Admit it, after hearing “Trap Queen” for the first time, you thought the song was terrible. Then a couple listens later you found the lyrics funny. Then all a sudden you were quoting the lyrics in your English essays. Then you heard a second song, probably either “My Way” or “679” and thought ‘wow, who is this guy?’ Then a friend told you, in a moment that you now look back upon as the beginning of your spiritual awakening, that the rapper who birthed these songs goes by the name Fetty Wap, whom you soon came to know as the second coming of Jesus.
When you think about it, none of it really makes any sense. Does he sing or does he rap? Is this part of the new hybrid of rapping and singing at the same time that seems to be popular? Fetty is most definitely not the best rapper and is by no means Adele or Sam Smith. Then again, these days you do not need to be a good singer to be a popular singer. When artists such as Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo are using their albums as vehicles to discuss inequality, maybe Fetty adds his perspective. Yet, Fetty’s lyrics are not going to be winning any awards, besides Most-Likely-to-Use-the-Same-Lines-in-Every-Song-on-an-Album. That’s the thing: no one knows how or why Fetty came to be the first artist since The Beatles (yes, the band that many consider the best band ever) to have their first three singles chart concurrently in the Billboard Top 10.
Fetty lives and dies by the catchiness of his songs, and his songs are ridiculously catchy. It would be pretty hard to find someone on this campus who does not know the chorus to “Trap Queen” or “679,” or someone who does not use Fetty language such as “cooking pies with my baby” in their daily language, or “hey, what’s up, hello” as a pickup line. And who could forget the “yeaaaaaa’s, skwah, Remy Boys” or the “1738” that accompanies every song.
Though it was not until after “679” rose to near “Trap Queen” level status that Fetty’s genius became evident. “Again” is his best song to date with its lyrics asking for reconciliation in a very relatable way. The song is much slower – unfortunately not a party anthem, but it’s definitely a song that Drake could have sung too. The beat is laid back, perfect for late night listening.
Luckily, after “Again,” talks of Fetty being a one hit wonder were squashed. At one point, Fetty held four of the top ten songs on the Billboard Rap Songs Chart. And now we finally have his debut album clocking in at a whopping 20 songs on the deluxe edition. Fetty is great, but an hour and a half of Fetty is admittedly a lot to take in. For the few non-fans out there, the debut album does nothing to convince you of Fetty’s godness. For the many fans out there, the debut album is basically the first four singles dragged out into 20 songs – both a blessing and a curse. There are many good songs on the album to discover. “Rewind” is in the vein of “Again,” a breakup song with hope of reconciliation that has a late night atmosphere to it. The chorus is of course catchy too.
We live in the age of Taylor Swift’s so-called “squad” taking over the world, to a squad of squirrels who are about to “drop the dopest album of 2015.” Luckily for all the squads out there, Fetty Wap made the ultimate squad album. All the features on this album are from people part of Fetty’s squad: Remy Boys. Monty is featured on half of the songs, and M80 gets a song. Not even Drake’s verse on the remix of “My Way” made the cut. Songs like “How We Do Things” and “For My Team” are made for montages of pictures of your squad.
For all the weirdness surrounding the rise of Fetty Wap, the debut album extends the reign of Fetty past the first couple of singles. Who knows if there’s a fifth single ready to become ubiquitous. So, while we wait, let’s all #prayforfetty.