Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" has been the song of choice for most of the summer in Paterson, N.J. When we first got wind of it in July, the song's rough draft had around 500,000 plays on SoundCloud. It is now clocking in at just above two million. The video above is the cleaner version with a new verse and has 500,000-plus views since August. The Internet is a wonderful thing. The people who shared the SoundCloud and YouTube links have helped the song get play on local hip-hop stations like Hot 97, and the positive response has resulted in Fetty getting booked for shows and interest from labels—as well as 300 Entertainment.
We kicked it with Fetty to talk about his recent success, his sound, and his eye.
“Trap Queen” is blowing up in the tri-state—New York, New Jersey, Connecticut—right now. How does that feel?
I put a lot of footwork and social media work into it so it’s kind of something you expect to happen. After you go so hard, it’s either going to grow or it’s not going to grow.
Who produced the track?
They do all of your beats?
No, I have a couple of my own in-house producers. It’s RGF Productions, Peoples Garcia, and I got K Frenzy.
What happened to the eye?
I’m not going to tell you.
You don’t want to talk about it?
I’m not going to tell anybody. It don’t really matter who asks me, they all get the same answers.
How did you come up with the concept of “Trap Queen”?
Honestly, being in the trap. I was just dealing with somebody at the time, and she was holding me down. We were building a lot, and I came up with the concept. She was my trap queen.
Who influences your style of music?
I made it for the people who listen to trap music without them knowing they’re listening to trap music. That’s basically what I tried to do without confusing everybody. There's a couple people that inspire me. Gucci Mane is my favorite artist. I watched him from when he first started with Chicken Talk to right now with Trap God. I've been following Gucci Mane for a long time. Another artist I can say I look up to is Young Jeezy. He talks that trap shit too.
I never really thought I was going to be a singer honestly. I never listened to singers, I always listened to rap music. I cling more to the South. I used to listen to the Dem Franchise Boyz, D4L, and all that.
So you were in the studio and you just said, “Let me try to sing this?”
Yeah that’s exactly how it happened. I was just like, “That’s hot,” and ran with it.
Where were you when the song was first on the radio?
I was sleep, man. [Laughs.]
How did you find out?
Everybody was hitting me up on my socials. That’s when I started pushing it.
I made it for the people who listen to trap music without them knowing they’re listening to trap music.
The song has mad hits on SoundCloud.
Word is bond. I was just doing my thing. If only the people around you know you’re an artist then you’re doing something wrong. It’s crazy how it goes. To be from where I’m from and to get this opportunity. I just look at it as a blessing.
You have to deliver another now. You have to make sure it’s not a fluke.
I’m not really worried about that. The whole music process is what I do. That’s the difference between me and other artists. They get that one song and they try to make another one better. I don’t ever try to make a song better than my last song. I just try to make it different from my last one. Everything that I do do is better than everything that I’ve done on a previous song. I’m not really worried about that. That’s not really a factor to me.
You’ve been getting booked recently. You were on a bill with Dej Loaf, right?
Yeah, I was on the bill with her, Rae Sremmurd, Bobby Shmurda in Rhode Island at the Juice Jam.
How was that? How did people respond to the song?
At first, they didn’t who I was, but as soon as it dropped it was like, “Oh shit, I love this song.”
Who are the Remy Boyz?
Me, Montana Bucks, and P. Dice started that up. There's four of us including Khaos. I got 'em on my mixtape and SoundCloud. I always put my squad in everything that I do even though people tell me not to. I do what I want because it's been working. I don’t listen to anybody.