CelebrityWhat You Can Learn from Fetty Wap’s Fearless Style
The rapper behind hits like “Trap Queen” shows you the way to wear this season’s hottest outerwear trend, the track jacket.
Fifteen minutes. That's how long they put Fetty Wap onstage for. “They,” in this case, being a janky St. Louis radio station hosting one of the endless series of “Summer Jam” concerts that form a kind of unofficial American hip-hop package show each year. Fifteen minutes is also what a lot of barbershop debaters and haters figured the length of Fetty's career would be. Sure, he's got a few catchy songs. But isn't he a little bubblegum? Isn't his sound—which openly defies hip-hop and R&B standards—too unorthodox? But the debaters were wrong. Just like that radio station was wrong: The crowd of 4,000 St. Louisans knew that Fetty Wap has more than 15 minutes of No. 1, chart-breaking, stuck-in-your-head hits. To fit them all into his allotted time, he had to distill those hits to basically just their hooks. Hook after hook after hook—“Trap Queen,” and “679,” and “Again,” and “My Way,” and “RGF Island.”
He's not afraid of just being a “hook artist.” “A good hook means good music,” he later told me. “If I'm the boy who makes good hooks, I guess I'm the boy everybody has to go to.”
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Track jackets have been staples of hip-hop culture since forever, and now (finally!) they're bum-rushing the fashion world. They've become an essential part of the whole athleisure movement, and that's cool, but we think they look even cooler when they're worn with real street clothes—like, say, a monster toggle coat. As for what to wear underneath, well, you could certainly do a T-shirt. But nothing beats a gold Cuban-link chain.
There doesn't seem to be much that Fetty is afraid of. He's not afraid of being typecast. He's not afraid of being a rapper who makes hip-hop that skews pop. He's not ashamed of showing where his left eye was claimed by glaucoma when he was a child: He flaunts it; it's become his signature. He's not afraid to have multiple girlfriends, at the same time. (“I know it ain't right in y'all's eyes,” he said to his 4 million followers on Instagram. “But I love two different personalities & I'm living my life and getting this money so fuck how ya feel. #Zoovie #RichAnHappy.”) He's not even scared of the thing that's probably the biggest danger to him: his dirt-bike obsession. Even though he's blind-ish. (“I'm pretty blind, you know?”) Even though, he says, he can't wear helmets. “One bad thing is that with my left eye, helmets block my vision completely.” Last September, he broke his leg in three places and fractured bones in his face during a crash in New Jersey. But is he afraid to ride his bike again? When we spoke, he told me he was gearing up to go riding. “Just because you fall doesn't mean you stop. You just learn from your mistakes. Now I'm nice.” #Nice #Zoovie #RichAnHappy.