Willie Maxwell (born June 7, 1990), better known by his stage name Fetty Wap, is an American rapper. A native of 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. 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, and is of Haitian descent.
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" because he was always known for getting 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 gold record and has over 10 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.
When he was a child, Wap developed glaucoma in both eyes. His doctors were unable to save his left eye, in which he currently wears an ocular prosthesis.