Willie Junior Maxwell, popularly known as Fetty Wap, was born on June 7, 1991. He is an American singer and rapper who became a household name after the success of his hit single, ‘Trap Queen.’ The song went on to be played millions of times on SoundCloud. He was passionate about rapping and singing from a very young age. The hit single took him to great heights and earned him more than a dozen nominations, including a Grammy award. The jury of many awards has recognized his contribution to music. Come along as we celebrate him today.
Willie Junior Maxwell
June 7, 1991
Willie Junior Maxwell, popularly known as Fetty Wap, started taking an interest in music in 2012. He was initially just a rapper but later decided to start singing because he wanted to do something different. He launched his career alongside Montana Bucks, Khaos, and P. Dice in the hip-hop group Remy Boyz. He released solo singles ‘Addicted’ and ‘Zoovier’ in 2014, as well as appeared on Remy Boyz’s mixtape “1738.” Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment company is now home to him and fellow rap artists Young Thug and Migos.
His breakthrough single, ‘Trap Queen’ was released in 2014. The song was first uploaded to his Soundcloud account — it jumped into the Top 20 of “Billboard’s” Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in its third week of release. The hit was soon remixed by French Montana and crossed into the Top 10 of the “Billboard” Hot 100, while Maxwell joined Young Thug and Migos on Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment label. Following that, he released two mixtapes and received Grammy nominations, as well as a constant stream of hits, including ‘Wake Up,’ which reached the “Billboard” Top 50 in the summer of 2016. In 2020 he offered up the brief seven-song mixtape “Trap & B,” a collection of romantically themed trap songs that arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day release. In October 2021, six years after the arrival of his debut, Maxwell released his second studio album, “The Butterfly Effect.” The album remained consistent with his melodic trap approach, with no guest artists or rappers.
Maxwell has six children from five different women. His childhood love, Ariel Reese, gave birth in 2011 to his daughter, Aydin Zoovier. He appeared on the third season of V.H.1.’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood,” which documented his strained relationship with Masika. He also appeared on the ninth season of “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” which documented his strained relationship with model Alexis Skyy. In early 2018, Skyy named Maxwell as the father of her daughter Alaiya. In 2019, Maxwell publicly stated that he is not Alaiya’s biological father but is still a father figure to her. Later that year, he privately married model Leandra K. Gonzalez — however, they got divorced after a year. In July 2021, his daughter, Lauren, died at four due to complications from a congenital heart arrhythmia, according to T.M.Z.
Maxwell releases his commercial single ‘Trap Queen.’
Maxwell releases "Fetty Wap" on September 25.
Maxwell’s song ‘Trap Queen’ wins Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
Maxwell wins Top New Artist.
Maxwell becomes the first artist to simultaneously have four singles on the “Billboard” Top 10 rap songs.
Why We Love Fetty Wap
His unique sound
Maxwell portrays a very distinctive sound. His voice is one of a kind — his beats are ear-bottling and create a good feeling. Maxwell’s sound even made the likes of Taylor Swift’s and Chris Brown’s camps that later asked the artist to go on tour with them.
His street style
You always catch Maxwell in a new pair of Jordans. His self-proclaimed signature Red Robin jeans which he raps about in almost every rap song.
He loves to give back
He supplied turkeys to low-income families for Thanksgiving. He also threw money at people at Garden State Plaza, a Paramus, New Jersey mall. He claimed he distributed the funds since you never know who might be in need.
5 Surprising Facts
He spent $80k on his teeth
According to T.M.Z., Maxwell had 20 porcelain veneers installed, each costing $4,000!
The meaning of his name
In an interview with “Global Grind,” Maxwell reveals that 'Fetty' is slang for ‘money,’ while 'Wap' is a reference to his idol, Alabama rapper Gucci Mane, also known as Guwop.
‘Trap Queen’ is about a real person
In an interview, he revealed that the song was inspired by heartbreak.
He loves Haitian culture
Maxwell wears the Haitian flag as a tribute to his partner’s late grandmother, who is Haitian.
He almost went blind
When he was little, Maxwell got into a little accident and got congenital glaucoma in both eyes, but the doctors managed to save one eye.
Fetty Wap FAQs
Is Fetty Wap blind?
No. He suffered an accident resulting in congenital glaucoma in both eyes. However, the doctors were able to restore his vision to one of his eyes.
How much did “Fetty Wap” sell the first week?
In its first week, the album sold 129,000 album-equivalent units (75,000 in pure album sales).
How did Fetty Wap lose his brother?
He was shot and killed in New Jersey.
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