Fetty Wap is the stage name of Willie Maxwell II, who is a well-known and successful rapper, singer, and songwriter. He began his career in 2014 and in this short period of time, he has already accrued an estimated personal net worth of $8 million. So, how did Fetty Wap become so rich so quickly? Although he is now enjoying great success in the limelight, his life began rather differently. He was born in Peterson, New Jersey, on June 7, 1991. He was born with glaucoma in both eyes and, unfortunately, he was fitted with a prosthesis as doctors could not save his left eye.
The rapper first began to show an interest in music in 2013 when he was in his early twenties. Although he had initially started rapping, he wanted to do something different and decided to give singing a go as well. He earned his stage name thanks to a nickname given to him by his friends. Who called him ‘Fetty’, which is a slang term meaning money. This was because he was known for always making money. The ‘Wap’ element of his stage name was a tribute to GuWop, who is the alias of Gucci Mane.
In early 2014, Fetty Wap released his debut commercial single, ‘Trap Queen’. It is a song about a woman who cooks and deals cocaine. Despite having recorded the song in February of that year, it didn’t achieve much recognition until November when people suddenly became aware of Fetty Wap’s music. It went on to have 130 million plays on SoundCloud and became a platinum record. This success led to the rapper securing himself a recording contract with 300 Entertainment and a distribution deal with Atlantic Records. Originally, Fetty Wap intended to release his debut mixtape in February 2015, but this was delayed because he continued to write new songs.
He released his second single ‘679’, in June 2015. The music video for this single was released on YouTube in May prior to the commercial release of the single. This single did not achieve much success when it was first released. Wap then released ‘My Way’ and this became his second single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 in the top 10. This single was remixed by Drake. Following the success of ‘My Way’, his former single ‘679’ had a resurgence in popularity and climbed to number four in the Hot 100.
As a result of the success of his three singles, Fetty Wap became the first male rapper to have three singles in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time since 2013 when Eminem achieved the same accolade. His run of success continued with his fourth single ‘Again’. When this entered the Hot Rap Songs Chart in the top 10, he was the first rapper in the history of the chart to have four singles in the top 10 at the same time.
Wap decided that it was time to release his debut studio album and he released the self-titled album in September 2015. This achieved phenomenal sales and debuted n the top position on the US Billboard 200. In the same year, Wap finally released his first two mixed tapes. Since 2015, the rapper has continued to enjoy a successful career in the music industry and has released several more successful singles and has also collaborated with many other artists. It is predominantly from sales of his music that he now has a personal net worth of $8 million.
In his personal life, the young artist has seven children with six different women. The mother of his fourth child, Khari, is Masika Kalysha, who is the star of ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’. Wap appeared in the third season of the reality series and it covered his relationship with Kalysha. He will also appear in the ninth series of ‘Love & Hip Hop: New York’. This covers his relationship with Alexis Skyy, who is the mother of his sixth child. He has earned money through his appearances in these reality series.
A further source of income for Fetty Wap is from a mobile racing game that features the rapper and Monty. This game is an offshoot of Nitro Nation Stories and is available on Apple TV, tablet or phone. The game has different storylines, car customization, and multi-player options.
Written by Garrett Parker
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