First Listen: Fetty Wap, ‘Fetty Wap’

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fetty Wap Might Have A Lot More Hits On The Way — Listen To His Debut Album For Proof.

Fetty Wap rides a motorcycle, pops champagne, hangs out beneath an overpass and flirts with an underappreciated woman in his video for “My Way.” The skittering track, which revolves around a melismatic vocal hook, features a verse from Remy Boyz member Monty, who joins Fetty in the celebratory clip.

2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.Fetty, who lost his left eye to glaucoma as a child and who has decided to no longer wear his prosthesis, now has three songs in the Top 20, with both the more playful “679” and the darker “My Way” looking to duplicate the success of “Trap Queen”.You know this, but let’s recap quickly, just to be awed for a moment: Late last month, he became the first artist ever to have his first four singles crack the top ten in the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart’s 26-year history. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. That accomplishment was thanks to “Trap Queen,” “My Way,” “679” and “Again.” We’re getting our first taste of the answer to those questions on Thursday (Sept. 24), thanks to a stream of the New Jersey rapper’s self-titled debut album, which officially hits stores on Friday.

With 20 tracks and almost an hour and 20 minutes of music, the album is jam-packed with new cuts from Fetty, plus all the ones you’ve been singing along to for months. The rappers mingle throughout with several women who enjoy vaping. “My Way” – the third single from the 24-year-old New Jersey native’s self-titled debut LP, following “Trap Queen” and “679” – came out in February, peaking this summer at Number Seven on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Rather than grabbing a bunch of big-name features — which he definitely could have done — Fetty steers the ship himself, only bringing along his home team Remy Boyz for help on a handful of tracks. A little while later Peoples was working on something else, nosed around and came across Tony Fadd’s beat for “Trap Queen.” Peoples thought they might have something right there. His warble, his facial imperfection, his shambolic manner — in another era, somebody would have dropped a publishing deal in his lap and had him behind closed doors writing for marquee types.

In a democratic display the likes of which we probably won’t see anytime soon, the people put him on their shoulders, and from there he jumped to radio. Fetty’s sound would not be so well-received had this nation not been tenderized by Drake, by Future, by Kanye, which is it to say, by T-Pain, by Akon, by Nate Dogg, by The-Dream, by Kid Cudi and Soulja Boy, by Teddy Riley, Roger Zapp and Charlie Wilson. There is room in Fetty’s melodies for him, a black man from Paterson, N.J., to be more than one thing: to be warm and triumphant, insistent and sincere, hungry and daydreaming. Through his songs, his socials (where he pines for his kids as often as he promotes club dates) and how he’s responded to success, he’s reconstituted what it means to be hard. Fetty Wap has been a singles machine, but now we have an album, Fetty Wap, marinated in the leitmotifs that he and RGF Productions, his musical collaborators, created, phrases that sound kind, that refer to real people and that have immortalized several seasons of love in the club, the backyard, the park, the beach and the whip, plus prom and homecoming.

That abundance is thoughtful, collecting as it does the heat that’s been floating around, the singles with industry muscle behind them, seven songs produced by Peoples, seven featuring Fetty’s right hand, Monty, almost all of which were recorded and redone in Clifton, New Jersey, nowhere expensive.

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