Coming straight out of Paterson, New Jersey, Fetty Wap (real name: Willie Maxwell II) captured the hearts of the American people in early 2015 with the overnight success of “Trap Queen.” But the meteoric ascent of the single – which quickly proved an inescapable club circuit mainstay – belied an astonishing work ethic, a quality Fetty himself attributes to his hero, Atlanta legend Gucci Mane (aka ‘GuWop’). In a 2015 interview with the New York City-based radio station Hot 97, the then twenty-three-year-old rising star claimed to write twenty to thirty songs songs every single time he hit the studio. Proof of this dedication soon followed in repeated hits with “679,” “My Way,” and “Again,” before his self-titled debut album peaked at the top of the Billboard charts in September 2015.
Since the success of the album, Fetty’s unmistakable singing voice and clear songwriting talent has appeared as a standout feature on cuts from Ty Dolla $ign, David Guetta, The Knocks, Gwen Stefani, and Fifth Harmony, to name just a few. Looking past a consistent stream of interim mixtapes (Coke Zoo with French Montana, Money, Hoes & Floes with PnB Rock, etc.), word on the street (read: internet) is that the Paterson native is slated to release his sophomore full-length sometime in early 2017.
With the buzz refusing to die, Fetty Wap (aka Zoo Wop, aka Zoovie Zoo) will be bringing his live show to the vast caverns of DC’s premier nightclub and concert venue, Echostage, on Sunday, January 15th.
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