Willie Maxwell (born June 7, 1990) , better known by his stage name Fetty Wap, is an American rapper from Paterson, New Jersey. He is best known for his 2014 hit single "Trap Queen", which peaked at number 2 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 in May 2015. He signed with 300 Entertainment in November 2014 and is set to release a self-titled mixtape in 2015. He was also chosen as part of the XXL magazine 2015 Freshman Class.
Wille Maxwell was raised in a housing project in Paterson, New Jersey. He began taking interest in music in 2013. Initially starting off as only a rapper, he later decided to start singing as well because he "wanted to do something different." He was nicknamed "Fetty" (slang for money) as he was known for making money. "Wap" was added to the end of the name to perform under in tribute to his favorite rapper Gucci Mane.
Wap's first single was released in early 2014 titled "Trap Queen". He made the song in February 2014, but it did not start to get recognition until mid-November 2014, and since it has become a platinum record and has over 80 million plays on SoundCloud. His debut mixtape, Fetty Wap: The Mixtape was originally set for release in February 2015 but was delayed because he continued making new songs. On June 29, 2015, Wap released his second single "679". The song's accompanying music video premiered on YouTube in May.
When he was a child, Wap developed glaucoma in both eyes. He revealed in a 2015 interview that doctors were unable to save his left eye and instead fitted him with an ocular prosthesis.
Wap uniformly wears the flag of Haiti and does so in honor of his daughter's grandmother who had passed. Throughout the process of wearing it, he did some background research, and developed a love and appreciation for the Haitian culture. He quotes one of Haiti's national motto's, "unity brings strength" (l'union fait la force) , and the importance on how unity has built his career and how it overpowers everything. He explains that he didn't really grow up out of love and mentions the struggles he has had, but the mutual love for the Haitian people are strong and supportive, and urges that he does not wear the flag for the looks.