Fetty Wap has had a crazy year so far. From his debut on this years XXL freshman cover to being the only person in hip hop history to have four–yes you read it right–four hit singles on the Billboard charts. The Paterson native is paving the way for a new sound and a new style of music.
Like many new artist Fetty was met with a lot of apprehension, however, the summer ended being his with, “Trap Queen,” building most of his fan base and his popularity. Last week the 1738 front man released his debut album, Fetty Wap, via RGF Productions/300 Entertainment. I, like most people, was anxious to see if he had the ability to put together a solid body of work that would be able to support his success. The album was unexpected and expected at the same time–just stay with me here it comes full circle–most will like it, however, it isn’t for everyone.
First off the production is top notch, there are tracks on here that I listened to and after it was over, “Gotdamn,” was the only thing I could muster up. The use of 808 percussion fits well with the overall feel of the album itself. The average listener can appreciate the heavy bass and rich samples.
You have no choice but to put yourself in the trap house whipping up that work with a couple baddies bagging up the product. Tracks like, “Trap Luv,” “Boomin,” and “I Wonder” have the best use of chords and and head banging bass. “Again,” takes the cake though it sounds much crisper than before. Phonetically it sounds ten times better than the initial release.
Lyrically, Fetty isn’t the best emcee in the world, but is that really why you like him? No, it isn’t. He is the perfect party or booming down the freeway at insane speeds type of emcee (HOTRILL does not recommend this). This is what I was talking about earlier, full circle. Most of the time I found myself not even paying attention to what he was saying at all. Surprisingly the singing isn’t as off putting as I thought it would be; in fact I prefer it over most of the rapping portions of the songs. Most of the time he is extremely unintelligible, but it’s very fun to listen to (Kanye shrug).
Content wise the whole project is pretty simple: Money, Hoes and Clothes, all a brother knows. I would have like to here more of his story, or about his kids, or growing up in Paterson; something that strayed away from his affinity for money and Robin’s Jeans. He does switch it up a little bit on his “rise and grind” track, “No Days Off.” It gives the album a refreshing sound overall. It’s reminiscent of that 2010 Wiz Khalifa, before the whole Blacc Hollywood days. Big Zoovier likes to stay in his own backyard and I’m not mad at that.
Fetty kept most of the project pretty much in house when it came to features. With the exception of M80, Fetty’s running mate, Monty is the only that is featured on the entire album. This was kind of disappointing to see–like I said before the summer was his he could have gotten so many people–and with a cosign from Drake, having more features would have taken his album to the next level. Even a verse or two from his 300 Entertainment label mates.
I wasn’t upset with this album simply because I didn’t have extremely high expectations. This is what makes Fetty Wap such a great artist to vibe to. He’s the ringer on the bench that no one would expect to actually have something pretty dope to offer, but in the fourth quarter he pulls up a deep three cinching the game. He comes in clutch when you need to woo a girl or upset the elderly with obscenely loud vibrations. Will he be an MVP–the jury is still deliberating over that–only time will tell. Once he gets some more years under his belt then maybe he will be able to contend with some of the opposition. Stay up and Stay TRILL.
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