out and move on. Sometimes you can be far, far away from the hood and this type of s**t still follows you.”
Fetty continues, noting that Shmurda’s reputation made him a target. “I believe if you were a person known for violence — or every time you go somewhere someone’s gets shot and s**t like that, then the cops will really be on you. At all my parties there don’t really be none of that s**t. I don’t give the people the opportunity.”
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