Fetty Wap is currently behind bars for trafficking drugs, which has given him the time to ponder his actions and recognize the importance of his career in music.
On Tuesday (November 21), XXL published the 32-year-old rapper’s first interview since he was sent to prison earlier this year. In the chat, he was asked what he’s been thinking about during his time away from the spotlight.
“Some of the things I think about really is being home,” he answered. “I take accountability for everything I did. I don’t really be blaming nobody for nothing. It ain’t nobody else fault that I’m here.
“However it may have went down, whatever, like with the people and all that, basically, just not standing tall. But at the end of the day, that’s my fault for involving myself around people like that. And putting your trust in the people that’s not really real, that’s not really who they say they is. So, my whole thing is like, man, just stop fuckin’ with n-ggas, man. That’s how I feel.”
He added: “I just reflect on some of the shit I did in the last few years, how I feel like I coulda took music a lot more serious than I did. And like just keep it that route, instead of this route. I’m just grateful that I’m still here; I’m still breathing. I’m able to see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
He also acknowledged that even though he will be locked up for over half a decade, which will undoubtedly hinder his career, he’s still fortunate when compared to some of those around him.
“I’m around a lot of people that’s doing real lengthy sentences,” he explained. “Some of the dudes I be kickin’ it in here with, some dudes got 50 years and 30 years, some of them got life. One of my mans, who I was in Brooklyn MDC [a federal administrative detention facility that holds prisoners with pending cases] with, right now, he facing 120 years. And he just smiling every day. We just be kicking it with each other. I be telling him about all the music experience I have.
“I met a lot of genuine people in here. So, you know, they all like, ‘Yo, bro, when you get out, man, take that serious, man. Stop fuckin’ around with your blessings before you end up losing it for good.’ So, you know that’s one of the things that I reflect on — really taking music serious and going places.”
In May, Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in helping run a drug ring out of Long Island. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, for which prosecutors argued for a longer sentence by claiming that he had used his platform to “glamorize the drug trade” while making millions from his music after blowing up in 2015.
He was arrested on federal drug charges at New York’s Citi Field in October 2021 as he was gearing up to take the stage at New York’s Rolling Loud Festival.
After his arrest, the FBI recovered 16 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl pills, two 9mm handguns, a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol, ammunition and $1.5 million in cash.