Fetty Wap has made history with his run of radio singles including “Trap Queen,” “My Way” and “679.” The Paterson, New Jersey artist was recently named as one of Forbes “Hip Hop Cash Princes” for his commercial success.
In a recent conversation with comedian Trevor Noah for Interview Magazine, Fetty Wap says that his purpose is greater than making a name for himself.
“I don’t care about being Fetty Wap,” he says. “Like, this doesn’t mean anything to me. My plan was to make sure that my son would be good, and I have a daughter now, so now she’s included into the equation, and the work I do as Fetty Wap made me care. To see that people appreciate the work that I put in to make these songs for them, that’s what makes me care. I don’t care about being Fetty Wap. But just understand that there’s work behind this.”
Fetty Wap says his Zoo Gang consists of 17 people that he helps pay for their cars and apartments. He explains that his music is just a stepping stone for a larger goal for the group.
“I’m not going to overwork myself,” he says. “If I have to chase the money, then I can’t do this no more. That’s not what I signed up for. I didn’t sign up to tire myself out. I signed up to get enough money where we could be all right for a little while, and then we could just start to find little businesses or enterprises.”
Despite saying that his platform has not changed his mission, Fetty Wap, born Willie Maxwell II, says that the fame has affected his daily life. He cites the incident where Masika Kalysha claims she is pregnant with his child as a reason that he chooses to separate his personal life from his work.
“I always tell my mom I don’t have regular problems,” he says. “I have problems, like, what type of girl is going to say they’re pregnant by me today? Those are the types of issues I have. I don’t beef with people, because I don’t be around people. Nobody can’t say nothing about me, because ain’t nobody know nothing about me.”
To read the entire interview with Trevor Noah and Fetty Wap, visit Interview Magazine.
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