Fetty Wap’s real name is Willie Maxwell II. He was born on 7 June 1991 in Paterson, New Jersey. When he was a child, Willie was diagnosed with glaucoma. Eventually, he lost his left eye. Today, he is using a prosthesis, which is impossible to tell from a real organ.
Maxwell showed his interest in music when he was 22 years old. It’s considered rather late for the music industry, but it didn’t keep the artist from searching for fame. Even though Willie liked rap, he tried hard to find his own special style.
While still in search for perfect music, Willie began his career in 2014. Some of his early fans suggested he would take Fetty as a pseudonym. It was a jargon word for money, which Willie knew well how to earn. The word Wap appeared as a tribute to the rapper Gucci Mane’s album.
The artist debuted in 2014 with the song "Trap Queen", which was uploaded to the Internet in February. It took the public almost nine months to show its appreciation. The single was listened to over 130 million times on SoundCloud. With the assistance of a famous music industry attorney Navarro W. Gray, the musician signed his first contract with 300 Entertainment. He immediately started working with such artists as Kevin Liles, Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz, and Roger Gold.